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Adult Programs

Be entertained, enlightened, and engaged by experiences that go beyond the limits of gallery viewing. Better understand and appreciate the Museum's collection and exhibitions through programs and events aimed at all adult learners, specialist and non-specialist alike.

Preregistration is suggested for all ticketed programs. Prices do not include Museum admission unless noted. Programs, topics, and speakers are subject to change. Please arrive early as we reserve the right to release seats at the start of the program.


Let the good times roll with music, dance, and cabaret.

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Luke Carlos O’Reilly
Friday, May 5, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This nationally renowned pianist leads an ensemble of the city’s most talented jazz musicians.

Friday, May 12, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of Turkish-inspired music, featuring percussive grooves, exotic harmonics, and expressive vocals of traditional Anatolian decent.

Supported by the Turkish American Friendship Society of the US (TAFSUS)

Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society
Friday, May 19, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Revel in the jazz and blues sounds of the Roaring Twenties.

Donn T
Friday, June 2, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philadelphia's visionary singer-songwriter Donn T combines eclectic soul music with special guests for a dramatic and moving performance. Her upcoming album, 1004 Characters, will be released this summer. She also makes her literary debut in the anthology Behind the Song (Sourcebooks, Fall 2017).

Friday, June 9, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This New York–based roots pop band makes life-affirming, body-shaking music that moves people around the world. An organic synthesis of all the sounds heard on the streets of NYC, Karikatura blends cumbia, hip-hop, reggae, klezmer, indie-rock, and merengue.

Cocek! Brass Band
Friday, June 16, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Infectious original compositions pulse with Old World nostalgia when this five-piece brass ensemble takes the stage. An eclectic mix of influences, including traditional Eastern European songs, New Orleans jazz, and Afrobeat and reggae sounds.

Peter Beets
Friday, June 23, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

From his riffs on Latin jazz to his timeless arrangements of classical music, this award-winning Dutch pianist’s signature buoyancy and sophistication are audible in everything he plays. Beets returns to Philadelphia for an evening with local jazz giants, including Larry McKenna on tenor sax.

Final Fridays: Down the Shore
Friday, June 30, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Here’s our definition of summer madness: skip the shore traffic and keep it local. We’re bringing beach vibes to the Museum with grub and boardwalk games.

Friday, July 7, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus,” and you’ll want to join in as soon as the band launches into its infectious and energetic rhythms. A riotous mash-up of influences fuses hip-hop, punk, funk, and jazz into a blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora.

color as time
Friday, July 14, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A mix of classical composition, jazz improvisation, and pop, performed by musicians from Philly’s folk and classical scenes led by Joshua Stamper. These songs are earthy, playful, deeply comforting, and bracingly urgent.

Shea Rose
Friday, July 21, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The Boston Globe calls Rose “that rare artist who can bridge diverse styles such as soul, funk, rock, rap and jazz—and bring her unique stamp to each.” This Boston artist’s soulful sounds explore the universal topics of identity, transformation, and self-acceptance.

Final Fridays: Wild
Friday, July 28, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy an eco-centric evening that’s all about conservation—of art and the environment. With live music straight from Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Friday, August 11, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Blending bossa nova and samba with sounds from around the globe, this Latin Grammy nominee represents a new generation in Brazilian popular music. Co-composer of the Rio 2016 theme, he’s traveling with a full band to bring Brazil to Philly.

Josh Lawrence
Friday, August 18, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The jazz trumpeter and a quartet of Philly favorites present Color Theory—music that explores traditional color theory and the phenomenon of synesthesia. Let all of your senses come out to play, with tunes for both your ears and eyes, and flavors to savor from Starr Catering.

Final Fridays: Last Chance Summer Dance
Friday, August 25, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Dance the night away with booty-shaking Brazilian music by PhillyBloco.


Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Collab Spring Trip: An Insider's Look at Knoll
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Paid reservations required
Collab members and guests: $65 per person. Transportation, snacks, and lunch will be provided.

