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

A masterpiece 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
  • Tapestry Showing the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, 1623–25, designed by Peter Paul Rubens
    • Thursday, September 7, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, September 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Counting, 1991, by Lorna Simpson
    • Thursday, October 5, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, October 6, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 7, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Crucified Christ with Virgin Mary, St. John the Evangelist & Angels, c. 1460–90, Flemish
    • Thursday, October 12, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, October 13, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Study for a Ceiling with the Coronation of the Virgin, c. 1750–60, by Gaspare Diziani
    • Thursday, October 19, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, October 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Sounding Reveille, c. 1871, by Winslow Homer
    • Thursday, October 26, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, October 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 28, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Fireplace and Doorway, 1935–38, by Wharton Esherick
    • Thursday, November 2, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, November 3, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tapestry Showing the Marriage of Constantine and Fausta, 1623–25, designed by Peter Paul Rubens
    • Thursday, November 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, November 10, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The Knight, Death, and the Devil, 1513, by Albrecht Dürer
    • Thursday, November 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, November 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

An Architect’s Responsibility: A Search for the Durable When Everything Is Changing
Friday, September 8, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 ($16 members); includes Museum admission

​Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, architects of the Barnes Foundation, talk about the role that museums can play in defining civic life in the twenty-first century.

Cash bar: 5:45–6:30 p.m.

This is the keynote lecture for the Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: The Museum and the City, co-organized by the History of Art Department of the University of Pennsylvania.

Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: The Museum and the City
Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia
Free
No ticket required

How do museums serve the needs of today and tomorrow? ​Museum directors, artists, and civic leaders from around the world share their perspectives.

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10:00 a.m.–noon
“Civic Space in the 21st Century”
Moderated by David Brownlee, the Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of 19th-Century European Art, University of Pennsylvania

Speakers:
Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director, City of Philadelphia
Richard Gluckman, Partner, Gluckman Tang Architects
Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Julian Siggers, Williams Director, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Juan Ignacio Vidarte, Director General, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

2:00–4:00 p.m.
“The Audience of the 21st Century”
Moderated by Gail Harrity, President and COO, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Speakers:
Wilfredo Bení­tez, Executive Director, Ludwig Foundation of Cuba
Carmen Febo-San Miguel, Executive Director, Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Sarah McEneaney, artist, Philadelphia
Leslee Michelsen, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, and Design, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Honolulu
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Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the History of Art Department of the University of Pennsylvania

Jane Goodall
Saturday, September 16, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
SOLD OUT

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.

Arcadia Library Lecture: Libraries & Librarians: Agents of Change
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
SOLD OUT

​Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, discusses the critical role of libraries and librarians and their central place in community engagement.

Mass Incarceration: Its History and Its Present
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​This program speaks to rewriting personal and collective narratives of mass incarceration and displacement. Activities include a workshop, a teach-in on the Reconstruction Era with Dr. Allison Dorsey of Swarthmore College, and a public dialogue reflecting on the present state of reentry and imprisonment in Philadelphia.

Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Grower Series: Transcending Place, Creating Culture
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

An afternoon dedicated to growers from the Asian, African, and Latin American diasporas in Philadelphia. Enjoy demonstrations, film screenings, live music, art-making, culinary events, guest speakers, and more.

​Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled
  • Saturday, September 30, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

First Friday: Inside Out
Friday, October 6, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet at 2nd and Market Streets, Philadelphia
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends; Young Friend guests $5. Space is limited; reservations are required.

Encounter art in unexpected places. Explore the newest Inside Out installation in Old City during First Friday and see how the Museum is bringing its collection into the community. Followed by a nearby happy hour.

Alumni Ex-Offender Association Meetings
Julien Levy Gallery, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​The Alumni Ex-Offenders Association engages the public in a dialogue to explore the evolution of mass incarceration on a personal, familial, and communal level.

​Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled
  • Saturday, October 7, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tyler Hays: The Art of Making Everything
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
By invitation only
Free for invitees

Meet the creative mind behind the luxury furniture label BDDW. Then take a self-guided tour of his crafted objects, which will be installed in several period rooms.

Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration
Thursday, October 12, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​A day honoring indigenous communities, with teach-ins and story circles that reveal the histories of this land

Presented in collaboration with the Indigenous 215 Collective. Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

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.

On Gentrification and Displacement
Saturday, October 21, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​A daylong series of programs about gentrification and displacement

Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Celebrating Activism—A Philadelphia Forum
Sunday, October 29, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

A forum celebrating the various forms in which activism manifests today and into the future

​Led by members of the Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia and moderated by Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym. Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Eda G. Diskant Memorial Lecture: The Encyclopedia, the Museum, and the Collection
Friday, November 3, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

Art historian Steven Conn examines the relationship between the encyclopedias that museums aspired to be and the collections that formed the basis of their displays at the turn of the twentieth century.

This is the keynote lecture to the symposium “Have to Have It: Philadelphians Collect (1850–1930),” which continues on Saturday, November 4. Cohosted with the Frick Center for the History of Collecting.

Have to Have It: Philadelphians Collect (1850–1930)
Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission

Join us for a symposium on collecting in Gilded Age Philadelphia. Topics include collectors John G. Johnson, Peter A. B. and Joseph Widener, and Dr. Albert C. Barnes and the role played by fairs, museums, advisors, and department stores in setting patterns of collecting in the city.

Cohosted with the Frick Center for the History of Collecting

Insights into Contemporary Korean Craft
Sunday, November 5, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$5 (free for members); includes Museum admission

​Hyeyoung Cho, organizing curator of the guest artist program at this year's Craft Show, previews works by Korean artists featured in the exhibit.

Inside Look: Old Masters Now
Meet in the Dorrance Galleries; first come, first served

Stories behind the works, from the people who know them best.

  • A Curator’s Perspective: John G. Johnson
    • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      Discover the man behind the Johnson Collection with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
  • Creation Made Visible
    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        Examine the painter’s process through imaging technology with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Debuts and Discoveries from Storage
      • Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        Discover newly conserved paintings that haven’t been on view in decades with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Sketching Outdoors with Constable, Courbet, and Monet
      • Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        • Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          Consider the logistics and challenges of painting outside with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture & Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Between Our World and the Picture’s
        • Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          Explore how frames set the stage in paintings with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Bosch/Not Bosch
        • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            ​Delve into the question of who made a painting and how do we know with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives; and Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Keeping Up with El Greco
          • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            Investigate two compelling works by the Greek master with Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings; and Mark Castro, Consulting Curator of Latin American Art. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Unveiling Titian
          • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              Join Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings, for a conversation about the recently restored Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.

Roz Perry Memorial Lecture: Exhibiting Intimacy: Rodin, Sex & Modern Sculpture
Friday, November 17, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Art historian David Getsy discusses Auguste Rodin’s themes of sexuality and love, and explores how they influenced his reputation and development as a modern artist.

Collab Design Excellence Award: Patricia Urquiola
Saturday, November 18, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Paid tickets required
Lecture and party: $150; $120 Collab member (2 tickets per)
Lecture only: $25; $20 member; $10 for student

Celebrate Patricia Urquiola as she receives Collab’s 2017 Design Excellence Award. Fusing the artisanal and the industrial, this acclaimed international designer creates cool, innovative objects for the home and office. The exhibition Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry explores how she fuses handcraftsmanship with modern materials and technologies.

Lecture: 6:00 p.m.
Party: 8:00 p.m.

On Climate Change
Saturday, December 2, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Perelman Building, Perelman Auditorium
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

This panel discussion brings together artists, advocates, and researchers to speak about climate change and sustainability with a specific focus on seeds. Also includes seed-selling and seed-swapping activities.

​Led by Ron Whyte of Deep Green Philly and Nate Kleinman and Dusty Hinz of Experimental Farm Network. Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Philadelphia Assembled Mural Workshop & Discussion
Saturday, December 9, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
3:00–5:00 p.m.: Mural Workshop
6:30–8:00 p.m.: Discussion
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Join us for a workshop centered around the mural featured in Philadelphia Assembled, followed by a discussion on the role of community in artistic practice.

Hosted by the Black Quantum Futurism Collective and the People’s Paper Co-Op

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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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