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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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Neighbourhood: City Center East
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Address: 1020 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
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+1 215-733-0390
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Wed - Mon 11:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG)is a mosaicked visionary art environment,...

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG)is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets and provides access to Isaiah Zagar's unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. The Magic Gardens site, Zagar's largest artwork, includes a fully tiled indoor space and large outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia's famous South Street. Inside, view PMG's ever changing exhibitions in two indoor galleries.

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Pretty location to let your thoughts wander

It is a garden of various bits of ceramic, glass and other objects organized into a surreal walkthrough experience full of imagination. Whether it be families or sexuality or... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is a garden of various bits of ceramic, glass and other objects organized into a surreal walkthrough experience full of imagination. Whether it be families or sexuality or multiculturalism or reflection or any number of themes, it is an interesting experience. We went right after it rained so be careful walking down stairs as it can be a bit... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely a worthwhile stop on a visit to Philadelphia. I loved learning about the history of the artist community on South Street. The artwork is amazing and goes on and on. Fascinating!!

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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like unusual art, this place is worth the visit. It is on South Street where the artist lived and create mosaics on buildings (which you will see as you walk around South St.). It is partly inside and partly outside, so be sure to visit all areas, including the bathroom.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is worth seeing. The mosaics are a visual escape. Every surface; every inch; covered in mosaics. They limit the number of people who enter at one time, so you can take your time. We probably spent an hour here... it is indoor and outdoor; we might have stayed longer, but it was cold and rainy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Isaiah Zagar has magical hands and beautiful mind. Loved this garden. I think it is safe to assume that it is the most photogenic, instagrammed spot in Philadelphia. You may club this with mural mile, if you feel like exploring street art, and a hot cup of coffee. Please check the admission hours before hand. They are open Wed- Mon... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The magic garden is a relatively new spot that showcases an artist dream of creating an immersive environment through tile and construction. The exhibit is on South Street making it a short walk to the other interesting things available in Philly's most eclectic neighborhood. Its hard to describe the garden as it is collage of "art within art" in 3... More 

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Melville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While this attraction is small, it is well worth the $10 entrance fee. It is something to see and enjoy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have three kids, ranging from preschool to middle school age. We met my friend up for lunch and then she took us to the Magic Garden. With a family of five at first I was hesitant to visit anyplace with an admission fee (especially when there were so many National Park Sites nearby to see for free). After we... More 

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Rochester, NY
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is no doubt that this is an impressive undertaking, but it just wasnt for me. I struggled to connect to the art because it was just too much and everywhere. So much going on, I struggled to focus and just gave up. Overwhelmed and confused. Others in group were very impressed and felt the inspiration. Not unhappy I went.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place - so unique and interesting to see how it was built over time. It's small so it only takes an hour or so, definitely worth putting on the to-do list for a packed day! It's also peaceful and relaxing in there, and they have a marketplace for local artists jewellery pieces - gorgeous stuff!

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