Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

February 27, 2017 26 Comments

Philadelphia’s art scene is pretty incredible, and it’s one of my favorite things about living here. From the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art to the street murals to the music festivals, there’s something for everyone here. One of the most interesting places to see art is Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which is covered in mosaics (even on the ground!) and spans for half a block. The artist, Isaiah Zagar, started beautifying vacant lots with mosaics in the 1960s, and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens opened to the public in 2008. Even though “gardens” is in the name, there actually aren’t any plants!

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens reminded me a lot of some of the buildings in Christiania in Copenhagen if anyone has been there before! It is pretty popular in the spring and summer on nice days since it’s outside, so be sure to go early so you can get in. These pictures don’t do it justice, so you should definitely go see it for yourself! It’s pretty incredible to see that one person covered every inch of the space with tiles and other glass that he collected.  

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

All the different designs next to each other are really cool to see

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Even the stairs are covered in tiles!

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Inside the building is also covered in tiles

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Has anyone ever visited Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens or something like it before? Comment below! 🙂 And stayed tuned for some exciting news next week!

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26 Comments

  1. Reply

    Stephanie

    February 27, 2017

    Wow! What a gorgeous place. I love these photos. All the colors are so pretty.

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      Julia

      February 27, 2017

      Thank you!

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    Alana

    February 27, 2017

    We have small scale mosaic installations in downtown Binghamton, New York (where I work) – nothing at all like this. I’ve also been to the Bottle Houses of Prince Edward Island. But this is something different. And I only live three hours away!

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      Julia

      February 28, 2017

      You should definitely visit it if you get the chance! It’s pretty amazing!

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    Amanda

    February 28, 2017

    These photos are so beautiful! Truthfully I don’t know much about Philly, but I’ve always wanted to visit for the art. Especially the Magic Gardens!

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      Julia

      February 28, 2017

      Thank you! There’s a lot of great art in Philly!

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    Heidi Roland

    March 1, 2017

    Such a cool spot in Philadelphia. Love these photos of the Magic Gardens!

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      Julia

      March 1, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Tonya

    March 1, 2017

    This looks like it would an amazing backdrop for portraits! I so want to go to Magic Gardens now.

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      Julia

      March 1, 2017

      Yeah it’s a great place for photoshoots!

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    Ann

    March 3, 2017

    I definitely need to put this on my summer bucket list. I’ve lived in Philly my entire life and I have yet to go inside!!! This is serious inspiration for a visit to magic gardens.

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      Julia

      March 3, 2017

      You should definitely go! It’s a pretty cool place!

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    Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

    March 3, 2017

    I visited the Magic Gardens during the fall break of my sophomore year of college! (I’m now a junior). I went with a group of friends, but I have another group of friends who have never been and really want me to go with them (for photos LOL). I mean, I have nothing against visiting the Magic Gardens again, and if they insist, who am I to argue? 😉 I actually also shared a post on my blog about my trip to the Magic Gardens if you want to check it out HERE! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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      Julia

      March 3, 2017

      Yeah it’s definitely worth revisiting if you get the chance!

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    Ro

    March 3, 2017

    I love these photographs and I love Magic Gardens! I’ve been twice and love it each time! It’s so beautiful and so amazing knowing that it also includes pieces that are recycled items/items that would otherwise be disposed of and thrown in the trash.

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      Julia

      March 3, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂 Yeah it’s a really incredible place!

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    Anuradha manjul

    March 4, 2017

    This is actually a really different kind of museum or a garden. Lovely pictures

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 4, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Tahna de Veyra

    March 4, 2017

    Magical indeed! You make me want to go there. 🙂

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 4, 2017

      It’s definitely worth a visit! 🙂

  11. Reply

    cindy ladage

    March 5, 2017

    I love the variety of gardens, great fun!

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 5, 2017

      Yes it’s a really fun place to visit!

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    Samantha

    March 5, 2017

    Looks amazing girl !!!! I love seeing the world through your eyes !

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      Julia

      March 6, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Christopher James

    March 6, 2017

    Awesome! It seems we share a similar appreciation for the city of Brotherly Love! Love the photos!

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      Julia

      March 6, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

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