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Support the Museum

As a lover of art, you are key to the Museum’s enduring vitality. Your gift—no matter the size—plays an invaluable role in the future of the Museum and all those who come to enjoy it.

You may direct your gift to the area of most need or designate your donation by selecting from the following: AcquisitionsConservationART 24/7EducationEndowmentExhibitionsLibrary & ArchivesAnnual Fund

A talk about Thomas Eakins’s Gross Clinic in the American Art galleries
A talk about Thomas Eakins’s Gross Clinic in the American Art galleries

Acquisition of Works of Art

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The Museum’s collections of some 300,000 objects represent masterpieces of painting, sculpture, decorative arts and architectural settings from Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

By continually adding new works of art to these collections, the Museum ensures they will remain relevant and reflective of a diverse local and global audience for many years to come.

Contributions to the acquisition fund enable the Museum to take advantage of extraordinary opportunities in the art market—for example, if a Philadelphia treasure is in danger of being sold or an exceptional object turns up at auction.

Focus: Friends of Photography brings together collectors, artists, curators, and other enthusiasts of photography. Each year, the Friends select works of art for the Museum’s photography collections. Another way to support acquisitions is by joining the Young Friends. Proceeds from the Young Friends annual gala and other programs are directed to the acquisition of specific works of art.




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As one of the nation’s great artistic and historic resources, the Museum assumes the enormous responsibility of preserving its collections for future generations.

The conservation of approximately 300,000 objects, dating as far back as 500 CE (of the Common Era) and encompassing an astonishing diversity of mediums, presents both monumental challenges and exceptional opportunities for research and discovery. However, the professional and technical resources required to carry out this work can often be difficult to come by.

Gifts in support of conservation are used to improve the laboratory facilities, support the treatment of works of art, and maintain the Museum’s position as a leading center for conservation training and research.

Learn more about conservation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Art 24/7

ART 24/7

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The Museum is home to a diverse and dynamic collection, now numbering more than 240,000 works of art. Each object is a treasure with its own powerful story to tell about time, place, and the connecting threads that weave cultures and eras together.

ART 24/7 expresses the Museum’s commitment to make our distinguished collection accessible to everyone, everywhere, at any time, by publishing detailed records and high-quality photographs of each object online. Whether the artwork is on display in the galleries, on loan to another museum, being cared for, or in storage for safekeeping due to fragility, it will always be available online for your study and delight.

Join the Museum’s effort by making a gift in support of ART 24/7, and help us maintain the momentum that has resulted in more than 100,000 works of art published online thus far. Your gift will help a team of specially trained photographers, educators, conservators, researchers, curators, and information-technology experts create fully functional digital records of each object. Special new features—such as audio tours and behind-the-scenes videos—will enhance the Museum experience for you and your fellow visitors, both online and in the galleries.

Your support of ART 24/7 helps Philadelphia share its cultural legacy with the world.

Gifts of all sizes are welcome and deeply appreciated. Make a gift online >>




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It takes extensive resources and a staff with a wide range of expertise to serve an audience that includes students, teachers, parents, and children, as well as adults of all interests and education levels, senior citizens, scholars, art-lovers, and, of course, the especially important first-time visitors.

Contributions to Education support its vast activities, including the creation of interpretive materials, school programs, teacher workshops, interactive web content, community outreach, scholarly publications, art history courses, lectures, and symposia. Special opportunities are also provided for the visually and hearing-impaired and physically challenged, as well as home-bound art lovers. Learn more about Education Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Over the last century, these programs have grown substantially and have established the Museum’s Division of Education as a national leader in developing innovative ways of promoting greater appreciation for the arts.

Your support of the Division of Education will ensure that all of the Museum’s visitors will have the opportunity for an enriching experience every time they explore the collections.




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Endowment funds help to create flexibility within the Museum’s operational budget by making resources available to support our staff, projects, and programs in perpetuity. In addition, endowment funding offers flexibility for unexpected needs and allows for the creative exploration and experimentation necessary to ensure the Museum is constantly evolving and meeting the needs of our ever-expanding universe of visitors, in the galleries and online.

Through the generosity of friends and benefactors, and with superb financial management, the Museum has grown its endowment over the years. Still, the endowment remains well below those of our peer institutions, such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

You can strengthen the Museum’s endowment by making an outright gift, pledge, or bequest, or establish other planned gifts, such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable trust. Planned gifts can be tailored to meet your family’s financial needs; in addition, you can enjoy a significant tax deduction while reducing or eliminating capital gains and/or estate tax liability.




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The Museum presents more than twenty acclaimed special exhibitions each year, ranging from comprehensive single-artist retrospectives to historical surveys to focused presentations that explore specific topics. The organization of these exhibitions can take years, and often requires the cooperation of many museums and private collectors along with considerable research scholarship.

Your gift in support of exhibitions will provide much needed funds for these ambitious and innovative undertakings, including the research, gallery design, and educational materials that accompany each presentation. Generous individuals like you have helped make possible exciting Museum exhibitions.

The Museum also provides opportunities for corporate sponsorship.

Learn about upcoming exhibitions that can benefit from your support.



Library & Archives

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One of the most distinguished art reference libraries in the United States, the Museum Library houses more than 200,000 books, auction catalogues, and periodicals dating from the sixteenth century to the present. The Museum Archives is the primary source of information relating to the Museum’s history, including past exhibitions, activities, events, and interactions with significant figures and organizations in the world of art.

The Museum’s Library provides visiting scholars, students, teachers, public visitors, and Museum curators with important and rare academic materials. Our curators rely on the Library to research and plan upcoming exhibitions and advance new scholarship on the Museum’s collections. Building the Library’s holdings ensures that it will continue to offer the best possible educational resources to its many users.


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Annual Fund

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Your gift in support of the Museum’s operations helps keep the Museum strong and vibrant in countless ways.

As the primary funding for everyday activities and general maintenance of the Museum, your generous contribution goes toward:
  • educational outreach
  • keeping the grounds beautiful year-round
  • providing the materials needed to continue offering the fascinating programs that have enriched the lives of children and adults alike.

These endeavors, while sometimes behind the scenes, are critical in ensuring the Museum’s efficient operation and the opportunity for personal enrichment and lifelong learning for visitors in the current year.



For more information, please contact Development by phone at 215-684-7750 or by e-mail at .