The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a important diagonal road in the center of Philadelphia. The city hall is located at the beginning of the street. If you look down the road from the city hall, you get a great view of this street with at the end the Philadelphia Museum of Art. When you arrive to this museum via the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, you have to opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Rocky and climb the famous Rocky Stairs.
On top of the stairs, you have a wonderful view of the city of Philadelphia. And if you turn around, you can experience more history by entering the large Philadelphia Museum of Art. And you can now enjoy this museum using our latest highlights audio tour which is available for free in the Amuze – Museum Audio Tours app (available on Android and iOS).
The museum has a very large collection with art from all over the world. Our highlights tour starts with a wonderful painting by Rogier van der Weyden painted around 1460. And while this painting shows the essence of the Christian religion, a few rooms further is an enormous pillared temple hall used by Hindus in the south of India.
Listen to our audio about The Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning by Rogier van der Weyden (the rest of the audio and maps are available in the Amuze app):
The tour continues with a selection of masterpieces from Dutch, Belgian, and French artist, including works by the greats like Peter Paul Rubens, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and Paul Cézanne. You can look at the complete list of the tour stops here but let me point out a couple of works specifically.
As you can read, the tour takes you through half a millennium of art history. We hope that when the museums open again, this tour will improve your visit to this wonderful museum. Until then, you can explore our tours from home or try out one of our virtual tours in the app.