Philly + Architecture = Victorian

The Victorians of Philadelphia are much more substantial than the painted ladies of San Francisco, but no less ornate.  Frank Furness, one of Philly’s most prominent Victorian architects, left some of these over-the-top beauties:

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania

Peck Alumni Center, Drexel University


Undine Barge Club, Boathouse Row

In addition to his buildings, Furness also designed furniture, such as this amazing desk on display at The Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Christmas in Philly, Part 2 – The Christmas Story in Art


The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a fun place to spend a few hours celebrating the season (especially if it is cold and snowy outside).  They offer daily “The Christmas Story in Art”  highlight tours:

Plus, during the week between Christmas and New Years, they offer daily art projects based on works in the collection.  During our visit, it was medieval portraiture (although we used our supplies to make fun, shiny New Years cards):


All activities are free after admission (or totally free for members!)

Yoga By A Medieval Cloister & Contemporary Art: An Evening in Philly


Where else can you take a yoga class next to the fountain of a 13th century French monastery, surrounded by medieval architecture and stained glass? In the winter, yoga at the Philadelphia Museum of Art moves inside – this year to the Medieval galleries. Free with admission (you provide the mat), 2 classes are offered every Wednesday evening.  Wednesday nights at the art museum also offer tours, games and art-making – this week was card making:


After the museum, we took a walk down the Parkway to check out the latest outdoor art installation (Winter Fountains – through March 18, 2018).  By day, they look like odd white domes, but by night, they are illuminated with 3-D video images:


In the summer, free, Wednesday night yoga is held in the outdoor sculpture garden: Yoga And Juice (And A Popsicle)

WILD At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art

wildTobey really only likes museums if there is something to DO.  The new Wild exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (through 9/17/17) was a hit with both of us.  There is the main exhibit with its incredible photographs (Tobey’s favorite):


My favorite:


Plus, a kid-friendly audio-guide and a video, showing the backstory of several shots.  There is also a scavenger hunt for another 11 photographs located throughout the museum – the challenge is to find the relationship between the photos and artworks they are displayed with:


Hint: both show hunters/hunting equipment

AND, Splash Studio is located right next to the exhibit, where kids (and grown-ups) can create their own Wild inspired artwork.


Tobey & Kathy’s jungle masterpiece

Wild and Splash Studio are free with museum admission.

Today’s lunch:


A cheese steak, burger and fries from the museum’s food truck, A-Burger.  Great view and plenty of entertainment watching folks do their Rocky thing. (through 9/17/17)

Photo Op: Another Toilet – This One For Modern Art Fans

100 years ago, Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” scandalized the art world.  An exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (which, thanks to a relationship between Duchamp and a previous director of the museum, has one of the world’s best collections of Duchamp’s work) highlights the importance of this event.  I came across this photo-op by accident (luckily, not literally):


“Fountain” in the first floor women’s room

It’s located in the women’s room on the first floor of the museum.  No idea if there are others located in the museum – or how long it will be around.  But, for the moment, anyone with access to the women’s room can create their own “Fountain” photo.


Duchamp’s Fountain on display in the galleries (through 12/3/17)

Rocky… After You Finish Jogging The Steps And Seeing The Statue… Adrian’s headstone



After you pose with the statue; after you hum the song and jog the steps – then you can (literally) stand in Rocky’s footsteps.  This plaque is located at the top of the “Rocky” steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art – note how small his feet are (Tobey is a women’s size 7)!


To finish your Rocky pilgrimage, head over to Laurel Hill Cemetery for a photo of Adrian’s headstone: