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Member Programs

Members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are invited to enhance their experiences at the Museum through a variety of exclusive opportunities, including tours that highlight the permanent collection, special exhibition preview days, and bus trips and enrichment programs that provide social and educational opportunities to engage with other Museum members. Member tours can be reserved by calling the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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Ceramics
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

What has been more influential than the invention of the wheel? How about the potter's wheel? Join us to see how the ceramics from 2,500 BCE stack up to today's works.​

South Asian Art
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Experience the transformation of our renowned South Asian galleries. Highlights include a stone temple hall from southern India, ornate Buddhist works from Tibet and Nepal, colorful textiles, and lively temple sculpture.​

  • Sunday, June 4, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, June 9, 2017, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 11, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Fairmount Waterworks
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Join Park House Guides on a tour of the Fairmount Water Works. Moderate walking involved. Weather permitting.​​

  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, June 16, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Bus Trip: Baltimore Glass
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
9:15 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Travel to an oasis within the city during our visit to the Walters Museum and enjoy a curator led tour of their majestic 12th century stained glass panels. Conclude the day in a nearby contemporary art gallery​ as you watch works of glass take shape before your eyes at a live glass blowing demonstration. The trip includes a catered lunch with sweeping views of the Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina.

$140 per member; $150 per member guest, includes transportation, guided tour, a prix fixe lunch and all gratuities. On sale to Museum Circle members April 24 and all members May 1.​

Flowers in Art
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Claude Monet once said “I must have flowers, always, and always.” We could not agree more, so join us, as we stop to smell the roses, looking at flowers in art.

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 22, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 29, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Fathers and Sons
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Explore the relationships between Fathers and Sons in our collection, either as the artist or the subject.​

  • Thursday, June 8, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 15, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 18, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Patron Thank-you Event
Monday, June 12, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Patron and above $1,500

Patron members hold a special place in our membership family. In appreciation, we invite you to enjoy a private cocktail reception with fellow art enthusiasts and staff. Throughout the evening you'll learn how your generous support is an investment in the future of the Museum.​​

Members Previews - Wild: Michael Nichols
Membership Required
Free for Members

Experience the exhibition before it opens to the public during our private Members' Preview. During this time, members have exclusive access to the exhibition galleries for a free first look of Wild: Michael Nichols.

  • Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

New Member Meet & Greet
Saturday, July 15, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: South Terrace Conference Room A & B
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members free. Space is limited.

As a member, you're privy to a lot of insider info. Get the scoop at this free event and learn how to make the most of your membership, and then join us in the galleries to discover a few secrets of the collection. Afterward, meet fellow members and Museum staff over complimentary snacks. Members free. Space is limited and reservations are required.​

How to un-confuse confusing art
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Ever look at art and just scratch your head? We all have, and we’re here to help. Join us for a lively, interactive tour that explores how to look at art in a new way. By understanding some basic symbols, stories, and metaphors that are commonly used by artists, you’ll be able to understand art as you never have. ​

Art of Baseball
Monday, July 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Citizens Bank Park

Join us for a private tour of Citizens Bank Park’s artwork ​with exhibiting artist Max Mason. A life-long baseball fan, Mason was commissioned by the Phillies to paint three murals for the stadium. After the tour enjoy watching the Phillies play the Houston Astros from prime seats.

Art in Focus: Celebrating the Johnson Collection
Location: Paintings Conservation Studio, Perelman Building
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Sponsors and above

Conservators and curators offer up-close encounters with European paintings as they prepare these works for this fall's Old Masters Now exhibition. You'll hear from Museum staff about the responsibilities and rewards of caring for this extraordinary collection. ​

Recommended for ages 13 and above
  • Saturday, August 5, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

New Member Ice Cream Social
Sunday, August 13, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rodin Museum

It’s sweet to be a new member and this Ice Cream Social is just one reason. Mingle with Museum staff and other new members in the tranquil Hamilton Gardens while enjoying complimentary ice cream. Then experience the work of celebrated French sculptor Auguste Rodin in the galleries. ​

Rain Date: Sunday, August 20

Members’ Book Club: I am Venus: A Novel
Location: Perelman Building Library

Let your love of art and literature come together. Join us for coffee and a discussion of I am Venus: A Novel with author Barbara Mujica. This breathtaking historical novel reimagines the dramatic life and loves of the Baroque Spanish painter Diego Velázquez. The riveting account of a great artist's rise to prominence, this novel is set against the backdrop of political turmoil and romantic scandal.

The Members' Book Club meets in the Library's Reading Room located on the second floor of the Perelman Building. Each session includes coffee and a discussion lead by our library staff. ​
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Members Previews: Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for members

Experience the exhibition before it opens to the public during our private Members' Preview. During this time, members have exclusive access to the exhibition galleries for a free first look of Old Masters Now.​

  • Friday, October 27, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Young Friends Events & Programs

Designed for the area’s most culturally engaged young professionals, the Young Friends program offers captivating events with curators and local artists, art-inspired excursions throughout Philadelphia, and interactive social events designed to spark a lifelong love affair with art.
Young Friends' Picnic
Sunday, June 4, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Rodin Museum
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends ; $5 public.

Welcome summer with the Young Friends! Bring your own picnic to enjoy on the ground and join us for a private tour of the Rodin Museum and garden lawn games.

Up Your 'Gram Game
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Young Friends Program
Free tickets required
Free for Young Friends; $5 for guests

You don't have to be a professional to experience the split-second magic of photography. Explore the Museum's surroundings and unlock your phones with street photographer and Instagram influencer @urphillypal as we learn more about Instagramming art, inspired by our newest exhibition Wild: Michael Nichols.

From Slaughterhouses to Skateparks
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Young Friends Program
Paid tickets required
$20 for Young Friends; $25 for guests

Go off the beaten path and get access to sites along the Schuylkill Riverfront with Hidden City Philadelphia. Learn more about the city you love and the little known histories that go along with it. Then enjoy a nearby happy hour.

Associates and Chairman’s Council

Through unique and diverse events and exclusive access to Museum experts, Associates and Chairman's Council members witness firsthand how their support positively impacts the art, the people, and the programs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Associates Events

Curator as Detective
Thursday, June 8, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Associates Members and above ($2,500+)

Did we recently discover a hidden gem in our collection? See for yourself as we close out the year with this fascinating presentation from our pioneering staff, who are constantly exploring the Museum's holdings.

Chairman's Council Events

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