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Close Helmet for the Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte)
Close Helmet for the Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte), c. 1600, with later alterations
Italian
Painted steel (now oxidized to a deep russet color)
Weight: 7.9 lb., 7 pounds 14.8 ounces (3595 x 3595g) 10 5/8 x 9 13/16 x 10 7/16 inches (27 x 24.9 x 26.5 cm)
Purchased with funds contributed by the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2011
2011-133-1
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The Young Friends is a vibrant group of art enthusiasts, committed to supporting the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Members enjoy a diverse schedule of programs including, engaging social events, educational lectures and tours, art-inspired excursions, and enrichment activities especially designed for those ages 21 to 45.


Join the Young Friends
Become a Young Friend or purchase a membership for a young art enthusiast in your life today! Young Friends benefits include:
  • Invitations to special Young Friends-designed programs, including private tours, art-inspired excursions, and opportunities to meet and learn from museum curators, staff, and leadership
  • Discounts on ticketed Young Friends events, including some of the city’s most popular fundraisers: Fall into Art, Holiday Party, and Winter Gala
  • Networking and social opportunities where you’ll mingle with the region’s most culturally engaged young professionals
  • Philanthropic investment in one of the largest and most renowned museums in the country

Members must be 21 or over to join. For new or renewing Young Friend members, please click the appropriate link below. If you have an existing Museum membership and wish to add Young Friend benefits, please contact Members Services by phone at 215-684-7840.

Join or Renew with Individual Benefits ($50)

Join or Renew with Dual Benefits ($100)


Programs and Events
Activities for this group of more than 450 young professionals are held one to two times per month. Young Friends who are looking to get more involved may volunteer and assist in planning the two annual fundraisers.

The Young Friends fundraisers, including Fall into Art and Winter Gala, are among the city’s most popular events, where the region’s most culturally engaged young professionals mix and mingle while supporting the Museum.

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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.

Perelman Architecture Tour
Saturday, September 27, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tour meets in the Perelman Lobby.
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
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.


Supporting the Museum
Financial support is given to important Museum activities including exhibitions, acquisitions, conservation, and educational and outreach programming.

Each June, the Young Friends Executive Board present funds to the Museum which are a direct result of the annual Rodin Garden Party and Winter Gala fund-raisers, as well as Young Friends membership support. In addition, The Young Friends Fund, an endowment established in 2006, provides support in perpetuity to the Museum.

Many beloved works of art throughout the Museum were purchased with donations through the Young Friends program including the piece shown in the image above. Learn more about this and other Young Friends acquisitions here or visit the Museum soon.

For more information, please contact Young Friends by phone at (215) 684-7858 or by e-mail at .

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