Parkway museums struggle through Made in America: ‘It takes a toll’

August 31, 2018

A view of the Made In America festival on the Ben Franklin Parkway last year.

By Staff

Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Thursday afternoon, Made in America festival workers hustled to assemble the stages and speaker towers, bars and concession stands, Abercrombie & Fitch-branded VIP areas. Video screens flickering with colorful test patterns nearly blotted out the view of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, while a handful of dedicated tourists/Rocky reenactors held up their arms triumphantly at the top of the steps.

At the museum’s decidedly less iconic west entrance, a 69-year-old Center City resident who’d give only her first name, Camille (“I don’t want to get nagged on the internet”), said she’d taken the Route 38 bus to squeeze in one last visit to the museum district before the area was sealed off with barricades.

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