The Academy of Music celebrated its 162nd birthday on January 26, 2019. It is owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra and maintained by the Academy of Music Restoration, the non-profit that preserves and ensures the structural integrity of the National Historic Landmark. The Academy of Music, in center city Philadelphia, opened its doors with an inaugural ball on January 26, 1857, under James Buchanan's presidency. It is the oldest opera house in the United States, and it is the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philly Pops and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. La Scala in Milan, Italy, is the model for the venue. The Philadelphia Orchestra's annual Anniversary Concert and Ball fundraiser is held in the Academy of Music. The annual Anniversary Concert and Ball is a white-tie event with live performances, dinner and dancing. To see Philly's latest events, purchase your Academy of Music Philadelphia tickets at StubHub today.
What is the Academy of Music's seating capacity?
The Academy of Music seats up to 2,509 people on four levels.
Where are the best Academy of Music seats located?
All center seats give excellent views. You can sit at ground level, which is the orchestra section, or in the loge and upper balcony sections, which are at the top of the stairs.
Is the Academy of Music accessible by public transportation?
The subway, taxi or bus will take you to the Academy of Music from downtown Philadelphia. The Walnut Locust Station off the Broad Street subway is 340 feet from the Academy of Music.
Is there on-site parking?
Guests attending Academy of Music events will find five parking lots within one-tenth of a mile from the venue. You can reserve a space on Rittenhouse Square right after you purchase your tickets. Parking is available in the Citizens Bank parking lot, the Lincoln Financial parking lot, the Wells Fargo Center and at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during evening events at the Academy of Music.
Are there other entertainment options nearby?
The Academy of Music in center city Philadelphia is located near the Forrest Theatre and the historic Walnut Street Theatre. You can enjoy Broadway plays and musicals on stage at the historic Forrest Theatre. The Walnut Street Theatre offers family entertainment, theater camp for 8 to 18 year olds and theater school for aspiring artists.
Should I call a sitter, or can I bring the young ones along?
The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music nurtures children's love for music and the arts with Saturday morning family concerts that are perfect ages 6 to 12 years old. Children are not allowed at formal events, however.
Is the Academy of Music a wheelchair-friendly facility?
Wheelchair and limited-mobility seats where guests can enjoy the performance from their wheelchairs or transfer to theater seats are located in the Parquet circle and the balcony. Guests should select the wheelchair-accessible option when purchasing tickets. Restrooms on the main floor are wheelchair accessible.Back to Top
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