Home to one of the largest collections of public art in the country, there's plenty to see in Philadelphia. Follow one of our self-guided public art tours below to uncover an array of sculptures around the city. Tours are grouped by location and highlight whether they are bicycle friendly, walking friendly, or both.

Featured tour

Around the Horticulture Center

Bike and Walking Friendly

distance:
2 miles Round Trip

Built in 1976 on the former site of Horticultural Hall – an 1876 Centennial Exposition Building – the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center is a modern exhibition hall and greenhouse with 27 acres of majestic trees and public art treasures in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park. (Grounds open daily from 9am – 3pm.)

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Bike and Walking Friendly

distance:
1.3 miles One Way

The Parkway’s renowned public art collection visually parallels the history of American sculpture. Running from the heart of Center City at City Hall to Fairmount Park at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Parkway has steadily evolved since the early 20th century as the city’s cultural mecca of art museums, educational institutions, and public artworks.

Bike and Walking Friendly

distance:
3.3 miles One Way

A remarkable collection of outdoor sculpture and Philadelphia’s historic Boathouse Row can be found along Kelly Drive, which follows the Schuylkill River through Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The Trail is an ideal spot for walking, jogging, or biking. (Bike rentals available at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row.)

Walking Friendly

distance:
1 hour Round Trip

Alexander Milne Calder’s colossal statue of William Penn stands atop City Hall, which covers four and a half acres in the heart of Center City. An artwork in itself with over 250 sculptures primarily attributed to Milne Calder, City Hall is surrounded by notable sculptures such as Claes Oldenburg’s “Clothespin.”

Bike and Walking Friendly

distance:
1 hour Round Trip

Both the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum of Art were completed in the 1920’s, and since that time an impressive collection of outdoor sculpture has been placed in this area.

Walking Friendly

distance:
30 minutes Round Trip

Some of Philadelphia’s most beloved outdoor sculptures were realized through the support of civic-minded Philadelphians. A selection of these artworks can be viewed in Rittenhouse Square, one of the five original squares planned by William Penn in the 1600’s.

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Around the Horticulture Center