Group and School Tours

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Site Tours

$6 per person for K-12 and college student groups, $12 for adult groups (1 hour)

These guided interpretive tours take visitors through the PMG main site, including areas not normally open to the public. Learn about PMG creator Isaiah Zagar, his background and influences, the materials and techniques used in his mosaics, and the history of South Street and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Pre-K Discovery Tours

$4 per person, For students ages 3-6 years old (1 hour)

Young children can learn about mosaics and PMG creator Isaiah Zagar on this interactive tour. Guides focus on colors, shapes, counting, and looking closely while engaging students in activities and a scavenger hunt.

Elementary Level Discovery Tours: Look Closer

$6 per person, For students in grades 1-5, Limited to 25 participants (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Students on this interactive tour focus on looking closely at the thousands of elements that make up the mosaics. Guides will lead students in thinking and talking about art, playing games, and creating their own postcard to take home. Basic information is also included about artist Isaiah Zagar and the history of the space.

Secondary Level Discovery Tours: What is Art?

$6 per person, For students in grades 6-12, Limited to 25 participants (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Students on this interactive tour focus on thinking about what makes a work of art, using the mosaics and special exhibitions as inspiration. Guides will lead students in discussing art, playing games, and creating their own postcard to take home. Basic information is also included about artist Isaiah Zagar and the history of the space.

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Neighborhood Walking Tours

$12 for adults, $6 for students (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Take a walk into alleyways around Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens to view Isaiah Zagar’s glittering creations.  Learn about Zagar’s relationship with the neighborhood along with the personal and community stories depicted in his large, shimmering murals.

Walking tours are scheduled from May through October. Not recommended for younger groups or those with mobility challenges.

Self-Guided Groups

$10 for adults
$8 for students and seniors
$5 for ages 6-12
$2 for groups of pre-K children

Explore the fully mosaicked gallery space and labyrinth sculpture garden at your own leisure. Visitors can spend as little as 20 minutes or stay for hours, viewing the thousands of diverse tiles, intricate sculptures, and varied texts embedded in the walls. Garden Guide interpreters are available to give brief introductions to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and answer questions.

Self-guided groups of more than 15 people must reserve in advance by emailing tours@phillymagicgardens.org or by calling (215) 733-0390. Groups without a reservation may not be admitted.

Tour Reservations

Please call (215) 733-0390 or email tours@phillymagicgardens.org to make a reservation for a tour or complete our online Tour Request Form. Private tours are generally scheduled Monday and Wednesday-Friday. Some exceptions may be made.

Minimum of seven participants per private tour. Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance, some last-minute reservations may be accommodated. Deposit required for groups of 50 or more, maximum group size is 100 people per visit. PMG reserves the right to shorten tours for groups arriving more than 20 minutes after their scheduled tour time.

Question-and-Answer Discussion Sessions with Founding Artist Isaiah Zagar

Photo by Matt Coote

$50 per student group, $100 per adult group (30 minutes)

Meet the artist who has mosaicked more than 200 public murals in Philadelphia. Isaiah Zagar will talk to your group about his work and personal stories.  Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and discuss their own ideas about the artworks.

Hands-On Activities

Create clay doily tiles to take home$3-$5 per participant (15-30 minutes)

In addition to a tour of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, visitors of all ages can schedule a simple hands-on activity for smaller groups. Activities include several tile-making projects modeled after Isaiah Zagar’s techniques.

View activity options here

Visionary Visits Discounted Tours

Visionary Visits provides discounted guided tours of PMG for at-risk and economically-disadvantaged youth and underserved audiences. The program educates youth and adults about Isaiah Zagar’s numerous public murals, artistic inspirations, mosaic techniques, and his important role in South Street and Philadelphia history.

Visionary Visits grants are highly competitive. Groups should apply at least one month in advance of their preferred visit date to be considered. Tours are Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays. Preference is given to Philadelphia schools, though other schools and organizations are welcome to apply.

Complete this application form to apply for a Visionary Visit. Call (215) 733-0390 x.116 with questions.

This program has been generously supported by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation and the Christopher Ludwick Foundation.

About the Content at PMG

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens would like to make you aware that our space contains artworks that display the nude human figure. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens was created by Isaiah Zagar as a journal of his life. He, like many artists over the centuries, believes the human figure is its own beautiful work of art. The works are present throughout the site, along with countless other themes and objects, and are not the primary focus of our space. Our staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about nudity in the space prior to your visit.

Educational programming at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is generously supported by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund