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Kick-start your weekend with Friday Nights at the Museum. Live music and gallery access until 8:45 p.m. Enjoy cocktails and tapas-style dishes by Starr Catering.

Get louder and livelier on Final Fridays with themed performances and activities.

With different musical acts each week and new themes each month, there’s a surprise waiting for you every Friday Night.


Collection Tours all evening and themed Detours on the last Friday of the month. Performances and activities free after Museum admission unless noted. All galleries in the main building are open. Sign up for our Public Programs e-newsletter to get the latest info.

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Friday Nights Schedule

Final Fridays: Winter Is Coming
Friday, November 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Jon Snow knew at least one thing—winter can be rough. Get ready for the season with a night geared toward surviving the coldest months.


Pictorial Pursuit: The Hunt
5:00–7:30 p.m.
Throughout the galleries
Go on a scavenger hunt that pairs Game of Thrones quotes with works of art. Those loyal to House Baratheon should watch for wild boars.


Check + Checkmate
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Strategic board games to make your opponent bend the knee.

Othello: Gallery 175, 1st floor
Carcassonne: Gallery 206, 2nd floor
Stratego: Gallery 299, 2nd floor


Music: Universal Cave DJ Set
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Hear rare grooves from this Philly-based record label known for its eccentric mixtapes and extensive record collection.


Music: Piffaro Renaissance Band
5:30 & 6:30 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
Enjoy late medieval and Renaissance sounds from Piffaro, a sextet that performs on reconstructed period instruments. Just don’t get your hopes up for an Ed Sheeran cameo tonight.


DIY Art: Draw Your Swords
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Kienbusch Gallery 247, 2nd floor
Sketch your way to the Iron Throne by studying our arms and armor. You bring the ambition, we’ll supply the materials.


Detours with Lynn Landes of Wild Foodies
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Flammer Gallery 102, 1st floor
You’ll need to know how to live off the land if you’re taking a trip to the Wall. In this unconventional gallery tour, Wild Foodies founder Lynn Landes unlocks the many uses of flora and fauna seen in our collection.


Trial by Combat: Medieval Martial Arts
6:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Wallace Gallery 201 & Knight Foundation Gallery 204, 2nd floor
Take notes for your next encounter with the Mountain as Connor Kemp-Cowell from the Philadelphia Common Fencers Guild demonstrates three different weapon systems.


Performance: Mo(or)town/Redux
7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Motown music provides the backdrop to choreographer Doug Elkins’s retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello, set at a dance party.

Ugly Sweater Party with Chaise Lounge
Friday, December 1, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Join us in your gaudiest seasonal garb for an evening of card making, cocktails, and spiked cocoa. Also enjoy performances by Chaise Lounge, who will serve up retro holiday jazz that’s equal parts dry wit and dry martini.

Silver and Gold with Rhenda Fearrington
Friday, December 8, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Philadelphia jazz vocalist Rhenda Fearrington ushers in the spirit of the holidays. Enjoy classic tunes, special guests, audience sing-alongs, and something for the kids in this throwback holiday review.

Feliz Navidad with Radio Jarocho & Zenén Zeferino
Friday, December 15, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Heat up your holiday season with son jarocho, traditional dance music of southern Mexico. Enjoy performances by Radio Jarocho and Zenén Zeferino.

​Presented with the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center

Bossa Nova Holiday with Jackie Ribas & the Carlos Almeida Quintet
Friday, December 22, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Enjoy Brazilian interpretations of American favorites performed by Jackie Ribas and the Carlos Almeida Quintet. Their surprising renditions will make you fall in love with holiday music again.

Final Fridays: Get Your Om On
Friday, December 29, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Get blissed out with guided meditation, art making, yoga classes, and the funky and soulful stylings of Worldtown SoundSystem.

JD Walter & Orrin Evans Duo
Friday, January 5, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Progressive jazz vocalist JD Walter joins Philadelphia pianist Orrin Evans for an intimate performance.

CNOTE NYC
Friday, January 12, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This trio​ of Christopher McBride, Jonathan Edward Thomas, and Curtis Nowosad mixes jazz, R&B, rock, and fusion with ease, technicality, and musical precision.

The Dove & the Wolf
Friday, January 19, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This Philly-based Parisian duo crafts reflective songs characterized by hushed harmonies and the sounds of dream pop and old-school soft rock.

Final Fridays: Weird Science
Friday, January 26, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Indulge your inner nerd with an evening devoted to experiments, discoveries, and art.

​Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Uri Gurvich
Friday, February 2, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Saxophonist Uri Gurvich blends world influences, including sounds from his native Israel, with progressive jazz. Songs from his latest release, Kinship, explore tribal and familial connections between different cultures and individuals.

Aaron Parnell Brown
Friday, February 9, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Get in the mood for love. Philly singer-songwriter Aaron Parnell Brown offers up a mix of ’70s soul, romantic jazz, and original tunes that will make you swoon.

Martha Stuckey
Friday, February 16, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

A theatrical evening of jazz standards and originals with Red 40 frontwoman Martha Stuckey.

Final Fridays: King Britt Presents
Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Legendary DJ and producer King Britt presents an evening of interactions and experiences inspired by his personal history as an artist.

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