Welcome to Art Museum
What's It Like and Why Live Here?
The name "Fairmount" derives from the prominent hill on which the Philadelphia Museum of Art now sits and where William Penn intended to build his manor house. Later, the name was applied to the street originally called Hickory Lane that runs from the foot of Fairmount hill through the heart of the neighborhood.
Fairmount is near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, its famous "Rocky Steps" (immortalized in the 1976 Academy Award film, "Rocky"), and its new Perelman Annex. Fairmount is located at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a broad 1.5-mile tree- and flag-lined avenue that connects City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This stretch is known as the "Museum District" since most of the city's cultural attractions and museums are located here. Along the Parkway are the Rodin Museum, Philadelphia's Central Library, the Franklin Institute of Science, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Barnes Museum.
Things We Love
- Rodin Museum
- Eastern State Penitentiary
- A Mano
Where Is It?
This neighborhood is roughly bounded by Spring Garden Street to the south, Broad Street to the east, Girard Avenue to the north, and the Schuylkill River to the west.