Fine Arts
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Fine Arts

WITF, Inc., Harrisburg, PA

Just as Pennsylvanians have played a central role in American political and economic life, so too have Pennsylvania artists and institutions occupied a prominent place in the country's cultural history.

Nestled in Center City Philadelphia lies the nation's first art museum and school of arts. Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts houses works by America's most heralded artists The City of Brotherly Love is also home to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Museum houses a permanent collection of more than 300,000 objects that are among the most extensive and distinguished pieces of their kind.

Pennsylvania's many artistic treasures can also be found at places like Ephrata Cloister. There, in the 1700s, followers of Conrad Bessiel created beautiful and unique works of Fractur, music, and religious prints. Nearby in Harrisburg, one can one can marvel at Violet Oakley's extraordinary paintings in the State Capitol Building.

On the other end of the Keystone State, Pittsburgh is the home of many outstanding museums built on the collections of Andrew Carnegie.
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