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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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Philadelphia Icons
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
SOLD OUT

What does Philly do best? No, not cheesesteaks. ART! Featuring works by famous Philly artists, and images inspired by the city’s most colorful characters, this tour is sure to bring out your inner Phanatic.

Picasso to Warhol
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
SOLD OUT

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

Scandalous
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
SOLD OUT

Of course art is beautiful and uplifting, but it can also be downright scandalous. So join us, as we reveal the controversies inherent in each brushstroke, nude, and artistic impulse.

If These Walls Could Talk: The History of Your Museum
Sunday, September 11, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Project Room
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members Free. Member guests $10.

Independent art historian Elizabeth A. Anderson gives members the hidden stories behind the Museum’s rich holdings, from our Centennial Exhibition origins to our transition into the new millennium.

Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, September 21, 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.

Art In Focus: Contemporary Craft Road Show
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Project Room
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Sponsors Sponsor Members and above ($1,000)

Explore the wonder, beauty and spirit of this field with a presentation on Contemporary Craft. Representatives of the Craft Show will discuss its American evolution, the diversity of mediums, and the “how to” of integrating contemporary craft into your home. This show-and-tell presentation includes colorful images, objects, and information and insightful stories about various artists. ​​

Coffee and Conversation: Classic Splendor
Friday, October 7, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Honickman/Berman Galleries
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Sustainers and above ($500)

Discover the sleek, classical furniture that profoundly impacted American design. Hear exhibition curator Alexandra Kirtley and conservator Peggy Olley discuss how they combined their expertise to reclaim architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe's vision for the furniture during a five-year conservation and research project.

Bus Trip: Washington, DC Historic Homes – Tudor Place and Dumbarton House
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bus departs from West Entrance
Membership Required
Paid tickets required

​Travel with us as we experience the Farm-to-Table movement of our nation's capital, both past and present. Enjoy a fresh, locally sourced lunch in a restored 150-year-old building on Georgetown's lively C&O Canal. Then go back to our roots to learn how an herb garden helps tell the story of life at Dumbarton House in the early American Republic and explore how Tudor Place fed an urban estate for almost 200 years. Justina Barrett, the Museum's Site Manager for Historic Houses, will join us to share connections and insight throughout the day.​

$150 per member; $160 per member guest, includes transportation, entry fees, lunch, and all gratuities. On sale to Museum Circle members August 15 and all members September 1.

Members Preview - Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism
Friday, October 21, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 23, 2016
10:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Dorrance Galleries, main building, first floor
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 Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950. ​Advance reservations are not required.

New Member Meet & Greet
Saturday, November 5, 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.

Art In Focus: New Digital Interactives
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Sponsor Members and above ($1,000)

​Immerse yourself in South Asian art and discover the diverse cultures of past and present as revealed through new digital interactives. Vivid photographs and videos bring objects to life in the newly reimagined galleries. Learn about the research and design process behind creating these interactives from the curatorial and interpretation staff that worked on this exciting endeavor.​

Curators in Conversation: Mexican Modernism
Sunday, November 13, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

​Join exhibition curators, Matthew Affron, The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, and Mark A. Castro, Project Assistant Curator, European Painting, as they answer your questions and discuss how Paint the Revolution was imagined and brought to life. Learn how the exhibition's artwork had an impact on the political climate of the U.S. and Mexico.​

Stick around afterward for a signing of the exhibition catalogue, available for purchase in the Museum store.​

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.
Fall into Art
Friday, September 16, 2016
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

It's a wrap! Help us send Creative Africa off in style while experiencing five dynamic, immersive, and vibrant exhibitions highlighting art and design from Africa. Featuring open bar, light bites, entertainment, and a silent auction—this after-hours party in the Perelman Skylit Atrium will be the perfect way to unwind, mingle, and discover art this fall.

