About the Museum
Founded in 1805 by local artists and business leaders, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is dedicated to collecting American art from the 1760s to the present day. Inside its Gothic structure, the museum holds a particularly fine collection of paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the 19th and 20th centuries, including important works by Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer and Edmund Tarbell. Later artists such as Alex Katz, Faith Ringgold and Kehinde Wiley also feature, alongside a 500-strong collection of work by women artists reaching from the 1910s onwards. The museum boasts a vibrant exhibitions programme and is particularly committed to showcasing local artists as well as PAFA students and alumni.