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Member Programs

Members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are invited to enhance their experiences at the Museum through a variety of exclusive opportunities, including tours that highlight the permanent collection, special exhibition preview days, and bus trips and enrichment programs that provide social and educational opportunities to engage with other Museum members. Member tours can be reserved by calling the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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Ceramics
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

What has been more influential than the invention of the wheel? How about the potter’s wheel? Join us to see how the ceramics from 10,000 BCE stack up to today’s works.

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Now offered on the third Wednesday of each month, this members-only tour provides an overview of some of the Museum’s most renowned treasures in a variety of media.

How to un-confuse confusing art
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Ever look at art and just scratch your head? We all have, and we’re here to help. Join us for a lively, interactive tour that explores how to look at art in a new way. By understanding some basic symbols, stories, and metaphors that are commonly used by artists, you’ll be able to understand art as you never have. ​

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

Dance and Movement
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Dance through our collection and explore how movement is depicted in objects ranging from ancient tomb sculptures to Degas' dancers.

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, January 27, 2017, Starts at 6:15 p.m.

Scandalous
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Of course art is beautiful and uplifting, but it can also be downright scandalous. So join us, as we reveal the controversies inherent in each brushstroke, nude, and artistic impulse.​

  • Friday, January 20, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Great Art and Great Cities
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Travel with us to explore works in our collection that emphasize the cultural and artistic evolution of the great European capital cities. ​

Love is in the Air
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Get hit by Cupid's arrow as you explore love and marriage in both mythological and modern contexts from our collection. ​

  • Sunday, February 5, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 19, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Surrealism
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Take a look at the avant-garde movements of the 20th century and the works that inspired these powerful directions in art. ​​

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

The Golden Age of Dutch Painting
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Discover Dutch art and culture portrayed in painting throughout the seventeenth century. ​​

  • Thursday, February 9, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, February 17, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, February 24, 2017, Starts at 6:15 p.m.

Rodin Museum
Tours meet at the Rodin Museum.

Explore this recently reinstallaed Museum's remarkable ensemble of architecture, landscape, and sculpture. Tours meet at the Rodin Museum.​

  • Friday, February 10, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Monday, February 13, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Rodin’s Kiss
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

To celebrate the spirit of Valentine’s Day we’re opening the Rodin Museum just for our members and their guests. Start your romantic evening off with stories behind some of the sculptor’s most passionate works, including The Kiss. The first 100 guests receive a complimentary sweet treat. Limit one per membership. ​

Members Preview - American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent
Friday, February 24, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 26, 2017
10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
10:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Dorrance Galleries, main building, first floor

Experience the exhibition before it opens to the public during our private Members' Preview. During this time, members have exclusive access to the exhibition galleries for a free first look of American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent.

Exclusive Look: Coffee and Conversation with American Watercolor Curator
Sunday, February 26, 2017
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Sustainer ($500+) and above

Discover how a once-disparaged art form became an American phenomenon, when you join exhibition curator Kathleen Foster, The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art, for an intimate discussion over coffee.​

Staff Secrets
Location: Pop-Up Members’ Lounge, Committee Room
Membership Required
Free for Members

Staff Secrets is a casual drop-in, theme-oriented conversation focusing on the Museum's permanent collection. The talk is hosted by Museum staff and takes place in the Pop-up Members' Lounge.

  • Jessica Smith, American Art
    • Friday, March 3, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Mekala Krishnan, Interpretation
    • Friday, March 10, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Shelley Langdale, Prints, Drawings & Photographs
    • Friday, March 17, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Marla Shoemaker, Education
    • Friday, March 24, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Kristen Regina, Library and Archives​​
    • Friday, March 31, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Members’ Book Club: The Red Rose Girls: An Uncommon Story of Art and Love
Location: Perelman Building Library

Let your love of art and literature come together. Join us for coffee and a discussion of The Red Rose Girls. Set in a picturesque estate on Philadelphia's Main Line, this is the story of three Philadelphia women artists who achieved fame and fortune in the Victorian era. The Members' Book Club meets in the Library's Reading Room located on the second floor of the Perelman Building. Each session includes coffee and a discussion lead by our library staff. Members free. Space is limited and reservations are required.

To receive notices about upcoming book club programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art e-mail .​
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

New Member Springtime Social
Sunday, May 21, 2017
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Pleasant
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Members free, guests $10 Space is limited and reservations are required.​

It's sweet to be a new member and this Springtime Social is just one reason. Mingle with Museum staff and other new members surrounded by the landscape of Fairmount Park while enjoying complimentary lemonade and cookies. Then get a glimpse into Philadelphia's rich cultural heritage as you walk through the historic house, Mt. Pleasant. A complimentary shuttle will be available between the main building and Mount Pleasant.

If These Walls Could Talk: The History of Your Museum
Sunday, May 28, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Perelman Building Media Room
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members Free. Member guests $10.

Independent art historian Elizabeth A. Anderson helps new and longstanding members discover the Museum's rich history, from our Centennial Exhibition origins to our transition into the new millennium.

Young Friends Events & Programs

Designed for the area’s most culturally engaged young professionals, the Young Friends program offers captivating events with curators and local artists, art-inspired excursions throughout Philadelphia, and interactive social events designed to spark a lifelong love affair with art.
Young Professionals Across Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall Balcony
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Young Friends and members free; public $5; includes Museum admission

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 during Wednesday Night programs. To follow the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #YPacrossPhilly.​

Watercolor Remix Promotional Event
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends and public

Join us at the ambiant Positano Coast restaurant and lounge, where you'll d be surrounded by a serene backdrop reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast and experience remarkable views of Old City.

Enjoy drink specials, complimentary appetizers, and learn more about our upcoming Watercolor Remix Party and fundraiser. This event is open to all, so bring your friends! Space is limited; reservations required.

Associates and Chairman’s Council

Through unique and diverse events and exclusive access to Museum experts, Associates and Chairman's Council members witness firsthand how their support positively impacts the art, the people, and the programs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Associates Events

American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent Breakfast Tour
Thursday, March 9, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associates Members and above ($2,500+)

Learn about watercolor's rise as a major art form in the Museum's first American watercolor survey in over forty years featuring stunning masterworks from public and private collections across the country.

Behind the Scenes with the Library and Archives
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Associates Sponsors and above ($5,000+)

Learn how we collect and organize history to share our illustrious past with today’s scholars and future generations. Be the first to see our new digitization space and learn about the art information National Digital Stewardship Residency program, funded by a recent grant awarded to the Museum by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Lunch and Learn: The Museum in the Digital Age
Monday, April 3, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Associates Members and above ($2,500+)

Imagine making an ancient South Asian deity sculpture dance, or zooming into a painting so close you can see a two-haired brushstroke. Join our technology team as they share how the Museum's digital experience is being transformed through innovative tools that draw out the secrets and stories of our collection in thrilling new ways.

Curator as Detective
Thursday, June 8, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Associates Members and above ($2,500+)

Did we recently discover a hidden gem in our collection? See for yourself as we close out the year with this fascinating presentation from our pioneering staff, who are constantly exploring the Museum's holdings.

Chairman's Council Events

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