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Before you organize a group charter bus trip to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, here is a short guide to prep yourself befroe the visit

Interpretive Art at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

May 15, 2014

1020 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Inscribed at the entrance of Philadelphia’s Magic Garden are these words - ‘I built this sanctuary to be inhabited by my ideas & my fantasies’ - and it truly says it all about what the Philadelphia Magic Gardens is all about. PMG, in short, is a visionary work of art, a place where the world is given an insight into the Isaiah Zigar’s unique imagination. For a small admission fee, visitors will get the chance to view Zagar’s largest artwork which creeps along Philadelphia’s South Street.

Amongst other works of art, it includes:-

  • mosaic walls, doors and folk statues
  • hand-made tiles
  • thousands of mirrors
  • bicycle wheels
  • colorful glass bottles
  • decoration made out of everyday items

Admission and opening hours for Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Admission for adults is $7, students and seniors $5, children aged between 6 to 12 can get in for $3 per person and toddlers and kids under 5 can get in for free. For group visits, you can get in for $2 per student.

Guides and staff are readily available if you opt for a slow and self-guided tour and you can ask the Garden Guides for help in interpretation and brief introduction. To get the latest information, it is best to get the schedule from their official website at but here is a short guide to their admission hours.

April to October
Sun-Thu 11.00am to 6.00pm
Fri-Sat 11.00am to 8.00pm

November to March
Sun-Thu 11.00am to 5.00pm
Fri-St 1.00am to 6.00pm

Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas day; Open from 11.00am to 5.00pm on New Years’ Eve and 12.00pm to 5.00pm on New Years day.

Tips for making the most of your time at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Much of the artworks are located within the gardens but there are also some littered outside along buildings near the attraction. Because part of the tour would be outdoors, we think it is best to check weather conditions before your visit, otherwise, it would be a pity if you had to miss out on the artwork outside.

The Philadelphia charter bus visit would involve some walking, so, nice and comfortable walking shoes is advised. Be prepared to be stunned and do something thinking and self interpretation of the artwork because sometimes you get it, sometimes you need the guide to point you in the right direction. Don’t be afraid or feel afraid to ask around.

If you are organizing a tour to this Philadelphia attraction, give Charter Bus Philadelphia a call for a quick quote

If you are school, college, church or an educational body looking for a charter bus rental package in Philadelphia because you are bringing the kids over for a quick look around, our staff would be more than happy to provide you with a quick quote for your bus charter.