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The Garden

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The garden outside the museum displays a total of eight works. While The Thinker and The Gates of Hell have stood in their same locations since the museum opened in 1929, recent advances in conservation undertaken by the Philadelphia Museum of Art have permitted the return of Adam and The Shade to their original places within the arches of the Meudon Gate for the first time since 1963. The Age of Bronze and Eve have also returned to the niches they once occupied on either side of the museum’s portico overlooking the reflecting pool. On the building’s west side, a space vacant for most of the last eighty years contains a version of the monumental The Three Shades, a generous loan from Iris Cantor.

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What’s Growing in Our Garden

We’ve partnered with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to celebrate what’s growing in our garden. After touring the museum or enjoying a Friday-evening cocktail at our Garden Bar, you can use this poster to identify the plants in our garden beside Philadelphia’s famed Benjamin Franklin Parkway.