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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.

Adult Discovery Tours

$16 per person, For university and adult groups of 5-15 participants (1 hour and 45 minutes)

Explore PMG through games and activities while learning about the space’s history and discovering surprises around every corner. Create your own mini-mosaic, separate fact from fiction, and hunt for treasures hidden among the mosaics. This tour is perfect for teambuilding or social outings.

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Neighborhood Walking Tours

$6 for students, $12 for adults (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.

Touch Tours for People with Visual Impairments

$6 per person for student groups, $12 per person for adult groups, Recommended for ages 14 and older, Limited to 10 participants* (1 hour and 30 minutes)

PMG is a feast for the senses, and on this tour visitors with visual impairments will get a feel for the space like never before. Explore the mosaics and other objects through guided touch and verbal description. Limited times are available due to the immersive nature of this experience. This tour was developed in conjunction with Philly Touch Tours.

*Each participant with visual impairments may bring one sighted guide for no charge

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 outdoor 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 education@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 education@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 80 people per tour. Larger groups may visit over multiple tours.

 

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 groups with a financial need. Special preference is given to Philadelphia public and charter schools, but all schools and organizations are welcome to apply. The program educates youth and adults about Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and its creator Isaiah Zagar. Tour themes can include mosaics, art as therapy, Mexican folk art, art environments, the impact of art on a neighborhood, and more.

Find out more and apply here.

This program has been generously supported by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, the Christopher Ludwick Foundation, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Fund.

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