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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.

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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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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

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.

Groundbreaking Hard Hat Tours
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Take a behind the scenes, sneak-peek tour of some of the construction zones within the Museum. Reservations are taken as walk-up, day-of tickets at any Visitor Services desk.

Because the tour will include visiting the Vaulted Walkway, which is partially exposed to the elements and an active construction zone—it is not fully accessible. Please dress for the weather accordingly and wear comfortable, flat, closed-toed shoes. ​
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m., and 12:00 p.m., and 12:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

Watercolor Salons
Location: Dorrance Program Room
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.

Members join a private morning tour to complement these conversations.
  • Painting with Light
    • Thursday, April 6, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
      ​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.
  • Philadelphia Illustrators
    • Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
      Author and illustrator Jerry Pinkney and exhibition assistant in American Art Laura Fravel highlight Philadelphia’s role in illustration. Funded by the Center for American Art.

In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Gallery 277
Paid tickets required
$20 (free for members); includes Museum

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • Magdalene Odundo
    • Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      Kenyan-born British potter Magdalene Odundo in conversation with Jennifer Zwilling (Curator of Artistic Programs, The Clay Studio).

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.

A Green and Historic Place
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Pleasant
Paid tickets required
$20 ($15 for members)

​Art historian Elizabeth Milroy shares surprising stories of Mount Pleasant and other sites in Fairmount Park over the past 250 years. Reception and book signing to follow.

Architecture and Antiques
Sunday, May 21, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meeit in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 for members)

Spend an afternoon surrounded by stylish objects and fashionable design from our country’s early days at Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion, and Woodford.


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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