South Philly Art Tour

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  • 2 Hours
  • Walking Tour
  • Max Guests: 12
  • Public Tour
  • Wednesday - Sunday

South Philly Street Art Tour Details

There’s so much more to Philadelphia than American history. Some of the most incredible public art is on display when you venture into South Philly! On this tour, you’ll head into the heart of the Queen Village and Bella Vista neighborhoods to explore beautiful and surprising pieces of public art, including breathtaking murals and mind-bending mosaics. Your guide will explain the history of each piece and how they blend together into a magical tapestry that drapes across the entire city.

You’ll come to appreciate how public art and creators are intertwined and appreciated by the neighborhoods that they call home, and how amazingly accessible art is throughout a major city like Philadelphia. After exploring the street art and a gallery or two, your tour concludes at the incredible Magic Gardens – one of the most impressive and fantastical works of art and sculpture you’ll ever see! Part of your ticket price also includes a donation to a local organization supporting artists in the city, so you’ll be directly impacting the incredible community highlighted on this tour.

  • Discover the vibrant and fantastical mosaics of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, displaying art and sculpture by the legendary Isaiah Zagar
  • Stroll through Queen Village and Bella Vista, two eclectic neighborhoods of South Philly
  • Gain an appreciation for the impact public art has had on our city’s communities and how accessible it is for its residents - you’re surrounded by creativity!
  • Learn some of the fascinating history of the pieces you’ll see and the inspiration and influences that lead artists to create them.
  • Chat with a leader at a local art non-profit to learn about their mission as you tour a contemporary gallery; a donation to the organisation is also included in your tour ticket.

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Admission to the Philadelphia Magic Gardens
  • Donation to a local community art organization
  • Additional food and drink
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips and gratuities for the guide

Pick-up Information

  • Daily
  • Start times: 2pm
  • Meeting Location: 334 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Theatre of the Living Arts, South Street)

Community Impact

This tour highlights Philadelphia’s unique public art scene and how it has brought communities together and inspired positive change throughout the city.

Our tour supports a local art organization through a per-guest donation, such as the Davinci Art Alliance, which offers free gallery space and financial support to local artists.

Through a per-guest admission, our tour supports the Magic Gardens, which preserves the work of local artistic legend Isaiah Zagar and has been a leader in advancing equity and inclusion initiatives in the local art scene.

Choosing a walking tour helps us to reduce our carbon footprint and therefore any negative impact on the environment.

A walking tour better educates guests on the local art scene and its impact by taking them down decorated alleys that cannot accommodate a vehicle

Itinerary

South Street

Your guided walking tour starts on South Street – one of the most vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods of Philadelphia. From here, your tour guide will lead you through the surrounding neighborhoods, weaving through hidden alleys that are home to quaint homes and incredible public art.

Philadelphia Magic Gardens

Unlike anything you’ve seen or experienced before, visiting the Magic Gardens is to take a trip into Wonderland. This incredible larger-than-life 3D art installation is the life’s work of Isaiah Zagar – and a living piece where he still works regularly. Merging the profound with the ridiculous, the philosophical with the everyday, Zagar captures the imagination with his work – showing us how our trash can become our collective treasure. Once we arrive, you’ll have as much time as you want to explore the space. When your official Philadelphia art tour time is up, you’re welcome to stay for longer, or venture out onto South Street for a different type of colorful experience.

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