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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 Tours can be reserved by calling the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Exhibition Tour: Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Get a behind-the-scenes look at a living, breathing collection and experience first-hand how our understanding and appreciation of these works have evolved over the years.

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Sunday, November 26, 2017, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

Tour: South Asian Art
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Experience the transformation of our renowned South Asian galleries. Highlights include a stone temple hall from southern India, ornate Buddhist works from Tibet and Nepal, colorful textiles, and lively temple sculpture.​

  • Saturday, November 25, 2017, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Tour: A Walk through Time
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
SOLD OUT

Where else can you visit a medieval cloister, an Indian temple hall, English and French country estates, and a Japanese teahouse in an hour? Join us as we take a walk through time.

Member Appreciation Days
Membership Required
Free for Members

Thank you for being a part of our Museum family. To show our gratitude, we invite you to visit the Museum from November 30 through December 3 to take advantage of exclusive opportunities and offers designed just for you

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Art in Focus: New in the Galleries
Thursday, November 30, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Gallery 119
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Sponsors ($500) and above. Space is limited; reservations required.

Join Elisabeth Agro, Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts, for a tour of At the Center: Masters of American Craft. This installation focuses on people who have shaped the field of American modern and contemporary craft.

A Conversation with the Director
Sunday, December 3, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Members free. Space is limited; reservations are required.​​​

Be part of an insightful exchange with Timothy Rub, our George D. Widener Director and CEO. He'll answer questions submitted by members. Hear about upcoming exhibitions, the expansion and renovation of our main building, and the overall vision for the future of the Museum.

Tour: A Christmas Story
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).

Celebrate the story of Christmas as told through art.

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 10:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 21, 2017, 10:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.

Tour: Every Object Tells a Story
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).

Learn all about the most entertaining stories, anecdotes, and legends connected to our collection.

  • Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Tour: Dining through the Ages
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).

Come and whet your appetite for all things food and art. Menu includes Renaissance feasts, seventeenth-century Dutch breakfast pieces, and other visual treats.

  • Friday, December 8, 2017, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Friday, December 22, 2017, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Member Shopping Event at Neiman Marcus
Saturday, December 9, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Neiman Marcus, 170 N. Gulph Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

A morning of holiday shopping hosted by the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Neiman Marcus Love to Give Collection features more than 50 fabulous treasures, perfectly priced for giving. 10% of your purchase from the Neiman Marcus Love to Give Holiday Shop benefits the Museum’s educational efforts.

Exclusive Look: Trolley Tour—A Festive Tradition
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer) 15 minutes prior to trolley departure time.
Membership Required
Reservations required
Circle Level members are invited to reserve two complimentary tickets for this festive program. Free for Sustainer and above ($500+). Call Member Services at 215-684-7840.​

Tour three Fairmount Park historic homes and delight in unique yuletide decorations.

Space is limited.
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Members-Only Inside Look: Old Masters Now
Dorrance Galleries
Membership Required
Paid tickets required
Members $30; Patron members ($1,500) and above receive two complimentary tickets

An opportunity for members to experience the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection without the crowds

  • Sketching Outdoors with Constable, Courbet, and Monet
    • Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
      Consider the logistics and challenges of painting outside with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection.​
  • Bosch/Not Bosch
    • Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
      ​Delve into the question of who made a painting and how do we know with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives; and Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation.
  • Unveiling Titian
    • Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
      Join Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings, for a conversation about the recently restored Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto.

Tour: Introduction to the Collection
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Get an overview of some of the Museum’s most renowned treasures.

Tour: How to Un-Confuse Confusing Art
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Lobby).

​Ever look at art and scratch your head? Join us for a lively, interactive tour that explores how to look at art in a new way. By understanding symbols, stories, and metaphors commonly used by artists, you’ll be able to understand art as you never have. Space is limited.

  • Thursday, January 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Members’ Book Club: Old Masters, New World
Library, Perelman Building

Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures by Cynthia Saltzman
Get a backstage look at the cutthroat competition, intrigue, and financial maneuvering of collectors during the Gilded Age. This program includes coffee and a discussion led by our library staff.

To receive notices about upcoming book club programs, email memberservices@philamuseum.org.​

​Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Exclusive Look: Building the City Beautiful
Saturday, February 24, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Sustainer and above ($500+)
Space is limited; reservations required.

Historian David Brownlee discusses the newest edition of his book Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum of Art . Hear his latest discoveries about the Parkway, including the appearance of the area before demolition and architect Julian Abele’s role in the design of the Museum and the Free Library.

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.
Holiday Meet Up: Ugly Sweater Party
Friday, December 1, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Young Friends Program
Free for Young Friends

Spiked hot chocolate, anyone? Grab your favorite ugly holiday sweater and have a drink with us.

Young Professionals Across Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends; public $5. Includes Museum admission

A networking happy hour to connect with other young professionals committed to making a difference in our city.

Look Behind the Camera
Friday, February 23, 2018
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends; $5 for guests

​​Enjoy a tour of our photography studio and learn about efforts to advance the future of imaging through cutting-edge technology.

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.
Holiday Breakfast Boutique
Saturday, December 2, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Museum Store & Museum Café
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Complimentary for Associates and above

Make a dent in your to-do list with early-bird access to the Museum Store. Grab a cuppa in the Café, and sample some of our festive programming in the galleries.

Nailed It: Behind the Scenes with Furniture Conservation
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associate Sponsor level members and above

​Hear from our conservators about what goes into the study, preservation, and restoration of objects in our woodwork and furniture collection. Also discover the use and origin of some of their favorite objects.​

Lunch and Learn: The Art of East Asia
Monday, March 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level members and above

Hear from curators of East Asian art about the transformative reinstallation of these galleries. Also learn about their favorite works and new discoveries as they prepare for an upcoming exhibition. You’ll leave with a fresh understanding of one of our most beloved collections.​​

Opening Celebration of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Thursday, April 12, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level sponsor and above

Join fellow leadership donors and Museum curators as we celebrate the opening of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950.

Breakfast Tour of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Friday, May 4, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Great Stair Hall
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level sponsor and above

​​Join us for a morning of modernism. Enjoy guided tours of the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 accompanied by breakfast in the Great Stair Hall.​

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