Philadelphia Sights

Academy of Music

  • Broad and Locust Sts. Map It
  • Rittenhouse Square
  • Arts/Performance Venue
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

The only surviving European-style opera house in America is the current home of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Ballet; for the past century, it was home to the Philadelphia Orchestra. Designed by Napoleon Le Brun and Gustav Runge, the 1857 building has a modest exterior; the builders ran out of money and couldn't put marble facing on the brick, as they had intended. The lavish interior, modeled after Milan's La Scala, has elaborate carvings, murals on the ceiling, and a huge Victorian crystal chandelier.

Sight Information


Broad and Locust Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102, USA

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215-893–1999-box office

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Call 215/790–5886 for information/reservations

Published 01/10/2017


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