This small-group tour is limited to six people, ensuring a more personalized experience.
- American fine art walking tour, great for art history buffs!
- Visit the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Second Bank of the United States, both US National Historic Landmarks
- Browse 19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculptures from artists such as Charles Willson Peale
- Your expert guide, an art scholar or museum curator, will explain how the artwork ties into American history
- Small-group tour limited to six people ensures a more personalized experience
Start at the historic Second Bank of the United States, a US National Historic Landmark. Inside, walk through the art gallery that houses a large and famous collection of portraits of prominent American figures painted by various artists. One of these artists is Charles Willson Peale, a friend of Thomas Jefferson and the great portraitist of George Washington who is credited for establishing the first art museum and school in the US: the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Your guide will take you to this historic site, another US National Historic Landmark, where you’ll encounter Peale's The Artist in His Museum as well as works by West, Stuart and Krimmel.
Throughout your tour, your guide will discuss how American fine art took shape within the cultural and artistic communities of the young nation. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of the art movement within a greater context of global influences, philosophical inquiry and evolving national identities as you trace the movement from the 19th century to today.