Philadelphia is home to some of the greatest museums—complete with world renowned collections—and scorching summer days make for the best museum visits. Here, five can’t-miss exhibits you have to see this summer.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art boasts the largest collection of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s woodblock paintings second to the artist’s native Japan. Yoshitoshi worked during the late 19th century and his pieces tackled a number of themes: beauty, horror, heroism and poetry. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215.763.8100, philamuseum.org
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than at the Museum of the American Revolution? The museum is full of revolutionary exhibits, but one in particular is perfect for the Fourth of July. Forty rare American flags dating back to the American Revolution will be on display at the museum from Flag Day to mid-July in A New Constellation: A Collection of Historic 13-Star Flags. 101 S. Third St., 215.253.6731, amrevmuseum.org
Chestnut Hill’s Woodmere Art Museum is dedicated to preserving Philadelphia’s art scene. The museum’s collection covers a wide variety of art movements from realism and impressionism and includes various types of art, like sculptures, engravings, paintings and more. Overdue: Treasures from the Vault invites guests to marvel at the pieces the Woodmere Art Museum has kept off-view for years. The exhibit honors the legacy of Charles Knox Smith who founded the museum in 1910. 9201 Germantown Ave., 215.247.0476, woodmereartmuseum.org
American artists have long admired the moon and its beauty. At the Michener Museum of Art in Doylestown, American painters’, such as Thomas Cole and Arthur Dove, fascinations with the moon are on display until September 8 in The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art. Pieces date all the way back to the 19th century, and follow the timeline of American art up through illustrator Norman Rockwell’s portrait of the 1969 moon landing. 138 S. Pine St., 215.340.9800, michenerartmuseum.org
The Main Line Art Center fosters the creativity in people of all ages. Painter Gail Kolflat captures everyday life in her solo exhibition at the Main Line Art Center. Her subjects range from hurricanes and beaches to butterflies and technology. 746 Panmure Rd., 610.525.0272, mainlineart.org