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 5 Days a Week
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturdays until 11/14: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Visit the Center

Open 5 Days a Week | Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm + Saturdays until 11/14: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Check out our Calendar for current exhibitions and programs
Exhibitions at the Center are always FREE to visit!

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.

For detailed information on public transit options, please visit


We have partnered with Parking Panda 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

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

Holidays + Special Hours

The Center is CLOSED to the public on most Saturdays, all Sundays, and on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day through New Year's Day

The Center may open early or stay open late on any day for public programs - see our calendar for details. We are open on the first Saturday of each month for our Free Design Workshops and may be closed to the public during regular hours on any day for private rentals. Please call to confirm before visiting.

Around the Neighborhood

  • Philadelphia City Hall | Visit America's largest, most decadent municipal building. This architectural marvel is the tallest masonry (brick + 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 taste buds desire.
  • 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.