Tuesday, June 30, 2009

2009 East Coast Trip - Day 12 - Philadelphia

Sharon, Jack and I spent the day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The steps in front of the museum were used in five of the six Rocky movies.

Billed as one of the largest art museums in the United States, both Sharon and I were very impressed. Talking to Bernard and Pat during dinner, Sharon said that in her opinion the collection rivals the museums in any other major American city. Sharon was particularly enthralled by the breadth of the Brancusi and Mary Cassatt collections.

I was intrigued by the way they incorporated architectural features into the museum. Many of the rooms included features from temples, abbey's, churches and old buildings. For example, the entry room to the Asian section included features from a Hindu Temple that made you feel like you were walking through the temple. While I have seen this done in other museums, I don't believe that I have ever seen it done on this scale with so many rooms. There were some very interesting architectural features from Southern France abbeys and churches in the wing housing the European art from 1000 AD to 1500 AD.

After I ran on the treadmill, the four adults went out to dinner at the Nector Restaurant in Berwyn. We had a great dinner. By the time, we got home it was almost 11:30 p.m. Sharon and I are getting up early in the morning to pack and then start to wind our way back to California.

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