The New Museum Without Walls Cell Phone Tour of Philadelphia Outdoor Art

Philadelphia has more outdoor sculptures, than any other city in the world - but this fact is an often-overlooked resource for visitors. Fortunately, the brand-new Museum Without Walls virtual tour - launched in 2010 - seeks to change that. It permits visitors to use their cell phone, at 35 sculptures on the Ben Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive, to better appreciate these works of art. And the self-guided tour of these sculptures is yet another of the free things to do in Philadelphia ...

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How to Get to The 35 Philadelphia Sculptures on the Museum Without Walls Tour

We would recommend that you take mass transit in order to do so. We're going to give you the directions, starting at the beginning of the tour. (It is not necessary that you do any or all of the stops in order, of course, but it's easier to start at #1, and it has the added advantage of being the most centralized point to reach via the Phlash or SEPTA.)

The Phlash

The purple Phlash trolley - which runs directly up and down the Parkway, where most of the sculptures are located - is the best choice. However, there are two critical limitations to the Phlash:

1) It only runs from May 1 through October 31 - the heavy visiting season.

2) It only runs till around 6 PM or so - and be sure that you check to find out when the last one leaves your destination. After 6 PM, you have to find another way around.

SEPTA

Fortunately, SEPTA offers several additional options - which have the advantage of being year-round, and running during evening hours.

The Broad Street Subway / Orange Line has a stop at Philadelphia City Hall - which is a short, one-block walk to the LOVE statue at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, the beginning of the tour.

The Blue Line / Market-Frankford Line / "el" - all of which are simply different names for the same line - is even better, as its 15th Street Station, at 15th and Market Streets, is right at the doorstep of the LOVE statue.

SEPTA Regional Rail

Of course, if you are traveling from the outer neighborhoods of the city, or from the suburbs, you would probably be best off with SEPTA Regional Rail train service. Nearly every Regional Rail train will stop at Suburban Station - which is located at 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. It is just as convenient, for starting at the LOVE statue.

The 35 Philadelphia Sculptures - and Their Locations - on the Museum Without Walls Tour




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