Member Events & ProgramsMembers 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.
This tour explores Jewish art, in its many facets, from venerable 17th-century masterpieces to today’s most cutting-edge creations.
- Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
- Saturday, September 27, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
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.
A two part Members-only series that takes you behind the scenes on the triumphant return of Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic to the Museum’s newly reinstalled American art galleries.Part 1: Meet the conservator, Mark Tucker, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings and Vice Chair of Conservation, inside the conservation lab to learn about the milestone conservation treatment he performed on a work regarded as the most important American painting of the nineteenth century. Part 2: See how it all comes together as you sit in the gallery itself and unlock the puzzles of The Gross Clinic and the diverse selection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative art objects that were chosen to surround it. The Museum looks forward to introducing you to our newly appointed Assistant Director for Interpretation, Josh Helmer, who is sure to share insights on the collection that you thought you knew so well as he leads a private gallery discussion about the reinstallation.
- Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
- Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Join Park House Guides on a tour of the Fairmount Water Works.
- Thursday, September 18, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
- Sunday, September 21, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Discover history’s most notable and elite through period rooms, decorative arts and portraits.
- Friday, September 19, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
- Thursday, September 25, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
- Friday, October 10, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
- Thursday, October 23, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
- Thursday, October 30, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
- Friday, October 31, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Explore the works of the master painter and Philadelphia native, Thomas Eakins.
- Saturday, September 20, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
- Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Join Nathaniel Stein, the Horace W. Goldsmith Curatorial Fellow in Photography, in celebrating the recent acquisition of Nachtstilleben (Night Still Life), a large-scale color photograph by the internationally renowned contemporary photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. Stein will speak about connections between Tillmans’ work and photographs, prints, and sculptures from the permanent collection.
Explore the paintings and techniques of the Early Italian and Northern European Renaissance to reveal the truth behind these golden masterpieces.
- Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
- Saturday, October 18, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
- Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Learn about the history and creation of the Museum’s medieval carpets and European tapestries.
- Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
- Friday, October 17, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
- Sunday, October 26, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
7:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
$140 per member; $150 per member guest, includes transportation, guided tour, a prix fixe lunch and all gratuities. Space is limited, and reservations required. Program fee is nonrefundable. On sale to Museum Circle members August 11 and all members August 25, 2014.
This quaint Victorian seashore town is famous for its architectural riches and maritime heritage. Join us as we explore Cape May's Historic District and dine on the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. The day will also include free time to explore a craft and antique show.
Of course art is beautiful and uplifting, but it can also be downright scandalous. So join us, as we reveal the controversies inherent in each brushstroke, nude, and artistic impulse.
- Thursday, October 16, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
- Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
- Thursday, October 23, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
- Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Sustainer members and above)
12:00 - 5:00 p.m. (all members) Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:00 - 5:00 p.m. (all members) Sunday, October 19, 2014
10:00 - 5:00 p.m. (all members)
Experience the exhibition days before it opens to the public during our private Members’ Previews. During this time, members have exclusive access to the exhibition galleries for a free first look of Paul Strand’s powerful work.
Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Be introduced to Paul Strand and the unique lens with which he photographed the early twentieth century. This program is hosted by exhibition curator Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Join film critic Carrie Rickey in conversation with noted cultural and architectural historian George E. Thomas, as they discuss how Philadelphia was portrayed in John Landis's landmark 1983 comedy and how the city has changed in the past three decades.
This program is generously sponsored by Gloria Pasline.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join us for this special screening of Craft in America. This Peabody Award-winning series explores America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. The newest episode, Service, is the story of creativity, healing and our nation’s soldiers and veterans. This program will held in the galleries and feature an introduction and Q&A by curator Elisabeth Agro, who is highlighted in the episode.
Young Friends Events & ProgramsThrough a broad range of special events and educational activities organized around the Museum’s world-famous collections, the Young Friends provide a forum for increased appreciation of the arts.
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
$60 per person
$40 per Young Friends member VIP Tickets
$85 per person
$65 per Young Friends member All standard tickets purchased on the day of the event are $70 per person. Young Friends member and VIP ticket prices do not increase.
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art invite you to experience ARToberfest, an avant-garde inspired beer garden held in the Museum’s rarely seen Vaulted Walkway.The region’s most culturally engaged young professionals will mix and mingle while supporting the Museum in a space rich in architectural detail, history and mystique. Closed to the public since the 1970s, the Vaulted Walkway is the perfect backdrop to celebrate the many beloved works of art purchased through the Young Friends program.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free Young Friends event. YF Preservation Alliance Members $8. Space is limited.
Join the Young Friends as they partner with the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia to explore the Perelman Building, the most richly embellished example of Art Deco architecture to be erected in Philadelphia in the 1920s. Following the tour, head up Fairmount Avenue for a happy hour at Jack's, located in a 19th century Firehouse.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Free Young Friends event. Free for children 12 and under. Space is limited.
Share your love of art with the children in your life and join us for a closer look at one of the Museum's most beloved collections. You and your little guests will meet Dirk Breiding, the J.J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms & Armor, to get an up-close encounter with select Museum objects, followed by a tour of the galleries, all centered on arms and armor made for children.
6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Free Young Friends event; guests are free after Museum admission. Space is limited.
Join us for a social evening of networking and learning. This event will give you the opportunity to meet the Young Friends Executive Board and learn why our program is your gateway to cultural engagement, philanthropy, and the Museum’s collection of world class art.
For more information, please contact Membership by phone at 215-684-7840, by fax at 215-235-0042, or by e-mail at .