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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.


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.


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

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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.

  • A Heroic Feat! With Dead Men!, Plate 39 from Disasters of War, 1810-1814, published 1863, by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
    • Thursday, June 1, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, June 2, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, June 3, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • 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.

Wild Sneak Peek: Michael Nichols
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Dorrance Galleries
By invitation only
Focus members only - $500/Member or $1,000/Benefactor

Focus offers engaging programs, conversations, and intellectual comaraderie throughout the year. Enjoy special access to private collections, artists and curators, as well as lectures, gallery talks, receptions, art fairs, and other photo world events.

In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Great Stair Hall Balcony

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • Michael Nichols
    • Sunday, June 25, 2017, Starts at 2:00 p.m.
      Photographer Michael Nichols discusses the exhibition Wild: Michael Nichols with Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center; and guest cocurator Melissa Harris.

      All prices include Museum admission. Reserved seating: $40 ($32 members). Great Stair Hall steps: $25 ($20 members). Standing room only: Free with Museum admission (day-of-event only, first come, first served)

      ​This lecture is generously supported by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation.

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.


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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