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Dark Basilica by Logan Circle, Philadelphia
Dark Basilica by Logan Circle, Philadelphia, 2004
Yvonne Jacquette, American
Oil on canvas
4 feet 11 inches × 6 feet 7 1/4 inches (149.9 × 201.3 cm)
Gift of the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2005
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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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Young Professionals Across Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Location: East Balcony
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free Young Friends Event; $5 for non-members

Looking to meet young professionals groups in Philadelphia committed to arts, culture, philanthropy and service? Join the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and United Way’s Project NEXT for this networking event designed to connect those dedicated to making a difference in our city. Program includes Museum admission and a cash bar on the East Balcony. To follow the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #YPacrossPhilly.

Young Friends Winter Gala Publicity Party
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
Young Friends Program
Reservations required

Gear up for the Young Friends' Ink, Gold, and Grandeur Winter Gala and join us at Tattooed Mom for a networking event to spread the word. Drink specials, appetizers, and themed crafts are planned for the evening. This event is open to all, so bring your friends. Space is limited; RSVP to to secure your spot.

Young Friends Winter Gala: Ink, Gold and Grandeur
Saturday, February 21, 2015
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall

The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art invite you to a black tie affair in honor of Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano. This magnificent exhibition is the first outside of Japan to explore the nearly 500-year sphere of influence established by the Kano lineage of painters, the longest lived and most influential school of painting in Japanese history.

Event proceeds benefit the Young Friends' mission of support for art acquisitions, education, conservation, and special projects within the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

VIP guests - Arrive at 7:00 p.m. for a champagne reception and overview by the exhibition curator followed by cocktails, light fare, dancing, and dessert. Also includes a gift bag and access to the VIP lounge.
$275 per person
$225 per Young Friends member
$250 per person (for groups of four or more people)

Gala guests - Arrive at 8:00 p.m. for entrance to the exhibition, cocktails, light fare, dancing, and dessert.
$175 per person
$125 per Young Friends member
$150 per person (for groups of four or more people)

All standard Gala tickets purchased the day of the event are $200 per person. Young Friends member and VIP ticket prices do not increase.

We invite you to become an integral part of the preservation and enhancement of one of the nation’s greatest museums by lending your support as an Individual Sponsor of the Young Friends fundraiser. Learn More >>

Art and Wonder: A Cabinet of Collections
Friday, March 6, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tour meets in West Lobby; Event in Gallery 257
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends Members

Discover the history of European society during the 1500s to the early 1700s through decorative examples of art, natural wonders, and scientific ingenuity. Learn how the Museum is using new interpretive technologies to bring these stories to life from Jack Hinton, Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture.

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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