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Parkway 100

September 8, 2017–November 16, 2018

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway turns 100 this year. Mark this milestone with Parkway 100, a 14-month, citywide celebration of our world-famous boulevard.

A great public space, the Parkway is rich in art, culture, science, and education. Join us in the coming months for a series of programs and exhibitions on the centennial theme of “Collections and Connections.”


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Art of the Middle Ages
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Step back into the world of medieval Europe and view sculpture, paintings, and stained glass in architectural settings.

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 19, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Introduction to the Collection
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures.

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 20, 2018, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

See some of the greatest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world, featuring masterworks by artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Cézanne.

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 26, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 9, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

American Art
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Explore three centuries of paintings, furniture, and decorative arts, with special emphasis on Philadelphia and rural Pennsylvania.

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 19, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 27, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 9, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.

European Art 1500 to 1850
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Take an “inside’ look at paintings, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, tapestries, and more spanning over three centuries.

  • Thursday, July 19, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 26, 2018, Starts at 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, Starts at 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

A Walk through Time
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Visit a Medieval Cloister, a 16th-century Indian Temple Hall, the country estates of 18th-century England and France, and a Japanese tea house, all in one hour.

  • Thursday, July 19, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m.

Music in the Galleries: Light, Line, Shadow
Sunday, July 22, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Don’t miss the world premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s composition inspired by Edward Hopper’s painting Road and Trees. Performed by Network for New Music.

​Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Love in Art
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Starts at 12:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Get hit by Cupid’s arrow as you explore depictions of love and marriage throughout our collection.

Modern and Contemporary Art
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Discover exciting, innovative, and sometimes controversial works of art created in the 20th and 21st centuries, including masters such as Picasso, Duchamp, Twombly, and LeWitt.

Ceramics
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Explore the history of ceramics from 10,000 BCE to today.

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018, Starts at 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 27, 2018, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Flowers in Art
Friday, July 27, 2018
Starts at 12:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Claude Monet once said, “I must have flowers, always, and always.” Stop to smell the roses as we take a tour of flowers in art.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Meet in the Great Stair Hall, near gallery 151.

An artwork takes center stage during a participatory gallery conversation.

Facilitated by Museum educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania
  • Villa at Caprarola, 1746, by Claude-Joseph Vernet
    • Thursday, August 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    • Friday, August 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    • Saturday, August 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Women in Art
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Starts at 12:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

From models to artists, mistresses to muses, explore the essential role women have played in the creation of art.

Monet to van Gogh
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Starts at 12:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

See some of the greatest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world, featuring masterworks by artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Cézanne.

Picasso and Beyond
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Starts at 1:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Featuring masterworks by such artists as Picasso, Duchamp, and Dalí, this tour chronicles the course of modern art.

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Related Exhibitions

Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950: See how Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, and others forged bold new styles to fit the times.

Rodin’s The Kiss: Passion in the hands of a master sculptor.

To learn more about this citywide celebration, visit www.parkway100.org.




Banner image: Philadelphia Museum of Art: Perspective from Southeast, 1917–18, attributed to Julian Francis Abele, American, 1881–1950 (Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives)

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