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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.


March Is Members Month

Member Month


We’re celebrating you with exclusive perks and programs all month:

  • Double discounts on shopping (20% off)
  • Special programming (see page 28 of your spring What’s On for more details)
  • Complimentary coffee or tea* in our Members’ Lounge
  • BOGO deal—buy one drink at Friday Nights and get the 2nd free
  • No service fees
*Served until 3:00 p.m. daily

Download the February issue of For Members

Download the Spring What’s On Guide
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.

Rodin Museum
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Tours meet at the Rodin Museum.
SOLD OUT

Explore some of the world’s most renowned masterpieces of sculpture.

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.​

Surrealism
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
SOLD OUT

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

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.
  • Teresa Lignelli, Conservation
    • 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-Only Private Morning Tour of American Watercolors
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Lobby)
Membership Required
Paid tickets required
$40 for members, free for Patrons and above ($1,500+)

Start your morning with a crowd free exhibition tour led by those who helped bring American Watercolor to life.

Includes entrance to that day’s 10:30 a.m. Watercolor Salon.

  • Laura Fravel, Exhibition Assistant
    • Saturday, March 4, 2017, Starts at 9:30 a.m.
  • Nancy Ash, Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper
    • Thursday, March 16, 2017, Starts at 9:30 a.m.
  • Laura Fravel, Exhibition Assistant
    • Thursday, April 6, 2017, Starts at 9:30 a.m.
  • Kathleen Foster, Senior Curator of American Art
    • Saturday, May 6, 2017, Starts at 9:30 a.m.

Women in Art
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

From models to artists, mistresses to muses, women have always played an essential role in the creation of art. Join us, as we explore their many contributions to both art and culture.

  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Picasso to Warhol
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Featuring masterworks by such artists as Picasso, Duchamp, Dali, and Warhol, this tour chronicles the course of modern art.​

  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 12, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, March 17, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Flowers in Art
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Claude Monet once said “I must have flowers, always, and always.” We could not agree more, so join us, as we stop to smell the roses, looking at flowers in art.

  • Friday, March 10, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, March 31, 2017, Starts at 6:15 p.m.

Member Favorites
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Why do you love it? What draws you to it? Focused on your favorite pieces from our collection this tour was hand chosen by you, the members.

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, March 15, 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.

Members Bus Trip
Saturday, March 18, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Membership Required
Paid tickets required

Travel with us to New York as we watch opera's classic lovers on stage in Roméo et Juliette. This example of French Romanticism will highlight the subtlety, sensuality, and graceful vocal delivery of the acclaimed Metropolitan Opera cast. You'll enjoy a catered brunch at one of the city's top restaurants before taking your seats for the show.

$240 per member; $250 per member guest, includes transportation, orchestra seat tickets, a prix fixe lunch and all gratuities. On sale to Museum Circle members January 16 and all members January 30.​

Exclusive Look: New in the Galleries
Thursday, April 6, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Sustainer and above ($500+)

Discover the light-hearted and learned arts of Venice around 1500 with Julia Valiela, our Mellon-de Schauensee Postdoctoral Fellow. Dive into the history of the “Floating City” through mythological, portrait, and sacred images by renowned artists that once adorned Venetian homes. See how these works of art reveal the artists’ techniques, their patrons’ lives and the city’s dynamic art scene. ​

New Member Meet & Greet
Sunday, April 9, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: South Terrace Conference Room A & B
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members free. Space is limited.

As a member, you're privy to a lot of insider info. Get the scoop at this free event and learn how to make the most of your membership, and then join us in the galleries to discover a few secrets of the collection. Afterward, meet fellow members and Museum staff over complimentary snacks. Members free. Space is limited and reservations are required.​

Patron Appreciation Reception
Thursday, April 13, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Patron and above $1,500

Patron members hold a special place in our membership family. In appreciation, we invite you to enjoy a private cocktail reception with fellow art enthusiasts and staff. Throughout the evening you'll learn how your generous support is an investment in the future of the Museum.​​

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.
South Asian Art: Curators & Interpretators at Work
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Explore new digital interactives as you immerse yourself in the recently reinstalled South Asian art galleries with curatorial and interpretation staff. Discover how they worked together to bring life, sound, and movement to the gallery with vivid photographs and videos incorporated throughout. Funding for this work due in part to a Young Friends grant received in 2014.

Tour of Art Storage
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

​Where does the art go when it's not on view? Let your curiosities lead the way as you explore this not-open-to-the-public Decorative Art storage space, where priceless collection pieces fill the many cabinets. Free for Young Friends. ​

Curated Cocktails: The Art of the Flower
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Young Friends $35, Guests $40

​​Connect art, flowers, and cocktails through fascinating stories and up-close discovery. Decode how earlier painters relied on flowers to convey specific messages within their work and the not-so-cryptic symbolism involved. Join us as Joshua Helmer, Assistant Director for Interpretation, translates works from our collection and end the tour with cocktails in the galleries, including flowers pretty enough to eat.

  • Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 19, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

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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