Rich in Victorian character, and with unparalleled access to world-class museums and the largest landscaped park in the country, the Art Museum/Fairmount neighborhood combines the best cultural and outdoor attractions Philadelphia has to offer. Located just to the northwest of Center City, the area is mere steps from the heart of town and features a wonderful mix of lovingly restored single family row homes as well as modern condo buildings and an influx of new construction.
Art enthusiasts cherish having the world-class collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation in their backyard. The former’s appeal extends beyond its 300,000 masterworks to encompass beautiful landscaped grounds and the famous “Rocky” steps. The Museum is also the gateway to scenic Kelly Drive, Boathouse Row and West River Drive, ground zero for jogging, biking, regatta watching, and scenic riverside strolling. Bring a blanket and a book to the tranquil Rose Garden behind the museum, or explore Fairmount Park’s 9,200 acres of woodlands, trails, rolling hills and Federal-style mansions, marveling at the ultimate in green urban living. Fairmount Avenue is the neighborhood’s commercial hub, with an increasing number of intriguing boutiques and a lively restaurant scene, from gastropubs and farm-to-table fare to gourmet standouts such as Marc Vetri’s Alla Spina and Osteria.