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The Philadelphia Art Museum began as a continuation of the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, America’s first World’s Fair. The Memorial Hall, constructed as an exhibition art gallery, was kept open as a Museum of Art and Industry. For the first twenty years of the museum’s existence the collections focused not only on industrial objects, but also decorative art objects. The art objects were European and included ceramics, textiles, paintings, etc. The museum continued to obtain collections from various collectors throughout the twentieth century to increase and diversify their holdings. Today the museum is one of the largest in the country and olds more than 227,000 objects. Some of the artists that are held at the Philadelphia Art Museum include Picasso, Duchamp, Rodin, Robert Adam, Greco, Rubens, Turner, and Dali.
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