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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 - Vaulted Walkway
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
SOLD OUT

Tour one of the Museum’s previously hidden treasures. Rich in architectural detail, history and mystique, discover how this passageway will be returned to its former glory as the Gehry project becomes a reality.

Members Tour - Kidding Around
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Starts at 6:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

This tour looks at the history and influences of childhood depictions.

Members Tour - The Spirit of Rocky
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Explore the triumphs of underdog artists who achieved personal victories through struggle and perseverance, much like Rocky.

Members Tour - Jewish Connections
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

This tour explores Jewish art, in its many facets, from venerable 17th-century masterpieces to today’s most cutting-edge creations.

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 27, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Explore history’s most notable and elite through period rooms, decorative arts and portraits

  • Friday, September 5, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, September 12, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, September 19, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 25, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Fairmount Waterworks
Tours meet in West Entrance (Lenfest Hall)

Join Park House Guides on a tour of the Fairmount Water Works.

  • Saturday, September 6, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 18, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 21, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Thomas Eakins
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

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

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 11, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 20, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Starts at 6:15 p.m.

Members Preview - Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart
Friday, September 12, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Location: Honickman and Berman Galleries, main building, first floor

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 Richard Pousette-Dart long and prolific career.

Members Tour - Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

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.

Exclusive Look: In Dialogue: Wolfgang Tillmans
Saturday, September 27, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Perelman Media Room
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Circle Level and above. Space is limited.

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.

Members Bus Trip: Historic Cape May
Sunday, October 12, 2014
7:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Bus departs from West Entrance
Membership Required
Reservations required
$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.

Members Preview - Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography
Friday, October 17, 2014
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)
Location: Dorrance Galleries, main building, first floor

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.

Members Feature: How We've Changed! Trading Places 30 Years Later
Sunday, October 26, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Membership Required
Paid tickets required
Members attend free (Member invited guests $8).

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.

Young Friends Events & Programs

Through 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.
Fall into Art: ARToberfest
Friday, September 19, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Vaulted Walkway
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Standard Tickets
$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.

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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