The Curtis Center’s Dream Garden

Located directly across from Independence Hall, in the lobby of The Curtis Center, is The Dream Garden, an artistic cooperation between Maxfield Parrish and Louis Comfort Tiffany. USHistory.org offers an excellent description of the history of The Dream Garden.

The Dream Garden, a mosaic made of Tiffany glass, is stunning. I’ll leave it at that. It’s the sort of work you need to see to truly appreciate, so go check it out. There’s seating, it’s free, and it’s air conditioned. It’s a wonderful place for a short rest while exploring Independence National Historic Park. On weekdays, you can enter through 6th Street, right across from Independence Hall. On Saturday, enter though the Curtis Center’s 7th Street entrance.

The Dream Garden
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm; Sat 10am-1pm
Free!

The Curtis Center
601-45 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
(215) 238-6450

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  1. But if you can only get to Philly at night- just walk up to the steps and enjoy it nonetheless! And just like Thomas Eakin’s Gross Clinic, its belongs in Philly for all to enjoy!!! What can you say? Philly loves the Arts!!

  2. I work in the Curtis Plaza, and past the mosaic every day, it’s awesome! I agree, tourists and Philadelphians alike should check it out! I love this city!

  3. Thank goodness PAFA and the Pew Charitable Trusts saved the Dream Garden from being moved to Las Vegas in 1998. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has owned and maintained it ever since.

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