Knoll is a constellation of design-driven brands and people, working together with their clients to create inspired modern interiors. Join fellow Collab members on the floor of the factory that has furnished the most important commercial interiors of the last half-century. Follow the furniture production line, watch chairs subjected to stress testing, and peruse the hundreds of textiles used for upholsteries. Following the tour, enjoy a picnic lunch on Knoll grounds.

8:30 a.m. Bus departs from Museum's West Entrance
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Plant tour, presentation, lunch
4:00 p.m. Return to Museum

RSVP by April 26 to 215-684-7768 or
Space is limited. Complimentary parking will be available in the Museum garage.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall, near the entrance to the Modern and Contemporary Art galleries

A different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations facilitated by Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Watercolor Salons
Location: Dorrance Program Room
Paid tickets required
$25 (Free for members); includes Museum and Special Exhibition admission
Call 215-235-7469 to reserve tickets

Lively conversations about American Watercolor and related topics.

Members join a private morning tour to complement these conversations.
  • Philadelphia Illustrators
    • Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
      Author and illustrator Jerry Pinkney and exhibition assistant in American Art Laura Fravel highlight Philadelphia’s role in illustration. Funded by the Center for American Art.

A Green and Historic Place
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Pleasant
Paid tickets required
$20 ($15 for members)

​Art historian Elizabeth Milroy shares surprising stories of Mount Pleasant and other sites in Fairmount Park over the past 250 years. Reception and book signing to follow.

Architecture and Antiques
Sunday, May 21, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meeit in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 for members)

Spend an afternoon surrounded by stylish objects and fashionable design from our country’s early days at Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion, and Woodford.


Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Hackathon 2.0
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Paid tickets required
$25 ($20 for members)

Build a team and bring your creativity, curiosity, and tech skills to this extended-format hackathon. You have a month to create a digital game inspired by the Museum.

Enjoy access to wayfinding iBeacons and data about art on view. Experiments with augmented and virtual reality are encouraged. Workspace, food, and staff will be available.

During Philly Tech Week, present your project to a panel of judges and a public audience for a chance to win cash prizes.

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Film courses
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B
Paid tickets required
$125 ($100 members and BMFI members); includes Museum admission.

Lectures and participatory gallery sessions connect art and film.

The course is co-taught by Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Museum.
  • Art/Cinema II
    • Thursday, May 4, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
      • Thursday, May 11, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
        • Thursday, May 18, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
          • Thursday, May 25, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
            Discover surprising thematic and stylistic connections between art and film. Topics include modernity, science fiction, auteur theory, and costumes, sets, and props. Each class includes lectures and participatory gallery suggestions that connect art and film.

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

Drop in and draw from Rodin’s masterpieces. Materials provided.

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Wednesday Nights

Experience the unexpected every Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m., when Museum admission is Pay What You Wish.

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Starr Catering Group Interactive Chef Demonstration Series
Location: Museum Cafe
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members)
Call 215-235-7469 to reserve tickets

These intimate, 90-minute classes offer first-hand tutorials for creating exceptional food and drink. Local food celebrities and international experts lead interactive demonstrations with assistant chefs on hand to help you perfect the culinary techniques to make these stunning dishes at home. Sample the food prepared during the class and receive recipes for all dishes, as well as a special gift.

  • Mexican Gastronomy
    • Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      In honor of Mexican Week, held in Philadelphia by the Mexican Cultural Center, the Museum will celebrate Mexican culture and heritage with a guest chef from Puebla, Mexico. Savor authentic Mexican cuisine paired with tequila cocktails during this festive night of food and fun. ​

Wednesday Nights at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Yoga has been canceled for Wednesday April 26, 2017
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
First come first served, space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission

Sketching in the Galleries
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Be an artist for a day! "Draw" inspiration from the artwork on view and let your imagination run wild. Paper and pencils will be provided.

Location provided at any admissions desk
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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