Tour Routes

Vehicle Tours

Philadelphia Muses © 1999 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Meg Saligman | Restored in 2012 by Meg Saligman | Photo by Steve Weinik

Center City

Travel through the heart of Philadelphia and explore public art in Spring Garden, Chinatown, on the Avenue of the Arts and around City Hall, where some of our most iconic murals stretch toward the sky. Weave through the streets of Philadelphia where murals enliven the cityscape and show off the best we have to offer.


 

Legacy © 2006 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Josh Sarantitis | Photo by Jack Ramsdale

Mural Masterpieces

Admire our mural masterpieces and learn why Philadelphia has been labeled the “Mural Capital of the World”.  Travel throughout the streets of the city to view a collection of our most recognized murals.  From Josh Sarantitis’ Legacy to James Burns’ Personal Renaissance, these monumental works of art embody the creativity and culture of Philadelphia.


 

Viking Mills aka Morning Glory © 2011 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Paul Santoleri & Alexander “Psyckoze” Stolypine | Photo by Steve Weinik

Philadelphia’s Reimagined Landscape

Travel through Philadelphia neighborhoods Frankford and Kensington to learn about Philadelphia’s 17th, 18th and 19th century commercial corridors, when the entire industrial area was known as the “Workshop of the World”.  View modern-day murals, listen to their stories, and discover how time changed these neighborhoods to reinvigorated 21st century residential and creative arts enclaves.


 

Martin Luther King Lancaster Ave Speech © 2009 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Cliff Eubanks | Photo by Jack Ramsdale

America’s First Highway

Gear up for a trip down memory lane on a mural tour of the country’s first highway, Lincoln Highway, AKA Route 30.  Learn about how this project was born, where it started and ended, and view murals that dot the landscape on this tour through culture-rich West Philadelphia.


 

North Philadelphia Beacon Project © 2013 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | James Burns |Photo by Steve Weinik

Broad Street

View more than 30 vibrant murals in Center City, North and South Philadelphia, and along the Avenue of the Arts. An experienced guide gives guests a behind-the-scenes look at some of our finest murals, including details on how they are made and the artists who created them. 


 

New Works

What’s bright and bold and shiny all over?

Our New Works mural tour! Take a trolley tour through different neighborhoods to view recent works produced since 2009, including How We Fish in Chinatown, Peace is a Haiku Song in South Philadelphia, and Personal Melody in Center City.


 

Philly Painting © 2012 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Haas&Hahn | Photo by Steve Weinik

North Philadelphia Neighborhoods

View murals that celebrate the diversity and cultural heritage of the many neighborhoods in North Philadelphia. The tour will travel through the Spring Garden and Fairmount areas, head north to Temple University, and then east to Northern Liberties.


 

Autumn Revisited © 2013 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | David Guinn | Photo by Steve Weinik

South Philadelphia Neighborhoods

View murals that celebrate the diversity and cultural heritage of the many neighborhoods in South Philadelphia. The tour will travel through the Bella Vista area and Italian Market.  Along the way, historical landmarks will also be discussed.


 

Amplify © 2014 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Ben Volta and Restorative Justice Guild members | Photo by Steve Weinik

Restorative Justice Mural Tour

Restorative Justice is a concept of justice that involves the victim, the offender, and the community in the healing process.  The Mural Arts Program incorporates the concepts of restorative justice through art instruction, mural making, and community service work within the criminal justice system. This powerful tour showcases the large-scale outdoor murals painted by the men and women who are current inmates, probationers and parolees, or juvenile delinquents.  An experienced guide narrates the difficult, often harrowing, and inspiring stories behind these incredible works of art.


 

The Color of Your Voice © 2012 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Ernel Martinez & Keir Johnston of Amber Art and Design | Photo by Steve Weinik

Porch Light Mural Tour

The Porch Light Program was created through a partnership between the Mural Arts Program and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.  The program works closely with the communities within Philadelphia and uses public art in achieving mental health and wellness.  Mural created through this program focus on issues that significantly influence our mental health, including faith and spirituality, suicide prevention, homelessness, trauma, immigration, war, and community tensions.  Tour guests will learn how the murals are created, hear the stories of those involved, and witness their scale and depth first hand on this exciting mural trolley tour.


