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One of the foremost art institutions in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art began as a museum of decorative arts when it was opened as the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art for the Centennial Exhibition of 1876. Today the collection contains 225,000 works from the Western world and Asia, including encyclopedic holdings of costumes, textiles, drawings, prints and photographs. As one would expect from a museum located in one of the centres of the American Revolution, Philadelphia’s American collections are among the finest in the country, including the largest body of works by Philly native Thomas Eakins. The museum’s European holdings are no less impressive, with one of the most comprehensive collections of armour and arms in the West, a noteworthy group of 17th century Dutch paintings and a large group of sculptures by Auguste Rodin.



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