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The museum is privileged to have several friends groups representing many of its most dedicated supporters. Members of these groups experience an array of programs and events to explore various aspects of the museum, providing unique opportunities to take an active role in supporting our future.


Connect with leading designers, hear about the newest trends first, and learn about the latest products and processes while you support the museum’s modern and contemporary design collection. Since 1970, Collab has contributed outstanding examples of unique and mass-produced design objects to our collection, hosted design luminaries from five continents, and provided tours, lectures, and publications that make design accessible to the public.


Collect: Emerging Collectors of Contemporary Art

Get access to leading experts and learn every aspect of appreciating, acquiring, and caring for the art of our time. Go behind the scenes and explore prominent private collections, artist studios, and galleries in Philadelphia and beyond. Membership contributions to Collect support the group’s activities and contemporary art at the museum.


Focus: Friends of Photography

Collectors, artists, curators, and other supporters of photography come together to celebrate the museum’s acclaimed collection of over 33,000 photographs. Members enjoy exclusive access to private collections, artists, curators, insightful lectures, and more. Focus members have the opportunity to vote on potential acquisitions for the permanent collection at the annual Purchase Party.


Techné: Ambassadors for International Craft

Building on the museum’s rich tradition of acquiring and promoting international craft—ceramics, glass, fiber and textiles, metal, and woodwork—Techné offers specialized programming that will inspire members through stimulating dialogue, the exchange of ideas, and shared experiences.


Women's Committee

The Women’s Committee was founded in 1883 by Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a great-granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin. Mrs. Gillespie was a notable Philadelphian in her own right who organized many philanthropic endeavors including the Women’s Pavilion at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. The present Women’s Committee continues that tradition of community service as an independently chartered volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the museum.


Young Friends

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.

For more information, please contact Development by phone at 215-684-7766 or by e-mail at .