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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.


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.


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

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The Roz Perry Memorial Lecture - Franklin's Connections: Japan and Philadelphia in the Nineteenth Century
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Free tickets required

With Adelaide Ferguson, Global Education Consultant
Celebrate the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival with Adelaide Ferguson, contributing editor to Phila-Nipponica: An Historic Guide to Philadelphia and Japan. Ferguson will discuss the key role played by Philadelphia Quakers in opening diplomatic relations with Japan; the lives of famous Japanese who lived in Philadelphia; and Robert Walker Irwin, a descendent of Benjamin Franklin who became the first American to legally marry a Japanese woman.

Structural Adjustment: Mapping, Geography, and the Visual Cultures of Blackness
Friday, April 10, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Free tickets required

With Steven Nelson, Associate Professor of African and African American Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
The visual practices of artists Mark Bradford, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Houston Conwill, Moshekwa Langa, and Julie Mehretu—who use mapping and geography in their works—are explored. Nelson discusses how these artists reshape our understanding of African ancestry, notions of diaspora, and urban spaces.

This is the keynote lecture of the 20th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art.

The 20th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art
Saturday, April 11, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Free tickets required

Graduate students from nine mid-Atlantic colleges and universities present current research. This symposium is sponsored by the Museum, Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Conservation Treatment of The Gates of Hell
Paid tickets required
Location: Michener Art Museum Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion
For single lecture tickets only: $25 member/$30 non-member/$15 student with valid ID, includes admission to Rodin exhibition

By Katherine Cuffari, Associate Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia houses one of the most extensive public collections of works by Rodin. Conservators at the Philadelphia Museum of Art recently completed conservation treatment of Rodin’s monumental bronze The Gates of Hell, exhibited in the front portico of the Rodin Museum since its opening in 1929. This lecture illustrates the treatment decisions and processes carried out on-site by a team of conservators to preserve this masterpiece.
  • Location: Michener Art Museum
    • Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

An Italian Maestro: Lino Taliapietra in Conversation
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Free tickets required

Lino Tagliapietra in conversation with Elisabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts
In the late 1970s, noted Italian glass artist Lino Tagliapietra introduced American glass artists to new levels of technical virtuosity as well as the traditional glassmaking techniques of his native Murano. With Elisabeth Agro, Tagliapietra explains how his admiration for the independent spirit and audacity of American studio glass artists changed the dynamic of his own work.

The lecture is being held in conjunction with Tradition Reinvented: Italian and American Glass from the Collection of Geraldine Dattilo Jawer and Edward Jawer in gallery 268.

Art and Design in the Postdigital World
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt auditorium
Free tickets required

With Ron Labaco, Marcia Docter Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, and Doug Bucci, Designer and Educator
Ron Labaco, museum curator, will discuss the role that digital fabrication has played in art, design, and architecture since 2005. Doug Bucci, designer and educator, will explain how the digital process allows for creative freedom unfound in traditional hand-made practices.

This lecture is hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

The Rose Susan Hirschhorn Behrend Lecture: The Afterlife of Piet Mondrian
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Free tickets required

With Nancy Troy, Victoria and Roger Sant Professor in Art and Department Chair, Stanford University
Author Nancy Troy discusses her new book on Piet Mondrian, exploring how the post-war circulation, publication and appropriation of the artist’s paintings allowed them to take on new meanings in the 1960s. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Paul Durand-Ruel, Friend and Art Dealer of the Impressionists
Sunday, June 21, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

With Paul-Louis Durand-Ruel, the great-grandson, and Flavie Durand-Ruel, the great-great-granddaughter of Paul Durand-Ruel. Discover the story of Paul Durand-Ruel, from his early career as an art dealer to his association with the Impressionists, and his long struggle to gain recognition for these artists.


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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