 

A Celebration of Poetry © 2004 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Parris Stancell | Photo by Jack Ramdsdale

AAIIC

The Albert M. Greenfield African American Iconic Images Collection captures the rich African American experience in Philadelphia and beyond. This carefully curated collection includes murals that depict historic and current figures like W.E.B. DuBois, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, and Patti LaBelle, to name just a few.


 

Tropical Landscape with Waterfall © 1999 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Ana Uribe | Restored in 2012 | Photo by Jack Ramdsdale

Women Artists in Philadelphia

Experience the power and influence of female artists on this mural trolley around Philadelphia. View master works by artists like Ann Northrup, Michelle Ortiz, and Meg Saligman, as this tour passes through some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.


 

The Journey: Vietnam to the United States © 2007 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Shira Walinsky | Photo by Jack Ramdsdale

Immigration & Jewish Landmarks

Learn about early immigration in Philadelphia and the tales of various ethnic groups who made the city their home. Along the way, view landmarks in Jewish history and experience a surprise stop at one of the nation’s oldest – and still functioning – orthodox Jewish synagogues.


 


The Pathology of Devotion © 1992 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Vincent Desiderio (design), Jane Golden, Dietrich Adonis | Restored in 1999 by Eric Okdeh and Jason Slowik | Photo by Jack Ramdsdale

Spirituality

The city’s founder, William Penn, wanted Philadelphia (translated to “brotherly love") to be a place where religious tolerance and the freedom to worship were ensured. This special mural tour takes guests through various neighborhoods to view historic mosques, synagogues, and churches, as well as murals that speak to themes of love, tolerance, faith, and much more.


 

Philadelphia Stars Negro League © 2005 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | David McShane | Photo by Jack Ramdsdale

Tribute to Sports Heroes

Philadelphia sports fans are amongst the rarest breeds around. Learn about our unique sports history and culture, while viewing mural images of some of the city’s iconic athletes and traditions.  The two-hour trolley tour showcases legends including Dr. J, Wilt Chamberlain, and the Blue Horizon boxing arena.      


Philly Chunk Pack © 2011 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Kenny Scharf | Photo by Steve Weinik

Mural Making Techniques

Travel the streets of Philadelphia to learn the multiple ways murals are made.  From the many different techniques to different artistic characteristics to preservation, the mural making process will be showcased like never before.



Walking Tours

Evolving Face of Nursing © 2010 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Meg Saligman | Broad & Vine Streets | Photo by Steve Weinik

Mural Mile North

Take a walk on the mural side!

Explore the iconic public art north of Market Street, such as Evolving Face of Nursing (Meg Saligman) and How to Turn Anything Into Something Else (Miss Rockaway Armada).  An experienced guide will share the stories of the people, places, and themes of each mural.  Along the way, learn about the culture of the neighborhoods and how the murals compliment their environment.


 

Garden of Delight © 2010 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | David Guinn | Photo by Steve Weinik

Mural Mile South

Take a walk on the mural side!

Explore iconic public art in the heart of Center City, such as Garden of Delight (David Guinn) and the recently restored Philadelphia Muses (Meg Saligman). An experienced guide will share the stories of the people, places, and themes of each mural.  Along the way, learn about the culture of the neighborhoods and how the murals compliment their environment.


 

Train Tours

Love Letter © 2009 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program | Steve Powers | Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Love Letter

Experience the power of murals by train on a Love Letter tour! Noted street artist and hometown hero Stephen Powers (aka ESPO) and crew, in collaboration with Mural Arts, painted a series of 50 murals on rooftops that collectively express a love letter from a guy to a girl, from an artist to his hometown, and from local residents to their West Philadelphia neighborhood.