1877- Located at 312 North Broad St., the museum has diverse holdings, including:

  • East Asian Art
  • Costumes and Textiles
  • Indian and Himalayan Art
  • Middle East Collection
  • European Decorative Arts
  • European Painting and Sculpture
  • Prints, Drawings and Photographs
  • Rodin Museum
  • American Art Collection
  • Twentieth Century Art

In 1954, Louise and Walter Arensberg donated their entire collection of early Modern Art to the museum. In this collection were the world's largest collection of work by Marcel Duchamp who came in person to install the work. Together, this is known as "The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection" which has it's own wing. Among Duchamp's work is the infamous Nude Descending a Staircase that provoked such a controversy at the Armory Show 1913. It also includes The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even, L.H.O.O.Q. and a reproduction by the artist of the Readymade Fountain.

The Rodin museum has 124 sculptures.

Other artists whose work is in the Twentieth Century Art collection include:


Selected Sources: Babbit, Sherry, Editor, "Philadelphia Museum of Art, Handbook of the Collections", Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1995 http://www.philamuseum.org/ Clifford, Henry, "Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection", Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, 1954

Last Updated 04.28.02

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