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Member Events & 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 which highlight the permanent collection, special exhibition preview days, and bus trips and enrichment programs which provide both social and educational opportunities to engage with other Museum members.
Members Tour - Everything Eakins
Tours meet in West Entrance (Lenfest Hall)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Members

Explore the works of the master painter and Philadelphia native, Thomas Eakins.

  • Saturday, February 13, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Friday, February 19, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - Love is in the Air
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

Get hit by Cupid’s arrow as you explore love and marriage in both mythological and modern contexts from our collection.

  • Sunday, February 14, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Thursday, February 18, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - How Did They Do That?
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free members event.

Discover the engineering behind art as your explore processes humans have developed to produce ceramics, glass, weaving, painting and more, from the Neolithic Period to modern times.

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 25, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

Now offered on the third Wednesday of each month, this members-only tour provides an overview of some of the Museum’s most renowned treasures in a variety of media.

Members Preview - International Pop
Location: Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries , main building, first floor
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 International Pop. Advance reservations are not required.

  • Saturday, February 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 21, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Members Tour - War and the Power of Love
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free members event

Gain insight into Charles Frazier’s epic civil-war novel Cold Mountain and how its key themes of love, loss and perseverance relate to the museum’s collection. This tour is part of the 2016 One Book, One Philadelphia program.

  • Saturday, February 20, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m. (SOLD OUT)

Coffee and Conversation with International Pop Curator
Sunday, February 21, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Project Room
Membership Required
Reservations required
Sustainers and above ($500+)
Space is limited and reservations are required.

Gain behind-the-scenes insight into navigating the fast-paced world of Pop Art that exploded onto the global stage in the 1960s. Erica Battle, The John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, will discuss the bold and thought-provoking imagery of this vibrant cultural period.

The Language of Flowers
Friday, February 26, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members $20, member guests $25

Today we've lost much of the symbolism associated with flowers, but earlier painters chose blossoms to convey very specific messages about their subjects. Join us as Joshua Helmer, Assistant Director for Interpretation, decodes works from our collection. End the tour with a cocktail including flowers pretty enough to eat.

Staff Secrets
Location: Members Coffee Lounge, Committee Room
Membership Required
Free for Members

Staff Secrets is a casual drop-in, theme-oriented conversation focusing on the Museum’s permanent collection. The talk is hosted by Museum staff and takes place in the Pop-up Members' Lounge each Friday at 12:00 p.m.

  • European Painting and Sculpture
    • Friday, March 4, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      With Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900
  • European Decorative Arts
    • Friday, March 11, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      With Dirk Breiding, The J.J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor
  • Conservation of Art and Objects
    • Friday, March 18, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      With Conservation staff
  • The Art of Interpretation
    • Friday, March 25, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      With Joshua Helmer, Assistant Director of Interpretation and Ariel Schwartz, The Kathy and Ted Fernberger Associate Director of Interactive Technologies

Pop Around the World
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Take specialized exhibition tours led by international experts who helped bring International Pop to life by working on the ground to find loans of art works from the United Kingdom, Brazil and Argentina, and Japan.

  • Swinging London: Erica Battle
    • Saturday, March 5, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Brazil and Argentina: Bartholomew Ryan
    • Saturday, March 12, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • "Tokyo Pop": Hiroko Ikegami
    • Saturday, April 2, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Members Tour - Flowers in Art
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

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, March 9, 2016, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Friday, March 11, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - Member Favorites
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

Why do you love it? What draws you to it? Focused on your favorite pieces from our collection this tour was hand chosen by you, the members.

  • Thursday, March 10, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, March 18, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 31, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Dance and Movement
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

Dance through our collection and explore how movement is depicted in objects ranging from ancient tomb sculptures to Degas' dancers.

  • Saturday, March 12, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, March 25, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - International Pop
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

Find out how Pop art’s embrace of popular culture and imagery became a worldwide phenomenon.

