Music, museums and mummers

Special to the Sun

Philadelphia offers a striking array of cultural options. From the elegance of the to the emotional experience of the new , you can hardly turn a corner in Philadelphia without running into art and culture.

This is, after all, the city with the world's largest collection of outdoor artworks. Philadelphia boasts an outstanding mural-arts program, along with such famed public art pieces as Robert Indiana's "Love," August Rodin's "The Thinker" and Claes Oldenburg's "Clothes Pin."

It's impossible to see all of Philadelphia's cultural offerings in just one visit. But to help you choose, here's a list of some of the major institutions. Call in advance to see if there are any performances or exhibits scheduled for when you plan to visit.

. Dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the intellectual culture of African-Americans in greater Philadelphia.

Art in City Hall, second and fourth floors, . Changing exhibits and collections.

. Musical performances throughout the year.

. Exhibitions about fabric and fashion.

. Pennsylvania's oldest African-American theater company.

. A repository for some of the most important historical documents in America.

. Interpreting the Philadelphia area's maritime heritage with family-friendly exhibits.

. An exhibition space devoted exclusively to contemporary art and artists.

. Theater company devoted to new and contemporary plays exploring social, cultural and political issues.

. Historical artifacts and costumes belonging to the group that always takes part in Philadelphia's New Year's Day parade.

. A museum dedicated to defusing bigotry and violence by honoring our country's diverse heritage.

. Artworks, artifacts and exhibits dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of Jews in America.

. A multidisciplinary arts center offering poetry, jazz, dance, music, performance and more.

. The nation's first art museum and school of fine arts has collections from the 18th through 20th centuries.

. More than 300,000 objects in an integrated presentation of painting, sculpture, crafts and design. Includes such 20th-century icons as Marcel Duchamp's "Great Glass (The Bride Stripped Bare of her Bachelors Even)" and "Bicycle Wheel," along with outstanding Indian temple sculptures and continuing special exhibits.

. One of the world's premier orchestras. Concerts offered throughout the year.

. The largest collection of Auguste Rodin's sculptures, plaster studies and drawings outside of Paris.

. Devoted to preserving and collecting rare books, manuscripts and decorative arts. Collection includes the original manuscript of James Joyce's "Ulysses."

. Artifacts from around the world.

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