Visit the Center

Center / Architecture + Design
1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Photo: David Bender
Visit the Center


1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 569-3186

Open 7 Days a Week!
Mon-Sat: 10am - 6pm
Sundays: 12pm - 5pm

Visit the Center

Open 7 Days a Week! | Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm

NOTICE: The Center will be CLOSED for renovations from January 1 - April 15, 2016. All events will take place off-site. Tours will meet in the 1216 Arch Street Lobby.

Check out our Calendar for current exhibitions and programs

Getting Here

The Center, located near Philadelphia's City Hall and just across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is easily accessible by foot, bike, bus, subway, regional rail, cab, + car. Limited street parking is available. Nearby parking lots and garages are listed below.

For detailed information on public transit options, please visit


We have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow visitors to purchase guaranteed parking nearby. First time customers receive a 15% discount. View real-time availability and pricing at many convenient lots and garages on their interactive map:

        Reserve Philadelphia Center for Architecture Parking Now

Download the FREE Parking Panda App to book parking on-the-go.

for more parking options, including on-street + unreserved, visit


The Center is closed to the public eight days per year (and during private events):

  • New Year's Day + January 02-03
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Around the Neighborhood

  • Philadelphia City Hall | Visit America's largest, most decadent municipal building. This architectural marvel is the tallest stone building in the world - taller than the Egyptian pyramids!
  • Reading Terminal Market | Don't miss the culinary wonders located one block away from the Center at 12th + Arch Streets. Stop in for lunch, dessert, or anything else your mouth desires.
  • Philadelphia Chinatown  | Visit this thriving Chinese neighborhood for a bite or to view the stunning Chinatown Friendship Gate. Located just two blocks away at 10th + Arch Streets.
  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum | Watch artists in action as they explore different mediums in a collaborative environment. Located next door at 1214 Arch Street, it's FREE to visit.