Athenaeum of Philadelphia--Current Exhibition
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Current Exhibition

Professor Cret’s Parkway: One Architect’s Legacy on Philadelphia’s Grandest Thoroughfare

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s 100th anniversary with an exhibition of the works of master architect, Paul Philippe Cret (1876-1945).  Arriving here from his native France in 1903, Cret quickly became the acknowledged leader of Philadelphia’s City Beautiful Movement.  This exhibition, features more than 30 original designs by Cret (built and unbuilt).  These rare documents, many of which have never been exhibited, beautifully illustrate Cret’s lasting influence on Philadelphia.

In conjunction with the Athenaeum exhibition, the Rodin Museum will display a 1927 model of its building and gardens alongside photographs and related material exploring Cret’s design for this Parkway institution.

Exhibition Dates: April 30-August 31, 2018

Free Admission



Upcoming Exhibition

Philly After Dark

For generations Philadelphia had a reputation for rolling up its sidewalks at dusk. This exhibition of more than 50 illustrations demonstrates that not all citizens of the Quaker City retreated when the sun went down. For 150 years its artists, printmakers and photographers captured landmarks by moonlight and by streetlight. They also showed that on any given night plenty happened in Philly After Dark, including entertainment, commerce, tippling, crime, and disaster. 

Exhibition Dates: September 24-December 28, 2018

Free Admission