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Members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are invited to enhance their experiences at the Museum through a variety of exclusive opportunities including tours which highlight the permanent collection, special exhibition preview days, and bus trips and enrichment programs which provide both social and educational opportunities to engage with other Museum members.
Members Tour - Walking Through a Winter Wonderland
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

See how the Museum’s collection captures the beauty and excitement of winter; including the landscapes, the holiday season and festive entertaining.

Members Tour - Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Learn about Paul Strand and his photographs of the early twentieth century.

  • Tuesday, December 23, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, December 26, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Preview - Represent: 200 Years of African American Art Galleries
Friday, January 9, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Location: Honickman and Berman Galleries, main building, ground floor
Membership Required
Free for Members
Member guests free after General Admission

Experience the exhibition before it opens to the public during our private Members’ Preview. During this time, members have exclusive access to the exhibition galleries for a free first look of Represent. Stay to enjoy a Pop-Up Members-Only Bar on the East Balcony during Art After 5, 5:00 – 8:45 p.m. Advance reservations are not required.

Members Tour - Temples and Teahouses
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Walk through one of the finest collections of Asian structures in the US, including an Indian Hindu temple hall, and a Chinese palace reception hall.

  • Saturday, January 10, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, January 25, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
Tours meet in West Entrance (Lenfest Hall)

Tour the exhibition that highlights selections from the Museum’s exceptional holdings of African American art.

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, January 16, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, February 27, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Now offered on the third Wednesday of each month, this members-only tour provides an overview of some of the Museum’s most renowned treasures in a variety of media.

Helmets, Masks, and Headdresses
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tour meets in Lenfest Hall (West Lobby)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Circle Level and above ($500). Reservations required.

The Mummers parade traces back to mid-17th-century roots, blending elements from several European heritages. Discover the connections between one of Philadelphia’s favorite pastimes and the Museum’s collection from Dirk H. Breiding, The J.J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor.

Members Preview - Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection
Saturday, January 31, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Special Exhibitions Gallery, Perelman Building
Membership Required
Free for Members
Member guests free after General Admission

Experience the exhibition before it opens to the public during our private Members’ Preview. During this time, members have exclusive access to the exhibition galleries for a free first look of Fraktur. Advance reservations are not required.

Members Tour - Love is in the Air
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Valentine’s Day reminds us of Cupid, the winged immortal whose legendary arrow sparks love in all it strikes. This tour looks at Cupid as well as love and marriage in both historic and mythological contexts.

  • Sunday, February 8, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 15, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Starts at 6:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Ceramics
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

What has been more influential than the invention of the wheel? Well, how about the potter’s wheel? Join us, as we tour the history of ceramics.

  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, February 20, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Young Friends Events & Programs

Through a broad range of special events and educational activities organized around the Museum’s world-famous collections, the Young Friends provide a forum for increased appreciation of the arts.
Young Professionals Across Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Location: East Balcony
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free Young Friends Event; $5 for non-members

Looking to meet young professionals groups in Philadelphia committed to arts, culture, philanthropy and service? Join the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and United Way’s Project NEXT for this networking event designed to connect those dedicated to making a difference in our city. Program includes Museum admission and a cash bar on the East Balcony during Art After 5. To follow the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #YPacrossPhilly.

Young Friends Winter Gala: Ink, Gold and Grandeur
Saturday, February 21, 2015
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall

The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art invite you to a black tie affair in honor of Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano. This magnificent exhibition is the first outside of Japan to explore the nearly 500-year sphere of influence established by the Kano lineage of painters, the longest lived and most influential school of painting in Japanese history.

Event proceeds benefit the Young Friends' mission of support for art acquisitions, education, conservation, and special projects within the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

VIP guests - Arrive at 7:00 p.m. for a champagne reception and overview by the exhibition curator followed by cocktails, light fare, dancing, and dessert. Also includes a gift bag and access to the VIP lounge.
$275 per person
$225 per Young Friends member
$250 per person (for groups of four or more people)

Gala guests - Arrive at 8:00 p.m. for entrance to the exhibition, cocktails, light fare, dancing, and dessert.
$175 per person
$125 per Young Friends member
$150 per person (for groups of four or more people)

All standard Gala tickets purchased the day of the event are $200 per person. Young Friends member and VIP ticket prices do not increase.

We invite you to become an integral part of the preservation and enhancement of one of the nation’s greatest museums by lending your support as an Individual Sponsor of the Young Friends fundraiser. Learn More >>

Associates and Chairman’s Council

Through unique and diverse events and exclusive access to Museum experts, Associates and Chairman's Council members witness firsthand how their support positively impacts the art, the people, and the programs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Live Cinema / Allora and Calzadilla: Intervals Tour and Conversation
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Erica Battle, The John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, will walk us through the first major solo exhibition of the work of collaborative duo Allora and Calzadilla. Hear what it’s like to work with the artists and explore this multifaceted exhibition featuring recent works of video, sound, performance, and visual art, many never before shown in the United States.

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano Opening Celebration
Thursday, February 12, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Celebrate the opening of this exhibition dedicated to the remarkable artistry of the honored Japanese Kano painters, organized by Felice Fischer, The Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art and Senior Curator of East Asian Art. Be dazzled by the over 120 opulent, large-scale works, many on view in the United States for the first time, illustrating the five-hundred-year legacy of Japan’s most significant school of painting. This event is invitation only.

African American Art from the Collections: A History
Friday, March 6, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Patron, Associate, and Chairman’s Council Membership required

In conjunction with the exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, hear from John Vick, organizing curator, about the long history of this important area of the Museum’s collection. The exhibition and catalogue of the Museum’s African American collections— featuring work by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Martin Puryear, and Faith Ringgold, among many others — highlight these rich, diverse holdings.

Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano Private Viewing
Friday, March 13, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Join us for breakfast and exclusive private tours of Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano.

Lunch and Learn: Changing Hues: Conservation and Research of Chiaroscuro Woodblock Prints
Monday, April 13, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Learn about a lesser-known aspect of old master printmaking with Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, and Nancy Ash, The Charles K. Williams, II, Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper. Hear about their research on sixteenth-century Italian chiaroscuro woodcuts made using one of the earliest color printing techniques, focusing on works from the Museum’s renowned Berman Collection of European Prints, and how they worked with colleagues to advance the study of these prints.

A Luohan Revealed
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associate Sponsor & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Spend the evening with Hiromi Kinoshita, The Hannah L. and J. Welles Henderson Associate Curator of Chinese Art, Sally Malenka, The John and Chara Haas Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, and Beth Price, Senior Scientist, for an in-depth look at a singular treasure from the Museum’s East Asian Art collection: a recently acquired Ming dynasty Luohan (disciple of the Buddha). Join us to learn about the cultural importance of this work, its history with Philadelphia, the craftsmen’s materials and techniques, and the process of conserving this painted wood sculpture through a visit to Objects Conservation and Scientific Research Laboratories.

Annual Luncheon with the Director and Chair
Monday, May 18, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associate Sponsor & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Join Constance H. Williams, Board Chair, and Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, for this annual luncheon as we raise a glass in celebration of the generous investment and participation of the Museum’s family of Associate Sponsors and Chairman’s Council members.

Year-End Celebration and Conversation with Museum Leadership
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Join us for an intimate conversation with the executive leadership, curators, conservators, and educators who bring the Museum to life, all while we raise a glass to you in celebration of another exciting and successful year with The Associates and Chairman’s Council.

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