Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art Library

2525 Pennsylvania Avenue
(Mailing address: Box 7646, Philadelphia 19101-7646)
Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-684-7650 voice
215-236-0534 fax

Library: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Archives: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments are required.


Library--As one of the major art reference libraries in the United States, the Museum Library houses approximately 285,000 books, auction catalogues, and periodicals dating from the sixteenth century to the present.  Reflecting the Museum’s rich and distinctive collections, our holdings focus on European, American, and Asian painting and sculpture; furniture and decorative arts; arms and armor; costume and textiles; prints, drawings, and photographs; and modern and contemporary art.  We also subscribe to a growing collection of electronic resources, and manage distribution of the Museum’s images for research and publication. Appointments to use the Library are not required. 

Archives--Our Archives houses 4,252 linear feet of archival materials and serves as the Museum’s corporate memory. Documenting the key activities of our directors, curators, and donors since the Museum’s founding in 1876, our collections include the personal papers, research, and manuscript collections of people related to the Museum.  These materials help tell the stories behind our works of art, exhibitions, events, artists, and the creative communities we serve.  Appointments to use the Archives are required.