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FAQs

  • Q: Is public transportation available to the Parkway?

    A: For Parkway attractions, most visitors use the westbound Route 38 bus from Market Street or the PHLASH visitor shuttle. You may also use bus routes 32 and 48. You can take a single trip on SEPTA using a token, the cash fare of $2.00, or ride all day with a SEPTA One Day Convenience Pass, priced at only $7.00 (good for 8 rides in one day). Visit SEPTA’s web site at: www.septa.com for maps and the latest fare and timetable information.

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  • Q: How can I find out if a Parkway facility is accessible?

    A: A local non-profit organization called ArtReach has compiled a guide for people with disabilities, which provides detailed information for more than 75 area facilities, including hours of operation, admission fees, general description, and SEPTA fixed route information. The guide also details accessibility features for visitors with physical and mobility impairments, blind or visually impaired, and deaf or hard of hearing. You can find the guide at: www.art-reach.org

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  • Q: Who is in charge of public events on the Parkway?

    A: Events are scheduled and overseen by the City's Parks and Recreation Department. Contact 215-685-0060 for information.

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  • Q: How are flags chosen for display on the Parkway?

    A: The colorful tradition of displaying flags of many countries on the Parkway began in 1976 as a part of the bicentennial celebration. Every year since then, the installation of about 90 international flags on Memorial Day weekend has heralded the beginning of summer. Philadelphia’s Deputy City Representative’s Office is responsible for the flags. The flags represent countries with significant populations in Philadelphia, and are hung alphabetically, with a few exceptions. See a map of the current flag layout.

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  • Q: Can you tell me about the legacy of the Calder family on the Parkway?

    A: Visitors to the Parkway can admire the work of three generations of the Calder family of sculptors in a one-mile span. Alexander Milne Calder (1846-1923) designed the figure of William Penn that stands atop City Hall’s clock tower. His son, Alexander Stirling Calder (1870-1945) designed the Swann Memorial Fountain on Logan Square. The third generation sculptor, Alexander Calder, created the mobile “Ghost,” which is suspended in the great stair hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Four additional bold and brilliant pieces of his sculpture were added to the Parkway in the Spring of 2002: 3 in the Rodin Museum courtyard (“The Pagoda,” “Snow Plow,” and “Three Discs, One Lacking”), and the 21 ½ foot tall “Ordinary,” at 24th and the Parkway.

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  • Q: Is there a guide to all of the sculpture displayed on the Parkway?

    A: The best source is the Association for Public Arts's "Museum Without Walls: Audio," available here: http://museumwithoutwallsaudio.org/   

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  • Q: How many "Rocky" steps lead up the east side of the Philadelphia Museum of Art?

    A: 72

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