From April 27 through May 1, 2012, Antiques Week in Philadelphia will be underway. The annual event is expected to attract a number of antique collectors and cultural enthusiasts from both around the city and out of town. Whether a collector or merely a spectator and admirer of antiques, here are a number of events and attractions worth checking out that you won’t want to miss.

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23rd Street Armory Antiques Show
23rd Street Armory
22 South 23rd St.
(between Market & Chestnut Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(914) 474-8552

Dates: April 27 to 29, 2012
Hours: April 27 to 28 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 29 -11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: $15 on April 27, $12 on April 28 to 29

This year marks the 18th anniversary of the 23rd Street Armory Antiques show. The exhibit will feature antiques from 45 nationally recognized American and Continental specialists from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The showcase will include fine art, American, French and Chinese furniture, American Folk Art, Oriental carpets, American and English silver textiles, metal ware, ceramics and garden architecturals. For visitors who make large purchases at the exhibit, there will be an on-site shipper available.

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The Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(610) 902-2109

Philadelphia Antiques Show
Date: April 28th – May 1, 2012
Hours: Saturday April 28 and Monday April 30 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday April 29 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday May 1 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: $20 on-site; $17 by mail before April 20th, or on-line purchasers, or WHYY members with ID, or for seniors. For Penn Medicine employees with ID, the cost is $12. Free for students with valid ID

Since 1962, the Philadelphia Antiques Show has been an annual event attracting a number of collectors, designers and art lovers. Show attendees can expect to find the best selections in Americana period furniture, fine art, decorative accessories, silver, ceramics, jewelry and textiles. This year’s show will introduce innovative home decorating concepts for those looking to give their home a classic, old century flair.

New Collectors Night
Date: April 28, 2012
Hours: 6.p.m. – 10 p.m. (After party begins at 8 p.m.)
Price: $125 per person (advance ticket purchase is required for entry)

This year’s Antiques Week show marks the third annual New Collectors private event. For those creative home decorators who use distinctive and unique items to add flair to their homes, the night’s event is specifically for you. Attendees of the event will have a chance to explore the booths of antique dealers while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. At 8 p.m., an after party will be held in a new location within the convention center.

Tales from the Tables of Presidents
Date: April 30, 2012
Hours: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $20 on-site; $17 by mail before April 20 or on-line purchasers, or WHYY members with ID, or for seniors. For Penn Medicine employees with ID, the cost is $12. Free for students with valid ID

Antique collectors are often intrigued by the story within the items they collect. Such is the case White House Presidential china collector, Set C. Momjian. Since 1950, Momjian has been collecting china that belonged to Presidential families of American History. Collectors at Antiques Week can listen as Momjian reflects on the personal style of each First Lady seen through the china they owned.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100

Hours: Tues to Sun- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Members are free at all times, Adults $16, Seniors (ages 65 & over) $14, Students (with valid ID) $12, Children ages 13–18 $12, ages 12 & under Free

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a major attraction in the city, full of history and culture. Antique and art lovers can find exhibitions that include first century AD pieces from the Western world, as well as Asian pieces from the third millennium BC. Other exhibits in the museum include the second largest collection of arms and armor in the United States. Antique fans will also find European holdings that date from the Medieval era to the present.

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