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Young Friends Open House
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room, ground floor
Young Friends Program
Free tickets required
Free for Young Friends and public. General admission not included. Space is limited and reservations are required.​

Connect with new and familiar faces over casual conversation and complimentary cocktails. Learn about the Young Friends program, the difference it makes in the art community, and upcoming events. Free for Young Friends and public. General admission not included. Space is limited and reservations are required.​

First Friday at Vox Populi
Friday, November 4, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N 11th St #3, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Young Friends Program
Free tickets required
Free for Young Friend members

​​​​​Go behind the scenes and tour the artist collective, Vox Populi Gallery, as you interact with artists and gallery owners who have played a unique role in the cultural life of Philadelphia. ​​​

"Designing Currents" Curator & Designer Tour
Saturday, November 19, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Collab Gallery
Young Friends Program
Free tickets required
Free for Young Friend members

Join exhibition curators and designers on an exclusive tour highlighting design's next generation. Be some of the first to see how three artists under forty integrate the history of their local culture with the global scale and rapid pace of design today. Then see the Young Friend's mission at work as you get an up-close look at one of their latest acquisitions in the exhibition. ​

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.
Fall Fête: American Splendor
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Associates Members and above ($2,500+)

Kick off the fall season with fellow Associates and Chairman's Council members at this annual celebration, with the spotlight this year on our American Art team. Join our outstanding curators for a preview of upcoming exhibitions and an up-close view of the treasures in their care, and hear news of the exciting changes planned for the display of this renowed collection.

Day Trip: Artist Studio Visits in New York City
Thursday, October 13, 2016
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Associates Members and above ($2,500+), cost per person is $225

Spend a day in the Big Apple touring the studios of two internationally renowed artists. Experience their environments and gain insight into what inspired their practices.

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 Breakfast Tours
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Associates Members and above ($2,500+)

Join fellow Associates and Chairman;s Council members for a special breakfast tour of Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950. Organized by an international team of curators, this groundbreaking exhibition will share the aesthetic and political struggles that shaped modern art in Mexico.

Behind the Scenes with the Registrar
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Associates Sponsors and above ($5,000+)

Have you ever wondered how we move and manage the transport of masterworks from our Museum and others around the world? Step into the shoes of our registrars and participate in a live demonstration of how we prepare our most precious works of art before sending them around the globe.

First Look: Johnson Collection Centennial Exhibition
Friday, December 9, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Associates Members and above ($2,500+)

Celebrate the holidays with a preview of this landmark exhibition, celebrating the John G. Johnson Collection. Our expert curators and conservators will share the first details of this show and discuss the transformative gift of the legendary collection that has forever shaped the Museum's European art holdings.

Dark Ages to Duchamp: Doors in the Museum's Collection
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associates Members and Above ($2,500+)

Cross new thresholds with our curators and take a closer look at this surprising selection of works across the centuries.

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent Breakfast Tour
Thursday, March 9, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associates Members and above ($2,500+)

Learn about watercolor's rise as a major art form in the Museum's first American watercolor survey in over forty years featuring stunning masteworks from public and private collections across the country.

Behind the Scenes with the Library and Archives
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Associates Sponsors and above ($5,000+)

Learn how we collect and organize history to share our illustrious past with today’s scholars and future generations. Be the first to see our new digitization space and learn about the art information National Digital Stewardship Residency program, funded by a recent grant awarded to the Museum by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Lunch and Learn: The Museum in the Digital Age
Monday, April 3, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Associates Members and above ($2,500+)

Imagine making an ancient South Asian diety sculpture dance, or zooming into a painting so close you can see a two-haired brushstroke. Join our technology team as they share how the Museum's digital experience is being transformed through innovative tools that draw out the secrets and stories of our collection in thrilling new ways.

Curator as Detective
Thursday, June 8, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Associates Members and above ($2,500+)

Did we recently discover a hidden gem in our collection? See for yourself as we close out the year with this fascinating presentation from our pioneering staff, who are constantly exploring the Museum's holdings.

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