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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is your Museum. We welcome you to experience this season’s exciting exhibitions, events, and activities. Connect with art in surprising, lively, new, and memorable ways.


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April 2018

This Month's Exhibitions



Thursday, April 26Grid ViewRows View

 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Uncover the most entertaining stories, anecdotes, and legends associated with our collection.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Tours gather in Museum's West Entrance
Please note that tours are weather dependent and will not take place in excessive heat or rain. Moderate walking is involved.

Set at the terminus of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the views of and from the Philadelphia Museum of Art are justifiably renowned. Join the Park House Guides to tour the East Terrace for an informative and fun hour as they explore the magnificent architecture and outdoor sculpture of the Museum. Discover the building's fascinating history and delight in the wealth of details that adorn this classically inspired building making it a uniquely beautiful part of Philadelphia’s urban landscape.
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11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet in the Great Stair Hall, near gallery 151.

An artwork takes center stage during a participatory gallery conversation.

Facilitated by Museum educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Get hit by Cupid’s arrow as you explore depictions of love and marriage throughout our collection.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 1:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Celebrate three centuries of this country's greatest paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.
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Children's Art Classes
 
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Paid reservations required
April 17–May 17, 2018
Education Studio 1
$80 ($65 members)

Masterpieces emerge when kids explore the galleries and get creative in the studios.

Registration for returning students begins March 6; registration for new students begins March 20. Call 215-235-SHOW to register. Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.

Class size is limited. Preregistration required. Fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Children in Ages 3–5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. Children must be toilet trained.

Support for Children’s Art Classes has been provided by Ellen and Mickey Simon.

Ages 3–5
  • Tuesday
    April 17–May 15, 2018
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    April 18–May 16, 2018
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    April 19–May 17, 2018
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 3:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

See some of the greatest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world, featuring masterworks by artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Cézanne.
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Friday, April 27Grid ViewRows View

 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

See some of the greatest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world, featuring masterworks by artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Cézanne.
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Family Programs
 
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Fridays at 10:15 a.m.

Tours meet in Education Studios 1 & 2
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

Play at the Museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures.
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11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet in the Great Stair Hall, near gallery 151.

An artwork takes center stage during a participatory gallery conversation.

Facilitated by Museum educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Visit a Medieval Cloister, a 16th-century Indian Temple Hall, the country estates of 18th-century England and France, and a Japanese tea house, all in one hour.
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Starts at 12:00 p.m.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 1:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Featuring works by famous Philly artists and art inspired by the city’s most colorful characters.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.
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2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
SOLD OUT
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Free for members

Explore the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 and see how artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and Jacob Lawrence challenged convention and forged bold new styles.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 3:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Take an “inside’ look at paintings, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, tapestries, and more spanning over three centuries.
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5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Throughout the Museum

Get body-positive with a night dedicated to celebrating forms and figures of all shapes and sizes.

Music: DJ lil’dave
5:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
DJ lil’dave, a member of the Illvibe Collective and host of Eavesdrop Radio on WKDU 91.7 FM, plays a selection of music that combines sounds from soul, hip-hop, Afro-Latin, and house music.


DIY Art: In the Nude
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Brodsky Gallery 188, 1st floor
Join Michael Grimaldi from the New York Academy of Art in this multi-figure life drawing session that celebrates the collaboration between artist and model. Nude models will be present to inspire you. Materials provided; photography not permitted.


Detour: Art Hirstory 101
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in gallery 111, 1st floor.
Explore our collection through a transgender lens with writer, performer, and historian Wesley Flash.


Movement Workshops: Reset & Connect
6:00 & 6:45 p.m.
Resnick Rotunda 161, 1st floor
Dance artist Katherine Kiefer Stark and cellist Ajibola Rivers of the Naked Stark dance company lead you through simple movements that promote mind/body awareness practices. Space is limited.


