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New Spring and Summer Mural Tours Give Visitors Inside Look at Philly Neighborhoods

March 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last fall, we explained why there are so many murals in Philadelphia and recommended one of our favorite tours to help you explore them. This spring, the city’s Mural Arts Program will debut several new tours that will give visitors a fresh taste of its infamous wall art. All tours are led by guides who explain the mural-making process, the neighborhood history, how the murals are made, and the stories behind them.

You can see all the tours and prices here, and below, we list the newcomers set to debut this spring. Each takes you through a different part of the city and focuses on the unique art history of the respective neighborhood:

Two New Mural Trolley Tours

Philadelphia’s Reimagined Landscapes Mural Tour goes through the Frankford and Kensington neighborhoods to share stories of Philadelphia’s 17th, 18th, and 19th century commercial corridors, when the entire industrial area was known as the “Workshop of the World.” Visitors will learn how these “rust belt neighborhoods” turned into reinvigorated residential and creative art communities.

You can kill two birds with one stone on the new America’s First Highway Mural Tour, which takes you along part of the country’s historic cross-country road, the Lincoln Highway (known today as Route 30). Learn about how the highway was born and view murals that dot the landscape through West Philadelphia.

'Mural Mile' Becomes Two Separate Tours

Formerly a single tour, the Mural Mile Tour has broken into the Mural Mile South and the Mural Mile North. Mural Mile South explores public art in Center City, and Mural Mile North checks in on everything north of Market Street. Each is a two-mile walking tour and takes about two hours.

Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Themed Tour

Set to launch later in 2014, the Mural Arts Program’s Porch Light Project has “created a series of powerful murals that showcase how participatory public art can be used in addressing a variety of behavioral health challenges.” The tour will be offered on select dates in 2014, schedule to be determined. You can keep track of updates and its potential opening here.

[Photos: Mural Arts Program/Adam Wallacavage]

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