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Founded by Dr. Albert C. Barnes, the Barnes Foundation is home to one of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modernist paintings in the world—including works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso, plus important African sculpture, Pennsylvania German furniture, and decorative arts.
General Admission is $5 for college students (with valid ID)
Known as the birthplace of the American flag, this historic house tells the story of Betsy Ross and her exciting life in the 18th century through interactive tours.
$7 tickets with valid ID
This giant former prison was once the most famous and expensive in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Tour the vaulted, sky-lit cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone’s Cell, and Death Row.
Get $4 off admission with your student ID
Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia for six years, and during that time he wrote some of his most mystifying and well-known works, including “The Tell-Tale Heart” and many others.
FringeArts is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that expands the imagination and boldly defies expectation. Our programming exposes audiences to genre-defying dance, theater, and music performances by accomplished and emerging innovators who push the boundaries of art-making and redefine the artistic landscape worldwide.
$15 student tickets to events year-round and additional discounts during Fringe Festival
Experience the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, and art, plus experiences on the water. Climb aboard ships, board submarines, and explore the many unique exhibits.
$4 off admission with student ID
This University City spot was created in 1963 to expose students to what was “new and happening,” and it still continues to do just that through its engaging art that “speaks to urgent issues facing our community and our country,” according to the Institute’s Director.
The Kimmel Center is Philly’s home of the performing arts, offering year-round programming from jazz to comedy to Broadway + a calendar of free performances.
$10 tickets to select shows through KimmelSTIX
This Old City museum explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive digital elements bring to life the diverse array of people that created a new nation against incredible odds.
A Smithsonian-affiliated museum focusing on the 360-year history of Jews in America, featuring a collection of 20,000 objects in its many exhibitions.
$13 admission with valid ID
Opera Philadelphia embraces innovation and developing opera for the 21st century, and features extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and gives them the opportunities to create their most imaginative and inspired work.
$10 tickets with student ID
This FREE museum and art school tells the stories of American art through its incredible collections, exhibitions, and programs featuring 19th- and 20th-century paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Photo: B. Krist for VISIT PHILADELPHIA
This nationally recognized ballet company produces extraordinary performances of a diverse classical and contemporary repertoire at the Academy of Music, an iconic venue on the Avenue of the Arts.
$10 student rush tickets with valid ID, presented one hour before performance time
A small, intimate theater managed by the Philadelphia Film Society showing independent, mainstream, and international cinema.
$7 rush tickets
Climb our iconic building’s famous Rocky steps and explore 200 galleries of art from all around the world. We are home to a world-class collection and Philadelphia’s destination for creative play.
Student admission $14 student tickets (with valid ID)
Pay What You Wish days: Wednesday Nights (5:00-8:45pm); First Sundays (10:00am—5:00pm)
Student membership $40
Navigate through a stunning mosaic maze created by artist Isaiah Zagar. Check out the folk art statues, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, Zagar’s hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors, located right on South Street.
The only institution outside Paris dedicated entirely to the master sculptor. The garden provides an ideal setting to experience some of the world’s most celebrated works of art, with 150 bronzes, marbles, and plasters which represent the different phases of Auguste Rodin’s career.
Explore the historic house and rare book library, complete with more than 400,000 rare books! Check out the documents handwritten by America’s founding fathers, including George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson!
Located in the expansive Fairmount Park, this 17th century-style Japanese house and gardens reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia.
$8 admission with valid ID
Get a membership that offers college students access to FREE tickets to unlimited Philadelphia Orchestra concerts. With eZseatU, you’ll experience live music that will blow you away from some of the best seats in the Kimmel Center.
$25 for unlimited Philadelphia Orchestra concerts
This historic house museum is dedicated to 18th and 19th century history, and the network of people and places known as the “underground railroad.”
$5 admission with valid ID
Located on the Avenue of the Arts, the Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous arts through original, well-crafted productions that represent a range of voices, viewpoints, and styles.
$15 admission with valid ID