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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.


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: The Legacy of MLK
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

What is the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? In what ways does his dream for America still resonate?

Join us for community conversations in the galleries. Quotes from Dr. King’s most famous speeches will be paired with artwork and used as inspiration for dialogue facilitated by educators from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bryn Mawr College, and the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

​Community Conversations are open discussions about socially relevant topics. This program is a part of NewCORE’s 2018 MLK Legacy Conversations: 80/80.
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Meet in the Great Stair Hall, near gallery 151.

An artwork takes center stage during a participatory gallery conversation.

Facilitated by Museum educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania
  • Mermaid, 1896, by Edvard Munch
    • Thursday, February 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Photomural of temple from Khajuraho, with stone sculptures
    • Thursday, March 1, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Temple of the Attainment of Happiness (Shōfukuji), 1398, Japanese
    • Thursday, March 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Villa at Caprarola, 1746, by Claude-Joseph Vernet
    • Thursday, March 15, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Fruit Piece with Peaches Covered with a Handkerchief, 1819, by Raphaelle Peale
    • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • A Lady and Her Children Relieving a Cottager, 1781, by William Redmore Bigg
    • Thursday, March 29, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 30, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 31, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Vanitas, 1661, by N. L. Peschier
    • Thursday, April 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 7, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saint Francis Defeats the Antichrist, c. 1691–92, by Cristóbal de Villalpando
    • Thursday, April 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Making a Train, 1867, by Seymour Joseph Guy
    • Thursday, April 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Look Behind the Camera
Friday, February 23, 2018
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends; $5 for guests

​​Enjoy a tour of our photography studio and learn about efforts to advance the future of imaging through cutting-edge technology.

Staff Secrets
Resnick Rotunda 161
Membership Required
Free for Members

A casual drop-in discussion hosted by members of our Education staff

  • Friday, March 2, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 16, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 30, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Community Conversations: Representing Queerness
Sunday, March 4, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

How is queerness represented in popular and visual culture, both past and present? We’ll consider this question using the exhibition Keith Smith at Home as our starting point.

​Community Conversations are open discussions about socially relevant topics.

Day Trip to the Collective Design Fair, New York
Friday, March 9, 2018
Starts at 9:00 a.m.
By invitation only
Free for Techné members

​Experience creative voices from around the world at the annual Collective Design Fair.

History of Your Museum
Sunday, March 11, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Perelman Media Room, Perelman Building

Art historian Elizabeth A. Anderson shares hidden stories behind the Museum’s rich holdings, from its Centennial Exhibition origins to the twenty-first century.

Lunch and Learn: The Art of East Asia
Monday, March 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level members and above

Hear from curators of East Asian art about the transformative reinstallation of these galleries. Also learn about their favorite works and new discoveries as they prepare for an upcoming exhibition. You’ll leave with a fresh understanding of one of our most beloved collections.​​

Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Best for grown-ups with babies

Parents and caregivers with babes in tow are always welcome in our galleries, and we're making it a bit easier for you with our stroller tours. If the baby fusses don't fret---you'll be in good company.

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Trolley Tour: Hear Her Story
Sunday, March 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer) 15 minutes prior to departure.
Paid tickets required
$40; $32 members (does not include Museum admission)
Cost includes transportation and admission to Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, and Woodford.
Paid parking available in the Museum Garage

​​​Hear the compelling stories of early American women who led businesses, engaged in politics, and managed complex households at Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, and Woodford.​

Trolley departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. These historic sites are not wheelchair accessible.

Architecture of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Monday, March 26, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer), ground floor). Tours start every half hour.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Free for members and their guests

​Discover the fascinating history of our landmark building set amid Philadelphia’s urban landscape.

Hard Hat Experience
Monday, March 26, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Membership Required
Free for Members
No reservations required. First come, first served.

Members, get an exclusive look at our new Frank Gehry–designed dining area during its construction. Join us for a hard hat walk-through and explore elements of the Core Project before its completion. For location details, check in with a Visitor Services Assistant upon arrival.

Please note: The space is not fully accessible as it is an active construction zone. Flat, closed-toed shoes are required. You must be over 13 years of age to take part in this tour.

