For nearly half a century, the old north entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the entry mostly notable for the trucks parked in front of it or backing into it, has been off-limits to anyone not seeking to load at its dock facing Kelly Drive.

But Wednesday, 28 second graders from Bache-Martin Elementary School walked through a torrential downpour of red streamers, past the new glass entrance, past the great old studded wooden doors, and into what William R. Hite Jr., superintendent of schools, called their future.


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credit: by Stephan Salisbury