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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 $12 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 $12 admission fee per student with valid ID. These tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

College Day

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.

This year's College Day is Saturday, September 28, 2013 >>

College Day on the Parkway

Saturday, September 28 2013
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free admission for college students with valid ID

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be participating in the annual College Day on Saturday, September 28th, 2013. Now in its 27th year, College Day is a daylong festival that offers college students (with valid college ID) free general admission to cultural institutions throughout the city, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Students visiting the Museum on College Day can stroll through more than 200 galleries and take in the Museum’s extraordinary permanent collection including masterpieces by Monet and Cézanne to Brancusi and Duchamp. Stop by the Honickman and Berman Galleries to see the exhibition The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints and check out Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles in Alter Gallery 176.

At the Rodin Museum, students can download an interactive app and enjoy the restored, renovated and reinterpreted gardens and Museum.

For those interested in visiting the Museum year round, discounted memberships are available for full-time students.

More information on Campus Philly’s College Day>>


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

View Symposia >>

Artist Conversation - Patrick Kelly's Circle
Sunday, September 28, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$25 ($20 members; $10 students with valid ID)

Join supermodel Pat Cleveland, writer Michael Gross, fashion journalist Carol Mongo, and Bjorn Amelan, who was Patrick Kelly’s life partner, in a conversation about the designer’s fashion designs and career.

Annual Library Lecture: Ariadne's Thread: Researching the History of Art Collecting
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Located in the Van Pelt Auditorium

Art collecting requires the consideration of a vast array of archival, bibliographic, and photographic materials to evaluate the various contexts -- cultural, socioeconomic, and political -- in which art has been bought and sold, coveted or denounced. In this illustrated lecture, Inge Reist will guide us through the maze of information that researchers face when they study the formation of great art collections.

designPOP Book Launch Party
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

With Lisa S. Roberts, Museum Trustee and member of Collab
Lisa Roberts, Museum Trustee and member of Collab: The Group for Modern and Contemporary Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, presents her new book designPOP, featuring game-changing international products designed since the year 2000. Following the presentation enjoy an episode from her TV series, My Design Life, and a book signing.

Whorled Explorations: Artist's Talk with Jitish Kallat
Sunday, October 19, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Jitish Kallat (born 1974) is one of India's foremost artists. His multifaceted practice confronts time and place through the language of popular culture. Kallat will discuss his art and how it informs his vision as Artistic Director and Curator of the upcoming Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014, India's newly-instituted, large-scale international contemporary art exhibition. This lecture on South Asian contemporary art is generously supported by Ajay Raju.

Art Insight - Richard Pousette-Dart: In Context
Sunday, November 2, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Meet in Lenfest Hall

Join Anne Cross, Luce Fellow in American Prints, as she offers an in-depth look into Richard Pousette-Dart's works on paper. The discussion will focus on Pousette-Dart's role in the emerging Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1940s and compare his work to that of contemporaries such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

Sixth Annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium

The 2014 Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium is made possible with support from Charles K. Williams II, Gr ’78, HON ’97 and the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The symposium is organized by the History of Art Department of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in honor of the late director of the museum.

  • Public Keynote Lecture: Expanding into Motion: Photography and Cinema of Paul Strand
    • Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      With Tom Gunning, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Art History, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and the College, University of Chicago
      Tom Gunning’s lecture on Paul Strand’s photography and cinema will follow a screening of Strand’s first film, Manhatta (1921, co-directed with Charles Sheeler). A silent film, Manhatta will be accompanied by a live musical performance of the popular 1890s songs played at the film’s 1921 debut at New York’s Rialto Theatre.

  • Ways of Seeing: Rethinking Paul Strand's Modernist Vision
    • Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
      Location: Rainey Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street

      Scholars of art history, literature, and film reconsider the work of Paul Strand, offering new insights into every aspect of his long career with particular emphasis on his extended photographic projects in Mexico (1932-34); New England (1943-46); Luzara, Italy (1953); and Ghana (1963-64), as well as his avant-garde and documentary films of the 20s, 30s, and 40s. The symposium is co-organized by Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Karen Beckman, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media in the History of Art Department, University of Pennsylvania.

      Speakers include: Caroline Blinder, Goldsmiths, University of London; Rachael DeLue, Princeton University; Tsitsi Jaji, University of Pennsylvania; James Krippner, Haverford College; Anne McCauley, Princeton University; Maria Antonella Pelizzari, Hunter College; Masha Salazkina, Concordia University; and Terri Weissman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

      Moderated by: Peter Barberie, Karen Beckman, and Amanda Bock, the Museum’s Project Assistant Curator of Photographs.

The Arnold Newman Lecture: Lyle Ashton Harris
Friday, December 5, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Known for his self-portraits and use of pop culture icons (such as Billie Holiday, Michael Jackson and Zinedine Zidane), Lyle Ashton Harris creates work in photographic media, collage, installation and performance to explore intersections between the personal and the political and the impact of ethnicity, gender and desire on the contemporary social, global and cultural dynamic. He will talk about his recent work and how he challenges the viewer's perceptions and expectations by adjusting the familiar with the extraordinary. The Arnold Newman Lectures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are generously supported by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation.

The Irma and Herbert Barness Lecture: The Scandals of Schiaparelli
Sunday, December 14, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

With Meryle Secrest
Join award-winning author Meryle Secrest as she discusses her newly released biography of Elsa Schiaparelli, the first such study devoted to the grand couturier, surrealist, and embattled figure (her medium was apparel), whose extraordinary work has stood the test of time. The lecture will be followed by a book signing. The Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lectures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are generously supported by The Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Fund.


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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