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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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Please Note: If online ticketing is unavailable, call 215-235-7469 to reserve tickets. Programs are subject to change. Please arrive early as we reserve the right to release seats at the start of the program.

September 2016

This Month's Exhibitions



Sunday, September 25Grid ViewRows View

 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Explore the art of the Impressionist era, learn about the artists that defined and influenced the movement, and see how their work inspired the masterpieces of modern and contemporary art that would follow.
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Members-Only
 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Reservations required
Membership Required
Tours meet in West Entrance (Lenfest Hall)
Free for Members

Explore the works of the master painter and Philadelphia native, Thomas Eakins.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Take an "inside" look at paintings, furniture, sculpture, block-printed wallpapers, ceramics, and more representing a uniquely European aesthetic.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Family Programs
 
Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Tour meets in West Lobby

Creative play and participatory conversation make these tours the perfect introduction to art for young visitors and their families.

The Museum is like a time machine—take a trip to the past without ever leaving our galleries.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

This tour focuses on the Museum's extraordinary collection of American art, including Colonial and Federalist-era paintings, furniture, and decorative arts as well as treasures of rural Pennsylvania.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

The art of Spain and Mexico take center stage in this inspiring tour.
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Family Programs
 
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perfect for all ages

Drop in to play games, sketch from the masterpieces, and enjoy hands-on activities.
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Starts at 1:00 p.m.

Take an "inside" look at paintings, furniture, sculpture, block-printed wallpapers, ceramics, and more representing a uniquely European aesthetic.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Van Pelt Auditorium
$20 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Art historian Wolf Burchard explores Le Brun's role in the completion and adornment of the Louvre's Grand Gallery. Reception to follow.

Support for this program is provided by the Robert and Eda G. Diskant Endowment Fund.
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Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Explore the art of the Impressionist era, learn about the artists that defined and influenced the movement, and see how their work inspired the masterpieces of modern and contemporary art that would follow.
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Tuesday, September 27Grid ViewRows View

Members-Only
 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.

SOLD OUT
Reservations required
Membership Required
Tours meet at the West Entrance.
Free for members

Go off the beaten path to discover rare, unique, precious, and exceptional works of art in several small and less-frequented spaces.
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Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Take an "inside" look at paintings, furniture, sculpture, block-printed wallpapers, ceramics, and more representing a uniquely European aesthetic.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

Simply put, this tour features some of the greatest impressionist and post-impressionist art in the world.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 1:00 p.m.

This tour focuses on the Museum's extraordinary collection of American art, including Colonial and Federalist-era paintings, furniture, and decorative arts as well as treasures of rural Pennsylvania.
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Children's Art Classes
 
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Paid reservations required
September 27 - December 8, 2016
Location: Education Studios

Registration begins Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.


Tuition: Members $128, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. Children in Ages 3–5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.

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Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Discover exciting, innovative, and sometimes controversial works of art created in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

In the digital age, why do we need physical books at all? When digital surrogates can be delivered to our laptops with a single click, do we even need libraries? In this thought-provoking lecture, noted book historian and digital humanities leader Michael F. Suarez, Director of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, considers the importance of books as objects and the future of the library in the twenty-first century.

At 5 p.m., there is a public reception at the Museum's Granite Hill Restaurant.
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Wednesday, September 28Grid ViewRows View

 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Explore the art of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist eras and learn about the artists that defined and influenced the movement, including masters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Georges Seurat.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

Join us, as we explore the Jewish community’s connections to the Museum’s collection.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 1:00 p.m.

This tour focuses on the Museum's extraordinary collection of American art, including Colonial and Federalist-era paintings, furniture, and decorative arts as well as treasures of rural Pennsylvania.
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Children's Art Classes
 
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Paid reservations required
September 27 - December 8, 2016
Location: Education Studios

Registration begins Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.


Tuition: Members $128, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. Children in Ages 3–5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.

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Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CANCELED
Location: Project Room
Free for Sustainer Members and above ($500)

Explore the wonder, beauty and spirit of this field with a presentation on Contemporary Craft. Representatives of the Craft Show will discuss its American evolution, the diversity of mediums, and the “how to” of integrating contemporary craft into your home. This show-and-tell presentation includes colorful images, objects, and information and insightful stories about various artists. ​​
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Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Take an "inside" look at paintings, furniture, sculpture, block-printed wallpapers, ceramics, and more representing a uniquely European aesthetic.
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Wednesday Night Tour
 
Starts at 6:00 p.m.

This tour focuses on the Museum's extraordinary collection of American art, including Colonial and Federalist-era paintings, furniture, and decorative arts as well as treasures of rural Pennsylvania.
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Wednesday Nights
 
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Wednesday Nights at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall Balcony

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
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6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
$125 ($100 members); includes Museum admission

Gallery-based interactive art history courses.

This is a three-part course (sign up for either Wednesday evenings or Thursday afternoons).

This participatory gallery-based course explores French art during the tumultuous and revolutionary nineteenth century, beginning with Neoclassicism and ending with Post-Impressionism. We will discuss the dramatic shifts in style and subject matter of art in this period and the social and political contexts from which it emerged.
Instructor: Jenni Drozdek, Manager of Adult Learning
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Members-Only
 
Starts at 6:15 p.m.
Reservations required
Membership Required
Tours meet in West Entrance (Lenfest Hall)
Free for Members

Explore the works of the master painter and Philadelphia native, Thomas Eakins.
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Wednesday Nights
 
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Wednesday Nights at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall Balcony

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
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Thursday, September 29Grid ViewRows View

 
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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Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Children's Art Classes
 
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Paid reservations required
September 27 - December 8, 2016
Location: Education Studios

Registration begins Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
Confirmation by email 2 weeks before start of class.


Tuition: Members $128, Nonmembers $160

Class size is limited. Preregistration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class. Call 215-235-SHOW to register.

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. Children in Ages 3–5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied.

Learn More >>
Save Event
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1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
$125 ($100 members); includes Museum admission

Gallery-based interactive art history courses.

This is a three-part course (sign up for either Wednesday evenings or Thursday afternoons).

This participatory gallery-based course explores French art during the tumultuous and revolutionary nineteenth century, beginning with Neoclassicism and ending with Post-Impressionism. We will discuss the dramatic shifts in style and subject matter of art in this period and the social and political contexts from which it emerged.
Instructor: Jenni Drozdek, Manager of Adult Learning
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Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Friday, September 30Grid ViewRows View

Family Programs
 
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Fridays, 10:15–11:00 a.m.
Location: Studio 4
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

Enjoy circle time with music, games, gallery walks, and the company of other art-loving families.
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Starts at 11:00 a.m.

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

Perfect for the first-time visitor, this tour provides an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.
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Starts at 2:15 p.m.

SOLD OUT
Reservations required
Membership Required
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Free for members

Dutch art experienced a glory period during the seventeenth century.
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Art After 5
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A Brooklyn-based ensemble that combines mambo and salsa in the style of musicians such as Celia Cruz, Buena Vista Social Club, Tito Puente, and more.
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Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Explore paintings dated from 1850–1900 (including Academic Art, the School of Barbizon, and Realism) leading up to Impressionism, as well as paintings that came after Impressionism (Cézanne, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art Nouveau movement).
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Art After 5 Tours
 
Starts at 7:00 p.m.

Discover exciting, innovative, and sometimes controversial works of art created in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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