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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
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
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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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Annual Holiday Party
Thursday, December 11, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Powel House, 244 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Young Friends $35, Public $45

Celebrate the season and enjoy drinks and delicious holiday treats while merrily mingling with other young professionals. As our gift to you, receive a $25 gift card to any Jose Garces restaurant when you attend.

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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