Kimmel Center – Academy Of Music


Philadelphia’s Academy of Music is both a celebrated historical landmark and a current focus of cultural life in the city. Opened in 1857, the Academy is the oldest grand opera house in the United States still used for its original purpose. It remains one of the busiest halls in the world and hosts a myriad of community functions and cultural activities, including performances by the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet and Philly Pops with Peter Nero. The Academy is owned by The Philadelphia Orchestra Association and is managed by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

The Academy Today

The main hall (capacity 2,897) is constantly in use for concerts, operas, ballets, and other events. The Ballroom (capacity 350), was inspired by the design of the Hall of mirrors at Versailles. Tours of the Academy are available and schedules may be obtained by contacting the manager’s office.


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Directions by Car

Academy of Music
Broad and Locust Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102

From I-76 East: Take I-76 East towards Philadelphia to I-676 East and exit at Broad Street. Turn right at the exit and proceed south on 15th Street towards Locust Street to enter the vicinity of the Academy of Music.

From I-95: Take I-95 North to the Broad Street exit. Follow north to Locust Street (approximately three miles).

From Benjamin Franklin Bridge: Take first exit on 8th Street to Spruce Street. Continue west to Broad Street, turn right one block to Locust Street.

From Walt Whitman Bridge: Take Broad Street exit. Follow Broad Street to Locust Street (approximately three miles).

Directions by Public Transportation

Broad Street Subway: Take Broad Street subway and exit at the Walnut/Locust stop.

PATCO High Speed Line from New Jersey: Exit at the 15th and Locust Streets stop.

SEPTA Train:
City Hall/Penn Center Suburban Station. Walk south on 15th four blocks to Locust Street, and one block east to Broad Street.

Parking Facilities

Bellevue Parking Lot: northwest side of Broad & Locust Streets

Doubletree Hotel: southwest corner of Broad & Locust Streets

Park & Lock: on Spruce between 15th and 16th Streets on north side

Central Parking System:

1327 Locust Street (at Juniper)

15th and Sansom Streets

219 S. Broad Street

1616 Chancellor Street

1816 Sansom Street

Kinney System: northeast side of Broad and Locust Streets

Five Star: 1500 Spruce Street, Academy House garage

Parkway Corporation: 1309 Locust Street

Seating Chart


The Kimmel Center and the Academy of Music are ADA compliant. For tickets and accessible-seating information, call TicketPhiladelphia: 215-893-1999.