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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.


CollegeFest

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 CollegeFest is Saturday, September 12, 2015 >>

Campus Philly CollegeFest
Saturday, September 10, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Free admission with student ID

CollegeFest 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.


Symposia

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

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8th Annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium

What if a museum collection was treated like a musical or choreographic score—existing both as a historical document and as the material for an interpretive performance that could be played at any moment? Join us for this thought experiment at the eighth annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: Museum as Score. We’ll discuss how the perception of the museum as a static archive is upended in today’s cultural context in which durational, event-based, and experimental artworks, exhibitions, projects, and programs are on the rise.

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  • Saturday, September 10, 2016, Starts at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 11, 2016, Starts at 10:00 a.m.

Community Conversations: Creative Africa
Location: Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (Free for Members), includes Museum Admission

From identity to aesthetics, join thoughtful conversations about various topics raised in the Creative Africa exhibitions.

  • Saturday, September 17, 2016, Starts at 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 1, 2016, Starts at 2:30 p.m.

Nora Chipaumire & Tukufu Zuberi
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Skylit Atrium
Paid tickets required
$5 (free for members); includes Museum admission

​Chipaumire and sociologist and filmmaker Tukufu Zuberi discuss new perspectives on African art and traditional perceptions of Black cultural production. Moderated by Monique Scott (Bryn Mawr College). Reception to follow.

This is a Dina Wind Power of Art program, sponsored by the Wind Foundation. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is supported by an Advancement grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

The Eda G. Diskant Lecture - Charles Le Brun and the Louvre
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$20 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Art historian Wolf Burchard explores Le Brun's role in the completion and adornment of the Louvre's Grand Gallery. Reception to follow.

Support for this program is provided by the Robert and Eda G. Diskant Endowment Fund.

Annual Library Lecture: Why the Book Still Matters
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

In the digital age, why do we need physical books at all? When digital surrogates can be delivered to our laptops with a single click, do we even need libraries? In this thought-provoking lecture, noted book historian and digital humanities leader Michael F. Suarez, Director of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, considers the importance of books as objects and the future of the library in the twenty-first century.

At 5 p.m., there is a public reception at the Museum's Granite Hill Restaurant.

Healing in Historic Gardens
Location: Cedar Grove
Free

Learn about early American food and medicine practices from re-enactors, chefs, and demonstrators.

  • Sunday, October 2, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Every week 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.

  • Thursday, October 6, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 7, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 8, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 13, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 14, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 21, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 28, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 4, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 10, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 11, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 18, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$20 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • The Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend Lecture: Joseph Kosuth
    • Friday, October 7, 2016, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      Joseph Kosuth in conversation with Francis Naumann (curator and art dealer).
  • Ranjani Shettar
    • Friday, October 14, 2016, Starts at 7:30 p.m.
      ​Inspired by nature and her life in India, Shettar uses an incredible range of materials to create enchanting sculptural installations.

      Support for this program is provided by The Pamela and Ajay Raju Foundation.
  • Art As Activism
    • Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      Independent curator Pedro Alonzo moderates a panel on activism in the work of street artists and printmakers.

      In collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
  • José Parlá
    • Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      ​In a conversation with Jane Golden, founder of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Parlá discusses what draws him to mural painting.

      In collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Stephen Burks Man Made
Friday, October 14, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Reservations required
Free after admission

Collab and the Center for Architecture and Design, as part of DesignPhiladelphia, invite you to meet National Design Award recipient Stephen Burks for an illustrated presentation of his work at the Museum, followed by a Collab members-only reception.

Collab members RSVP to Development at 215-684-7750.

The Irma and Herbert Barness Lecture: If Venice Dies
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$20 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Venice's increasingly imperiled fate has become emblematic of the future of historic cities everywhere as it capitulates to tourists and those who profit from them. Art historian Salvatore Settis argues that "hit and run" tourists are turning landmark urban setting into malls and theme parks and warns that Western civilization's prime achievements face ruin from mass tourism and global cultural homogenization.

Trolley Tour - Art on the Wall
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$66 ($54 members; free for Patron members and up) Includes museum admission

Immerse yourself in themes of revolution, place, and identity. Enjoy a curator-led tour of the exhibition Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950 followed by a dynamic trolley tour of Mexican- and Latino-inspired murals with artist Michelle Angela Ortiz and a Mural Arts tour guide.

Offered in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Latrobe and Philadelphia: The Waln House and Furniture Revealed and Reconsidered
Friday, November 4, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$80 ($65 members); price includes Museum admission and lunch

Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe assembled a team of artisans in 1808 to execute his designs for the house and furniture of Philadelphia merchant William Waln and his wife Mary. The result was one of Chestnut Street's most conspicuous landmarks: a large house on a prominent corner lot with two small pavilions in front. Inside, drawing rooms painted in "flat Etruscan color, giving only outline on a rich ground" and a set of sumptuously painted and gilded furniture. Join an exciting roster of speakers who will share new scholarship and insights on Latrobe's design for the Walns' house and furniture, outlining its profound impact American on classical architecture and furniture.

A limited number of scholarships are available to select students. To apply students should write a 250-word narrative describing how attendance at the symposium will benefit their studies and send their name, university affiliation, program and graduation year, mailing address, phone and email contact to .

Support for this symposium has been provided by the Center for American Art of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Decorative Arts Trust.

Design Excellence: New Generation
Friday, November 18, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
Lecture & Reception (public/member adult): $150; Lecture & Reception (Collab member - 2 tickets per): $120; Lecture ONLY (general): $25; Lecture ONLY (member): $20; Lecture ONLY (student w/ ID): $10; 10 for 8: $1200

​Join fellow Collab members in honoring three of today's most innovative international designers under forty - Oki Sato of Tokyo, Faye Toogood of London, and Zanini de Zanine of Rio de Janeiro. This new program focuses on emerging trends that this next generation of dynamic leaders of contemporary design brings to the field. Ticket purchase required for lecture and gala; discount for Collab members.

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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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