Harrisburg, February 8, 2017 – A $3 million grant for a transportation project at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been approved, state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said today.

The funding will improve roadway and pedestrian access to the museum on Anne d’Harnoncourt near the museum. The building, constructed in 1928, is city-owned, internationally known and a landmark that hosts major events.

“Philadelphia is a tourist destination city because of local treasures like the Philadelphia Museum of Art,” Farnese said. “State grants that improve transportation access and the aesthetics of the area helps our local economy and gives more visitors, school students and residents a chance to enjoy the facility.”

Farnese said the grant was approved through PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

The scope of the project includes improvements to the roads which are used to access the museum’s two entrances. The work includes an entrance to the museum facing Kelly Drive and a new access point for school buses, plus an improved SEPTA stop, permanent ADA ramps and safety improvements for pedestrians.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund was formed in 2013 to provide funding for projects involving local and public transportation, rail freight, ports and waterways, and aviation investments. 

“The $3 million grant is significant and it will enable the venue to continue to improve,” Farnese said. “There are many projects that compete for multimodal funding and I am pleased that the work on Anne d’Harnoncourt was approved.”

Farnese said that the museum requested $3 million for the project. The total project cost is $4,449,427.