Philadelphia, Pennsylvania audio tour: Art and Controversy in Philadelphia

About the Tour

Eccentric artists, secret art sales, angry film fans, and trustee deceit, Philadelphia's art scene, is filled with contention. This Philadelphia walk goes beyond the Liberty Bell, The Constitution, and cheesesteaks, to explore some of Philadelphia's most beguiling art controversies. Discover the stories and the infamous names who created scandals that rocked Philadelphia's art world. From Rodin's legendary sculptures to Rocky trumping the Philadelphia Art Museum's popularity. These are some of the tales that have helped shape the face of Philadelphia.

Tour Producer


Sarah Miduski

I'm a travel nerd and travel writer, with an affinity for architecture, photography, ice cream, and geeky fandoms. Though I enjoy exploring the world, I love coming home to The City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. I can be found at Obligatory Traveler.

Major Landmarks

  • Swann Memorial Fountain

  • The Barnes Foundation

  • Rodin Museum

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

Directions to Starting Point

Philadelphia Phlash Bus- You can pick up the Phlash Bus at multiple locations in the city. A single ride costs $2.00 and an all day pass is $5.00. Take the Phlash Bus "Westbound Stops," and get off at the Franklin Institute stop. Cross the street and you will be at Logan Square Fountain

Septa Train-You can take the Septa train to Suburban Station. After getting off of the train, make a left onto JFK Blvd, turn left onto N. 16th Street, then make a left onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Keep going straight and you will come to Logan Square Fountain.

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Places to stop along the way

Visiting the inside of The Free Library of Philadelphia, The Rodin Museum, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a great way to spend some additional time.

Best time of day

Best time of day is 10am-5pm to ensure you can wander about the Rodin Museum garden


In this tour you will be crossing a lot of crosswalks. Please obey crosswalk signs. Drivers can be a bit erratic on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and safely crossing the street is important.


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Art and Controversy in Philadelphia