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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.


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.


Symposia

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

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Community Conversations
Location: Gallery 122
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Open discussions about socially relevant topics.

  • War and Displacement
    • Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Consider the effects of conflict, using Goya's series of prints, Disasters of War, as a starting point.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
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.

  • Ceremonial Teahouse: Sunkaraku (Evanescent Joys), c. 1917, Designed by Ōgi Rodō
    • Thursday, July 6, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, July 7, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, July 8, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Mrs. Peale Lamenting the Death of Her Child (Rachel Weeping), 1772, enlarged 1776; retouched 1818, by Charles Willson Peale
    • Thursday, August 3, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, August 4, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, August 5, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Tapestry showing the Triumph of Constantine over Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, 1623–25, figural composition designed by Peter Paul Rubens
    • Thursday, September 7, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, September 8, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, September 9, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Revolution!
Sunday, July 16, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members)

Learn the stories behind how families chose their side during the tumultuous times of our country's founding on this trip to Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, and Woodford.

Trolley departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ticket includes trolley transportation, admission to houses visited, and parking validation for the Museum garage at regular visitor rates. Does not include admission to Art Museum. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of program start time to check in.​

A Glorious Enterprise
Sunday, August 20, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members) Admission not included

Celebrate summer with a tour through Fairmount Park, with stops to look at buildings, vistas, and sculptures. A visit to Lemon Hill concludes the afternoon.

Jane Goodall
Saturday, September 16, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Paid tickets required
Prices include Museum admission. Reserved seating: $75 ($60 for members). Reserved seating on Great Stair Hall steps: $40 ($32 for members). Standing room only: Free with admission

Join the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees as she reflects on her work advocating for animal welfare and conservation. This program has been made possible by Leslie Miller and Richard Worley.

Stories of the Workers
Sunday, October 15, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meets in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members) No admission included

Explore the lives of both free and enslaved people who toiled at Mount Pleasant, Cedar Grove, and Strawberry Mansion.

Trolley departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ticket includes trolley transportation, admission to houses visited, and parking validation for the Museum garage at regular visitor rates. Does not include admission to Art Museum. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of program start time to check in.

A Curator’s Perspective on Johnson
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Dorrance Galleries

Discover the man behind the collection with Jennifer Thompson (The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture & Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection).

Creation Made Visible
Location: Dorrance Galleries

​Examine the painter’s process through imaging technology with Mark Tucker, Neubauer Family Director of Conservation.

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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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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