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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 27, 2014 >>

CollegeFest 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014
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 CollegeFest on Saturday, September 27th, 2014. Now in its 28th year, 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.

Students visiting the Museum during CollegeFest 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 Perelman building to see the exhibition Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love.

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

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


Symposia

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

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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.

Represent: Artists Roundtable
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Leading scholar Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw hosts an engaging and thought-provoking conversation with contemporary artists included in the exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art.

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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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