Mural Arts Philadelphia offers spring walking tours of Downtown, Germantown and South Philly

As the weather begins to warm up, people in Philadelphia are starting to spend time outdoors again.

Mural Arts Philadelphia Welcomes Three New Neighborhoods walking tours this spring, as well as a new self-guided walking tour accessible by phone. Guided tours take visitors through South Philadelphia, Downtown, and Germantown.

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Tickets costs $25 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under. Each tour option has been selected to showcase the neighborhoods best (and often most historic) public art.

Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and has a limited number of places available. They each start at 2 p.m. on their respective dates.

Starting Saturday, people can join the mural arts on Broad and Tasker Streets for “The Endless Passabilities of South Philadelphia,” a walking tour among the vast food offerings of South Philly and Passyunk Square.

This tour shines a light on the smaller and often hidden murals on the neighborhood’s smaller buildings and walkways.

Guides will share the story behind the murals, in the context of the community as a whole. Some of the highlights include “South Philly Musicians Remix” by Eric Okdeah and “Watchtowers” by Joe Boruchow. The tour ends at 12th and Morris streets.

There are additional dates for the South Philly tour on April 3, April 30 and May 21.

Starting Sunday, people can stroll downtown with “Mural Mile Center City West,” a tour that focuses on the sprawling murals that cover some of the city’s busiest sections.

The tour will begin at 18th and Market streets and take guests through Rittenhouse Square and to the Schuylkill River. Guides will tell stories about the history of the city and its rulers – past and present. They will showcase the history of public art in the city as the mural arts approach their 40th anniversary.

Highlights include the Phillies Mural overlooking the Schuylkill River Trail, as well as “Untitled” by Momo, which spans 12 floors of office towers on Market Street. The tour begins at the Sonesta Hotel and ends at Rittenhouse Square.

There are additional dates for the Center City West tour on April 2, April 24, and May 15.

On Saturday, March 19, people can stroll through Northwest Philadelphia for a tour of “Historic Germantown.” The tour will start and end near Bobbie’s Coffee and Books at 5445 Germantown Ave.

The Germantown walking tour will focus on public art as a form of community engagement, using the neighborhood’s murals as a stepping stone to urban development.

Guides will discuss the history and importance of Germantown to the history of Philadelphia as a whole. One of the highlights is “Growing up in Germantown” by Ann Northrup.

There are additional dates for the Germantown tour on April 10, May 8 and May 28.

Those who prefer to take their time can take a self-guided tour of one of the city’s murals. The “Engage By Cell” self-guided tour is easy to start and has no time limit. Simply text the word “MURAL” to (215) 608-1866, and using your phone’s GPS system, a map will appear with different murals around town.

Wall Arts Spring Walking Tours

Various dates
2 p.m. | $18-25
Downtown, Germantown, South Philadelphia