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Philadelphia's Academy of Music is both a celebrated historical landmark and a current focus of cultural life in the city.

About Academy of Music

Opened in 1857, the Academy is the oldest grand opera house in the United States still used for its original purpose. It remains one of the busiest halls in the world and hosts a myriad of community functions and cultural activities, including performances by the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet and Philly Pops with Peter Nero. The Academy is owned by The Philadelphia Orchestra Association and is managed by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The Kimmel Cultural Campus is more than just our beloved glass domed Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. We are the historic Academy of Music and Merriam Theater too, serving more than one million guests per year. We’re home to eight esteemed Resident Companies, and events ranging from the best of classical music, to the hottest touring Broadway shows, and from the best in stand-up comedy to multi-medium and experimental work, plus free education programming for K-12 Title I, Public Charters, and Archdiocese schools. As a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization with 9,000 seats per night across our nine events venues, we are the region’s most impactful performing arts center and the second-largest in the country. Yet greater than our buildings, greater than our shows, is our shared experience with you. We enjoy being in the same place at the same time and being moved in the moment together. In a time when inspiration, community, and a bit of magic can work wonders, being together is timeless, and so are we. Art shouldn’t come with boundaries. We honor and celebrate our region’s diverse interests by cultivating a creative, inclusive, socially-responsible community where artists, guests, staff, donors, and volunteers share experiences that are delivered with pride and integrity. Additional information can be found here.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Transportation & Parking

Parking: Bellevue Parking Lot: northwest side of Broad & Locust Streets Doubletree Hotel: southwest corner of Broad & Locust Streets Park & Lock: on Spruce between 15th and 16th Streets on north side Central Parking System: 1327 Locust Street (at Juniper), 15th and Sansom Streets, 219 S. Broad Street, 1616 Chancellor Street, 1816 Sansom Street Kinney System: northeast side of Broad and Locust Streets Five Star: 1500 Spruce Street, Academy House garage Parkway Corporation: 1309 Locust Street
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