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2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

(215) 763 8100

Tuesday – Wednesday Closed
Thursday, 10am-5pm
Friday, 10am-8:45pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 10am-5pm
Monday, 10am-5pm

Timed entry tickets

Adults $25
Seniors (65 & over) $23
Students with valid ID $14
Youths (18 & under) Free

Authentic: Truth and Perception in Chinese Art

Now-July 3, 2022
Explore the act of copying and how attitudes toward authenticity are nuanced and culturally specific. Discover the intention behind the work and compare contemporary views on authenticity with those of the past. Highlights include enamel-decorated imperial porcelains, rock crystal carvings and woodblock prints.

Ink and Brush: The Beauty and Spirit of Japanese Calligraphy

Through April 30, 2023
Explore the rich history of Japanese calligraphy, from traditional forms to contemporary interpretations. This installation features works in our collection from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, showcasing the many varieties of calligraphy as an art form. At the center of the exhibition is a new addition to our collection: Five Poems, by well-known priest Ryōkan (1758–1831). Learn about this large ink-on-paper screen from the late Edo period alongside traditional stationery tools—such as an inkstone and a water dropper—as well as prints, furniture, and posters that feature calligraphic scripts.

Chinese Galleries

Through Summer 2022
Rediscover four thousand years of the art of China in our newly reimagined and reinstalled Chinese galleries. Go deeper into the stories behind the objects, grouped thematically in four eye-opening sections: Belief in the Afterlife, Nature and Self-Cultivation, Exchanges with the West, and Order in the Imperial Court. The new installation features recently conserved works, improved lighting, and a wide variety of objects, including a stunning collection of costumes and textiles, photographs, and contemporary art on view together for the first time.

Blue-and-White Porcelain Plates by Ai Weiwei
In gallery 335, a series of plates by contemporary Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei comments on the forced migration of millions of people during the recent global refugee crisis. The artist can relate to feelings of displacement—the artist and his family were exiled to western China during the Cultural Revolution of 1966–76.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Encounters In Exile: From the Ramayana (The Journey of Rama)
The Ramayana is an ancient epic that is recounted, visualized, and performed throughout South Asia. Explore diverse interpretations of this story from the 1200s to 2005 spanning different mediums including paper, stone, and fabric.

Made by Hand: Contemporary Korean Craft
Experience the past and the present coming together in contemporary Korean craft. These featured artists find inspiration in Korea’s acclaimed tradition of handmade objects and add their own visual language to the rich mix of techniques, materials, and forms.

Collection Highlight: Temple Hall
The more than sixty carved granite elements that comprise this monumental space were collected by Philadelphian Adeline Pepper Gibson during a visit in 1912 to Madurai, a city in the south of India known for its spectacular Hindu temples. Debuting to the public in the museum’s original home at Memorial Hall in 1920, the mandapam opened at its current location in 1940. Although a reconstruction, it incorporates many original architectural elements and provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the extraordinary synthesis of sculpture, architecture, and symbol that characterizes South India’s elaborate temple form.

Collection Highlight: Ceremonial Teahouse
The name of this teahouse, Sunkaraku (Evanescent Joys), reflects the spirit of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony as a temporary refuge from the complexities of daily life. The architecture reveals a special delight in natural materials, such as bamboo and cedar. Using elements from an eighteenth-century teahouse, Ōgi Rodō designed this retreat around 1917 for the grounds of his Tokyo home. Acquired by the museum from the architect in 1928, this is the only example of his work outside Japan.

Arts of the Islamic World
Islam began over 1,400 years ago in the Arabian Peninsula and soon spread across Asia, Africa, and Europe. Today Muslims live on every continent and make up a quarter of the world’s population. The term “Islamic Art” refers to a variety of artwork made by and for Muslims over the centuries. Here are some exquisite examples drawn from the museum’s collection.

Mindfulness - Online exhibition
Mindfulness has become a key component in contemporary life, teaching us to focus inward through an awareness of our breathing, thoughts, and immediate surroundings. This practice reduces stress, induces relaxation, and calms the mind. Shown here are objects from our South Asian collection that represent and inspire mindfulness, offering a few moments of tranquility in these uncertain times.