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Fact Sheet

  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s internationally renowned collection consists of more than 240,000 objects, spanning 4,000 years. An additional 200,000 items are in the Library and Archives. The Museum is a collection of collections, with 65% of objects acquired as gifts.
  • Each year, the Museum attracts an average of 800,000 visitors on-site and nearly 10 million page views on our website: philamuseum.org.
  • The endowment stands at $487 million as of June 30, 2018, and the annual operating budget stands at $58.8 million for FY16. By 2020, the It Starts Here campaign aims to increase the Museum’s total endowment to over $500 million.
  • The City of Philadelphia provides appropriations for annual expenses: $2.55 million for operations and $3.2 million in the value of utilities (or 10% of our total budget).
  • The campus consists of the main building, the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, the Rodin Museum, and Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove Park Houses, totaling 1 million+ sq. ft. of property under our care. When the Museum’s main building first opened in 1928, many galleries remained empty, but they were filled over the next three decades and now provide a “walk through time.”
  • Frank Gehry was selected in 2006 to design the new Facilities Master Plan. We have since completed the Art Handling Facility in 2012.
  • The Core Project will open a total of 90,000 sq. ft. to the public, including 23,000 sq. ft. of gallery space (11,500 sq. ft. for Contemporary Art and 11,500 sq. ft. for American Art) and 67,000 sq. ft of public space (30,000 sq. ft. on Level C for the North and South Lobbies, the Vaulted Walkway, the Education Studios and coat check and 37,000 sq. ft on Level A for the Forum, Lenfest Hall, restrooms, retail, corridors and coat check).
  • The Museum’s collections of works by Thomas Eakins and Charles Willson Peale anchor the American Art galleries and tell of Philadelphia’s—and our nation’s—rich history.
  • The Museum’s Contemporary Art galleries are the only place Marcel Duchamp wanted his final, site-specific project, Étant donnés, installed, and the only place to see the most significant collection of Duchamp anywhere—including The Large Glass, in the exact location where the artist placed it in 1954.
  • The European Painting and Sculpture galleries consist of works by old masters, as well as by Impressionists Monet, Renoir, Manet, Pissarro, and Degas. The Rodin Museum houses the most important public collection of Rodin’s work outside Paris and includes the first bronze cast of The Gates of Hell.
  • Anchoring European Decorative Arts is the arms and armor collection of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch. Holdings total 20,000 objects, from Renaissance maiolica to Zaha Hadid’s concept car.
  • Prints, Drawings, and Photographs is the largest of the Museum’s curatorial collections, with more than 100,000 objects. Costume and Textiles is the second largest, with 30,000+ objects. Works in both departments are light-sensitive and must be rotated frequently, and therefore are a priority for cataloguing online.
  • East Asian Art numbers 9,000 objects from China, Japan, Korea, and across East Asia: lacquerware, furniture, ceramics, scrolls, paintings, and carpets and other decorative arts. The Museum has collected in this area since our founding in 1876. All three curatorial positions are endowed, and the Museum was the first in the United States to endow a curator of Korean art.
  • South Asian Art includes work from India, Nepal, Tibet, and across South Asia. Philadelphia is the only place outside India where visitors can see an Indian temple, complete with architecture and sculpture.
  • The collection grows by 1% annually. On average, 2,000 new works are accessioned each year, enhancing and broadening the scope of our holdings.
  • On average, 375 works of art travel across the world to exhibitions at 100+ peer institutions each year, making the Museum one of the most generous lenders. Exhibitions organized by the Museum frequently travel to international venues; recent examples include Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography, Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, and The Essential Duchamp.
  • Each year, Conservation examines hundreds of objects, undertaking both major and minor treatments. Major recent projects include Augustus Saint Gaudens’s towering figure Diana, Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic, and Diego Rivera’s frescoes Liberation of the Peon and Sugar Cane. Every day, objects are cleaned, assessed, preserved, and imaged. Our conservators have even been called upon to help conserve the sculpture of Alexander Stirling Calder atop Philadelphia City Hall, including the figure of William Penn, and to consult on the care of the Liberty Bell.
  • Over 145,000 objects can now be viewed online, and the Museum has over 960,000 followers on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat.
  • Approximately 200,000 people, including 65,000 schoolchildren, participate annually in educational programs, including tours, lectures, concerts, workshops, and art history courses. Admission is always free for children 12 and under. We have a long-standing commitment to early childhood education and were the first museum to welcome preschoolers and offer stroller tours.
  • After field trips to the Museum, Philadelphia School District students are given Family Return Museum Passes, which allow them to bring up to 8 family members and friends back to visit for free.
  • Four thousand teachers are served with resources and training opportunities each year, including 20 one-day events, the annual summer Visual Arts as Sources for Teaching program, and in-classroom workshops. For every teacher served, hundreds, if not thousands, of students’ lives are touched.
  • CollegeFest on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is held each September, at the beginning of the academic year, and attracts 3,000 students. In addition, 75,950 students with a valid college or university ID visit the Museum each year, at a discounted admission rate.
  • Museum membership totals over 40,000 households as of FY16.
  • The Museum has 375 full-time employees and 475 volunteers.


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