  • Sunday, March 13, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 19, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, April 24, 2016, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

New Member Meet & Greet
Sunday, March 13, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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 this year. Join us in the galleries to discover a few secrets of the collection because in the end it’s all about the art. Afterwards, meet fellow insiders and get to know Museum staff while enjoying complimentary snacks.

Young Friends Events & Programs

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.
A Pop Party
Saturday, February 27, 2016
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us for an arts and culture experience of global proportions. Gain after-hours entry and be among the first to view our International Pop exhibition. Find out how Pop art’s embrace of popular culture and imagery became a worldwide phenomenon. Continue the international affair with exhibition-inspired open bars, musical entertainment, dancing, and our celebrated raffle and silent auction.

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Young Friends Tour - International Pop
Friday, March 11, 2016
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Tour meets in West Lobby
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends Members

Find out how Pop art’s embrace of popular culture and imagery became a worldwide phenomenon. Stay to enjoy the Museum’s Art After 5 program featuring a lively dose of art, cocktails, and music.

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

International Pop Opening Celebration
Saturday, February 20, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate members and above ($2,500+)

Featuring artists from twenty different countries, International Pop chronicles Pop Art's emergence as a global movement, migrating from the United Kingdom and the United States to Western and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Japan. Curated by Erica F. Battle, The John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, and organized by the Walker Art Center, the exhibition will shed a new light on lesser-known movements within this iconic art tradition. Be the first to explore the exhibition at its celebratory opening.

Please note that the date of the opening celebration recently changed. It was originally scheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2016.

With a Fresh Eye: South Asian Art
Location: Perelman Building
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate Sponsor members and above ($5,000+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

While the South Asian art galleries remain closed through fall 2016 for major renovation and reinstallation, the Perelman Building will be activated with a variety of exhibitions showcasing our rich collections in this area, including Drawn from Courtly India: The Conley Harris and Howard Truelove Collection; Picture This: Contemporary Photography and India; and Art of the Zo: Textiles from Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh. Join Darielle Mason, The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art; Ainsley Cameron, The Ira Brind and Stacey Spector Assistant Curator of South Asian Art; Nathaniel Stein, Horace W. Goldsmith Curatorial Fellow in Photography; and Dilys Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles to experience these exhibitions and learn more about future plans.

  • Thursday, March 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lunch and Learn: A Collection of Collections--How Philadelphia Family Treasures Shaped the Museum
Monday, April 4, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate members and above ($2,500+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Ninety percent of the Museum's collection was acquired through gifts--many from patrons who hail from our own backyard. Join Susan K. Anderson, The Martha Hamilton Morris Archivist, and curatorial guests to learn about the centuries of notable Philadelphia families and the artistic and cultural legacy they have left in the hands of the Museum.

Annual Luncheon with the Director and Chair
Monday, May 23, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate Sponsor members and above ($5,000+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Join Constance H. Williams, Board Chair, and Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, to toast the year's accomplishments and enjoy a sneak peek at exciting future plans.

Third Place: The Philadelphia Museum of Art as a Civic Space
Thursday, June 9, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate members and above ($2,500+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

As the city's institutions prepare for the Parkway Centennial in 2017, join Gail Harrity, President and Chief Operating Officer along with other staff and special guests, to take a look at the past, present, and future of the Museum's immense footprint in the city of Philadelphia. Learn about our extensive grounds, ranging from the main building to the Park Houses to the Rodin and Sculpture gardens, and our changing relationship with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Chairman's Council Events

Behind-the-Scenes: The John and Joan Thalheimer Paintings Conservation Studio
Chairman's Council Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Chairman's Council members ($10,000+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Join Mark S. Tucker, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings and Vice Chair of Conservation, and his team to explore the rarely seen, state-of-the-art paintings conservation facilities located in a dramatic two-story space in the Perelman building. Based on the projects on view, special curatorial guests will join to share how the conservation process relates to the exhibition and interpretation needs, offering an exclusive look at what you will see in the galleries in the years to come.

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Membership by phone at 215-684-7840, by fax at 215-235-0042, or by e-mail at .

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