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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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Members Tour - Women in Art
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Members

From models to artists, mistresses to muses, women have always played an essential role in the creation of art. Join us, as we explore their many contributions to both art and culture.

  • Sunday, May 8, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 12, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 28, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - Every Object Tells a Story
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

From a nude painting discovered by the Monuments Men to how we got an entire Ming dynasty reception hall into the Museum, you will hear it all on this tour inspired by the most entertaining stories, anecdotes and legends associated with our collection.

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - Crowning the Parkway: The Architecture of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

Learn about the history, architecture, and exterior sculpture that make the Museum a Philadelphia icon. Moderate walking involved. Weather permitting.

  • Friday, May 13, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 19, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 22, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, May 27, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Preview: Creative Africa
Friday, May 13, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Membership Required
Free for Members

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 Creative Africa. Advance reservations are not required.

Art In Focus: Introduction to Collecting
Sunday, May 15, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Project Room

Listen to an insightful dialogue between specialists and curators to discover strategies for building a collection designed for you. Learn how to start collecting, and what to think about when viewing and purchasing art for personal and professional interests. The panel will be moderated by Amanda Sroka, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and feature invited guests Rachel Zimmerman, Executive Director of InLiquid, Vera Alemani, Gallery Director of Greene Naftali Gallery, and Leila A. Amineddoleh, a professor of Art & Cultural Heritage Law and partner at Galluzzo & Amineddoleh.

Members Bus Trip: Whitney Museum
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
8:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bus departs from West Entrance
SOLD OUT

Tour the Whitney Museum of American Art’s newly constructed building guided by specialized Teaching Fellows. You are invited to explore the breadth and depth of a collection that has helped define American art since the beginning of the twentieth century. The day includes lunch in the surrounding Meat Packing district.

$150 per member; $160 per member guest, includes transportation, guided tour, a prix fixe lunch and all gratuities. On sale to Museum Circle members March 11 and all members March 21.

Members Tour - Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

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.

Members Tour - Christian Art
Tours meet in West Entrance (Lenfest Hall)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

Devoted to images inspired by the Christian faith, this tour features works by many of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, such as van Eyck, Botticelli and Bellini.

  • Friday, May 20, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 26, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 31, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Member Open House: Creative Africa
Thursday, July 14, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Perelman Skylit Atrium
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members Free; Member Guests $10

Enjoy a members-only evening exploring the galleries in a new way. Celebrate the traditional and contemporary art of the diverse African continent during this after-hours member event. The night will feature first-hand stories and conversations with curators about the connected but distinct shows that make up Creative Africa. A night where everyone can be a kid, with fun opportunities for adults and families alike to explore the creative play of Art Splash. Lite bites and refreshments will be available for purchase and complimentary transportation between the main Museum building and the Perelman Building will be available.

New Member Meet & Greet
Saturday, July 16, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members free. Space is limited.

As a member, you’re privy to a lot of insider info. Get the scoop at this free event and learn how to make the most of your membership this year. Join us in the galleries to discover a few secrets of the collection because in the end it’s all about the art. Afterwards, meet fellow insiders and get to know Museum staff while enjoying complimentary snacks.

Exclusive Look: New in the Galleries
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Sustainer members and above ($500+)
Space is limited

The British period rooms (galleries 277, 278, 279, and 280) are among the Museum’s most prized spaces and offer visitors a ‘walk though time’. Filled with architectural elements from English country houses, they showcase the extraordinary talent of British craftsmen and artists from 1720 to 1830. Join us to learn more about the recent reinstallation of gallery 279 and how it explores English country house life and the furnishings and objects used for eating, drinking, and entertaining in these rooms.

Rodin Ice Cream Social
Sunday, August 21, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members free; Member guests $10

It’s sweet to be a new member and this Ice Cream Social is just one reason. Mingle with Museum staff and other new members in the tranquil Hamilton Gardens while enjoying complimentary ice cream. Then experience the work of celebrated French sculptor Auguste Rodin in the galleries.

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.
Curated Cocktails
Friday, May 6, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Young Friends $40, Guests $50

Connect art and beer through fascinating stories, up-close discovery, and a curated tasting. The evening will pair the art of Medieval and Renaissance beer steins as told by Jack Hinton, Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, and Jennifer Zwilling, Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio, with a craft beer tasting featuring Chimay designed by Home Brewed Events. Includes light bites.

Annual Young Friends Day in the Park
Saturday, May 21, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Sculpture Garden
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends; $8 for Young Friends guests

Welcome summer with the Young Friends! Join us for a private tour of the Sculpture Garden and bring your own picnic to enjoy on the grounds.

Behind the Conservation of Nauman's Neon
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Gallery 170

Celebrate the conservation of Bruce Nauman's neon work "The True Artist..."which was completed with funds from a Young Friends grant in 2015. Gain behind the scenes insight into how curators and conservators worked together to restore this iconic work from our collection.

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.
Annual Luncheon with the Director and Chair
Monday, May 23, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate Sponsor members and above ($5,000+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Join Constance H. Williams, Board Chair, and Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, to toast the year's accomplishments and enjoy a sneak peek at exciting future plans.

Third Place: The Philadelphia Museum of Art as a Civic Space
Thursday, June 9, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate members and above ($2,500+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

As the city's institutions prepare for the Parkway Centennial in 2017, join Gail Harrity, President and Chief Operating Officer along with other staff and special guests, to take a look at the past, present, and future of the Museum's immense footprint in the city of Philadelphia. Learn about our extensive grounds, ranging from the main building to the Park Houses to the Rodin and Sculpture gardens, and our changing relationship with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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