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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.

This year's CollegeFest is Saturday, September 12, 2015 >>

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

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The Struggle for Freedom
Sunday, February 19, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meets in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Hear stories of courageous and clever actions taken by freedom-seeking men and women historic homes Cedar Grove, Belmont Mansion, and Strawberry Mansion. ​​

Voices in the Family presents Creativity: Life From the Inside Out by WHYY, Inc.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
Paid tickets required
$20 adults, $10 Museum and WHYY members

​Explore the psychological role of creativity through the lives of artists with Dr. Dan Gottlieb. He’ll look at Van Gogh’s struggle with mental illness and the emotional support that this legendary artist received from his brother.

Joining Dr. Dan:

Deborah Heiligman is a National Book Award finalist. Her new book Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers is due out in April.

Jennifer Thompson is the PMA Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection

Sara Steele is a Philadelphia-based Artist and Activist

This event will be taped for a Voices in the Family Special to broadcast on WHYY FM.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall, near the entrance to the Modern and Contemporary Art galleries

Every week 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.

In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Skylit Atrium
Paid tickets required
$5 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • Jitish Kallat
    • Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Starts at 6:30 p.m.
      ​Join artist Jitish Kallat and poet Sonia Sanchez for a conversation inspired by his poignant and immersive installation Covering Letter.

Watercolor Salons
Location: Dorrance Galleries
Paid tickets required
$25 (Free for members); includes Museum and Special Exhibition admission
Call 215-235-7469 to reserve tickets

Lively conversations about American Watercolor and related topics.

  • Women and Watercolor
    • Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      ​​Hear about women’s contributions to the art of watercolor from artist Eileen Goodman and McNeil Curator of American Art Kathleen A. Foster.
  • Painting with Light
    • Thursday, April 6, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      ​Examine the connections between stained glass and watercolor with artist Judith Schaechter and McNeil Curator of American Art Kathleen A. Foster. Funded by the Graduate Guides.

Spring Open House
Location: Cedar Grove
Paid tickets required
$8 (Cedar Grove admission free for members)

​Spring is in the air -- swing by Cedar Grove and see what's going into our early American kitchen garden.

  • Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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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