Step into Unknown India
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
By invitation only
Free for Techné members

​​​Explore a gallery dedicated to visionary collector Stella Kramrisch, and go behind the scenes in our private art storage with Darielle Mason, The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, and project collaborator Pika Ghosh.​

In the Artist’s Voice: Jean Shin
Saturday, April 7, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

This contemporary artist’s work presents everyday objects in unexpected ways to reveal profound truths about self and community. In this talk, Shin discusses her work and creative process with Joseph Gonzales, Executive Director of the Delaware Contemporary.

​Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Jean Shin: Collections

Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Most people spend about 17 seconds looking at a work of art. It’s time to hit pause. Join this global event designed to slow you down with mindful looking, thoughtful sketching, and the art of seeing.

Guided Meditation in the Galleries
10:30–11:00 a.m. & 1:30–2:00 p.m.
Slow down, find your breath, and get centered in meditation sessions with the Shambhala Meditation Center.

Spotlight Gallery Conversations
11:00 a.m.–3:45 p.m. (at the top of each hour)
Engage in slow looking and thoughtful dialogue as a different artwork takes center stage during these 45-minute gallery conversations.

For Families: Mini-Meditators
11:30 a.m.–noon & 2:00–2:30 p.m.
Chill out, look slowly, and find your center as a family in these guided meditation sessions designed just for kids and their grownups. Sessions are offered in the galleries by the Shambhala Meditation Center.

Slow Sketching in the Galleries
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Hone in on the details in this drop-in drawing program with teaching artist David Krevolin. All materials are provided.

Talk: The Art of Perception
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Ticket required: $20 (members free); includes Museum admission
Author Amy Herman presents insight into how looking closely at artworks sharpens observation, analytical, and communication skills.

Exclusive Look: Making Modern Times
Saturday, April 14, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Media Room, Perelman Building
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Sustainer and above ($500+)

From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great change. Enjoy coffee and conversation with Jessica Smith, curator of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950, as she shares how artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and Jacob Lawrence forged bold new styles to fit the times.

The Art of Perception: Seeing Fast and Slow
Saturday, April 14, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

Amy Herman offers insight into how art sharpens observation, analysis, and communication skills. By looking closely at painting, sculpture, and photography, anyone can learn to hone their visual intelligence to recognize the most pertinent information, understand multiple perspectives, and identify the biases that might impede them.

​Offered in conjunction with Slow Art Day

Breakfast Tour of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Friday, May 4, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Great Stair Hall
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level sponsor and above

​​Join us for a morning of modernism. Enjoy guided tours of the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 accompanied by breakfast in the Great Stair Hall.​

Trolley Tour: LOVE Your Park
Sunday, May 20, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tour departs from the West Entrance of the Museum.
Paid tickets required
$40; $32 members (does not include Museum admission)
Paid parking available in the Museum Garage

Fairmount Park is home to historic architecture, beautiful vistas, and significant works of public art. This walking and trolley tour explores the Waterworks, Lemon Hill, and many points of interest in the park.

Please note: We’ll walk a half mile on sloped paths to the Waterworks and Lloyd Hall. Transportation available if necessary. Tour continues on the trolley through Fairmount Park to Lemon Hill, which is not wheelchair accessible. The trolley returns guests to the West Entrance.

​Offered in conjunction with LOVE Your Park Week

Dressing for the Photographer: Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Clothes
Sunday, May 20, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members $16); includes Museum admission

Art and cultural historian Wanda Corn reveals how Georgia O’Keeffe cultivated her image as an artist through her unique sense of fashion. This lecture explores the ways she used her distinctive taste in clothes to model for photographers. Together they created a public persona for O’Keeffe that still dominates the American imagination today.

​This is the Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture. Offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950

Conversation: Museum as Collaborator
Thursday, June 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Complimentary for Associates-level members and above

​​​​​​​Join us for a conversation about the ways the Museum has worked to deepen partnerships with government and community collaborators over the past year—from Parkway Centennial programming to Philadelphia Assembled. Also learn about the Museum’s tremendous economic impact and our ambitious plans for the future.​

Panel includes Gail Harrity, President and Chief Operating Officer; Nicole Allen White, Director of Government and External Affairs; and Damon Reaves, The Berton and Sallie Korman Associate Curator of Education for Community Engagement and Access.

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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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