Performance: Eleone Dance Theatre
7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This multicultural and intergenerational dance company presents works designed to inspire and uplift the body and mind.
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6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
By invitation only
Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

​​​​Discover the Esherick House, a modernist masterpiece designed by renowned architect Louis Kahn for Margaret Esherick, niece of craftsman Wharton Esherick. Hear about its recent restoration while enjoying cocktails by food stylist Dan Macey, who, with Paul Savidge, is the home’s current steward.
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6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
SOLD OUT
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free for Young Friends and public after general admission. Space is limited.

Connect with new and familiar faces over casual conversation and complimentary cocktails during Final Friday. Learn about the Young Friends program, the difference it makes in the art community, and upcoming events.
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Saturday, April 28Grid ViewRows View

 
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
SOLD OUT
South Terrace Conference Rooms A & B
5 PA or NJ hours

​What does it mean to be modern? What does it mean to be American? In this teacher preview of the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950, delve into the work of artists grappling with these questions and reflect on their diverse perspectives.

Join us to:

  • Learn about American modern art with Jessica T. Smith, the Susan Gray Detweiler Curator of American Art and organizer of the exhibition
  • Explore the exhibition with museum educators
  • Discover stories from the childhoods of American artists Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock with author David Stabler and illustrator Doogie Horner (Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends).​
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Explore three centuries of paintings, furniture, and decorative arts, with special emphasis on Philadelphia and rural Pennsylvania.
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10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Free for members

​​Claude Monet once said, “I must have flowers, always, and always.” Join us as we stop and smell the roses.
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Children's Art Classes
 
Starts at 10:30 a.m.
Paid reservations required
April 21–May 19, 2018
Studios 1 & 2; South Terrace Education Classrooms A &B
$80 ($65 members)

Masterpieces emerge when kids explore the galleries and get creative in the studios.

Registration for returning students begins March 6; registration for new students begins March 20. Call 215-235-SHOW to register. Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.

Class size is limited. Preregistration required. Fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Children in Ages 3–5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. Children must be toilet trained.

Support for Children’s Art Classes has been provided by Ellen and Mickey Simon.

  • Ages 3–4
    10:30 a.m.–noon: SOLD OUT
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Ages 5–6
    10:30 a.m.–noon: SOLD OUT
    1:00–2:30 p.m.: SOLD OUT
  • Ages 7–8
    10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Ages 9–12
    10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    1:00–3:00 p.m.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures.
Save Event
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Tours gather in Museum's West Entrance
Please note that tours are weather dependent and will not take place in excessive heat or rain. Moderate walking is involved.

Set at the terminus of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the views of and from the Philadelphia Museum of Art are justifiably renowned. Join the Park House Guides to tour the East Terrace for an informative and fun hour as they explore the magnificent architecture and outdoor sculpture of the Museum. Discover the building's fascinating history and delight in the wealth of details that adorn this classically inspired building making it a uniquely beautiful part of Philadelphia’s urban landscape.
Save Event
E-mail this to a Friend
 
 
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet in the Great Stair Hall, near gallery 151.

An artwork takes center stage during a participatory gallery conversation.

Facilitated by Museum educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania
Save Event
E-mail this to a Friend
 
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

See some of the greatest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world, featuring masterworks by artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Cézanne.
Save Event
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Starts at 12:00 p.m.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 1:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Visit rare architectural settings and discover intriguing works of art from all parts of Asia, including some of the oldest objects in the collection.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 3:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Religious works by great artists of the Renaissance and beyond, such as Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, and Sandro Botticelli.
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Sunday, April 29Grid ViewRows View

 
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Free for members

Explore the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 and see how artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and Jacob Lawrence challenged convention and forged bold new styles.
Save Event
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures.
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11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
For ages 3–5 and 6–10

Look, learn, and tell us what you think on these playful tours.

Explore polka dots, stripes, and other repeating designs you can spot over and over again.
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Starts at 12:00 p.m.
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12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perfect for all ages

Drop by to play games, sketch, and make art among the masterpieces.

Explore polka dots, stripes, and other repeating designs you can spot over and over again.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.
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