Art & Culture

Philly is a town steeped in the arts.

Hundreds of arts organizations across the region make Philadelphia one of America's hippest places to be. It has the most public art than any other city in the U.S., from Robert Indiana's celebrated LOVE sculpture on the Ben Franklin Parkway to the iconic murals found on buildings across the city.

Looking for stand-up and improv? No problem. Art house cinema? We have several. Into theater? You can do big or small, whatever you prefer. Are story slams more your speed? We have those, too.

Have a hankering for painting and sculpture? The Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in the nation, is home to a number of amazing collections, including the largest set of paintings by celebrated American artist — and Philadelphian — Thomas Eakins.

You can even be the envy of art lovers around the world by being among the first to set foot inside the new Philadelphia campus of the nearby Barnes Foundation, which has held one of the finest — and most difficult to see — collections of Impressionist and modern painting in the world.

If you're looking for more curious objects, check out the medical oddities at the Mütter Museum, which houses the tallest skeleton on display in North America.

When it comes to music, Philly just can't be beat. Within walking distance of City Hall, we've got both a symphony orchestra and the Curtis Institute, the most selective music school in the United States.

For fans of more contemporary music, Philadelphia — hometown to The Roots, Jazmine Sullivan and G. Love — has thriving local scenes in hip-hop, electro and indie rock. Venues like Union Transfer, Johnny Brenda's, the Trocadero and The Mann Center consistently bring sought-after acts to the region, which means you don't have to go far at all to see the bands you want.

But perhaps the best part of the local arts scene is that it's so accessible. Of the almost 17 million visits to Philly's cultural organizations last year, more than half were free. And for those events charging admission, the median price was only 15 bucks.

Not too bad for The City That Loves You Back, huh?