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College programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are designed to appeal to a diverse audience of students, from groups of friends on a weekend visit to specific classes on organized academic tours.

Museum Studies Internship Program

The Museum Studies Internship Program is an unpaid volunteer internship opportunity that exposes interns to the inner workings of a major metropolitan museum, promoting an awareness of careers in the field through experiences not available in most academic settings. The Museum selects a diverse group of talented undergraduate and graduate students from a highly competitive, international pool of candidates.

College Tours

The Museum encourages college group tours of the galleries. Self-guided tours are an easy way to transfer an established classroom dynamic to a new and exciting learning environment. Knowledgeable Museum staff members are also available for guided tours that can address a wide range of curricular topics.

Please book in advance. Prearranging your tour will expedite the admissions process. For reservations, please call 215-684-7580.

  • Museum Staff-Led Tours are offered Tuesdays through Fridays, 12:00–4:00 p.m. There is a $75 lecture fee plus $10 admission per student with valid ID. These tours must be booked at least one month in advance and are subject to staff availability.
  • Self-Guided Tours are offered Tuesdays through Sundays, 12:00–4:00 p.m. There is a $10 admission fee per student with valid ID. These tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance.


Join over 2,000 national and international students for a day of exhibitions, special programs, and tours at some of the city’s most exciting cultural centers.


Explore themes in selected works of art through papers and texts as presented by leading art historians and conservators.

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Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall, near the entrance to the Modern and Contemporary Art galleries

A different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations facilitated by Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Talk and Reception with Fashion Designer Manish Malhotra
Friday, April 28, 2017
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Duane Morris LLP, Morris Café, lobby level, 30 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

This event has been canceled due to illness. We hope to reschedule at a later date.

Malhotra’s garments as well as a video of his phulkari runway collection are currently on view in the exhibition Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection. The designer is also featured in a video on our website.

Manish Malhotra is known for his intricate craftsmanship and glamorous designs, which are a favorite among celebrities. His catwalk shows at Fashion Week are regularly featured in Vogue India and other magazines. Entirely self-taught, he first made his mark as a costume designer for film in the 1990s before launching his eponymous label in 2005.

Collab Spring Trip: An Insider's Look at Knoll
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Paid reservations required
Collab members and guests: $65 per person. Transportation, snacks, and lunch will be provided.

Knoll is a constellation of design-driven brands and people, working together with their clients to create inspired modern interiors. Join fellow Collab members on the floor of the factory that has furnished the most important commercial interiors of the last half-century. Follow the furniture production line, watch chairs subjected to stress testing, and peruse the hundreds of textiles used for upholsteries. Following the tour, enjoy a picnic lunch on Knoll grounds.

8:30 a.m. Bus departs from Museum's West Entrance
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Plant tour, presentation, lunch
4:00 p.m. Return to Museum

RSVP by April 26 to 215-684-7768 or
Space is limited. Complimentary parking will be available in the Museum garage.

Watercolor Salons
Location: Dorrance Program Room
Paid tickets required
$25 (Free for members); includes Museum and Special Exhibition admission
Call 215-235-7469 to reserve tickets

Lively conversations about American Watercolor and related topics.

Members join a private morning tour to complement these conversations.
  • Philadelphia Illustrators
    • Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
      Author and illustrator Jerry Pinkney and exhibition assistant in American Art Laura Fravel highlight Philadelphia’s role in illustration. Funded by the Center for American Art.

A Green and Historic Place
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Pleasant
Paid tickets required
$20 ($15 for members)

​Art historian Elizabeth Milroy shares surprising stories of Mount Pleasant and other sites in Fairmount Park over the past 250 years. Reception and book signing to follow.

Architecture and Antiques
Sunday, May 21, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meeit in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 for members)

Spend an afternoon surrounded by stylish objects and fashionable design from our country’s early days at Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion, and Woodford.


For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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