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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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September 2017

This Month's Exhibitions



Tuesday, September 26Grid ViewRows View

Collection Tours
 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.

From models to artists, mistresses to muses, explore the essential role women have played in the creation of art.
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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.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 12:00 p.m.

Where else in Philadelphia can you visit a medieval cloister, a 16th-century Indian temple hall, the country estates of 18th-century England and France, and a Japanese tea house in one hour? Join us as we take a walk through time.
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12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building

​This program speaks to rewriting personal and collective narratives of mass incarceration and displacement. Activities include a workshop, a teach-in on the Reconstruction Era with Dr. Allison Dorsey of Swarthmore College, and a public dialogue reflecting on the present state of reentry and imprisonment in Philadelphia.

Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled
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Starts at 1:00 p.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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Children's Art Classes
 
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Paid reservations required
September 26–December 7, 2017 (No classes week of Thanksgiving)
Education Studio 1
$160 ($130 members)

Masterpieces emerge when kids explore the galleries and get creative 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. Children must be toilet trained.

Ages 3–5
  • Tuesday
    September 26–December 5, 2017
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    September 27–December 6, 2017
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    September 28–December 7, 2017
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
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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.
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Members-Only
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Free for members

Enjoy nature, architecture, history, and public art in Fairmount Park on this 90-minute stroll along the Schuylkill River. Moderate walking involved; weather permitting.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 3:00 p.m.

An introduction to the Museum’s extensive collection of art from China, Korea, and Japan
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Wednesday, September 27Grid ViewRows View

Courses & Workshops
 
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.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 mornings or Thursday afternoons).

See how artists throughout history depict everyday activewear, elegant eveningwear, and fabulous costumes.
Instructor: Greg Stuart, Museum Educator, Adult Learning
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Explore 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.

Where else in Philadelphia can you visit a medieval cloister, a 16th-century Indian temple hall, the country estates of 18th-century England and France, and a Japanese tea house in one hour? Join us as we take a walk through time.
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Starts at 1:00 p.m.

Discover exciting, innovative, and sometimes controversial works of art created in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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Children's Art Classes
 
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Paid reservations required
September 26–December 7, 2017 (No classes week of Thanksgiving)
Education Studio 1
$160 ($130 members)

Masterpieces emerge when kids explore the galleries and get creative 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. Children must be toilet trained.

Ages 3–5
  • Tuesday
    September 26–December 5, 2017
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    September 27–December 6, 2017
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    September 28–December 7, 2017
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 3:00 p.m.

Examine the Museum's vast collection of treasures from the Middle Ages, including sculptures, reliquaries, stained glass, and objects of architectural interest.
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Wednesday Nights
 
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Lois Green Brodsky Gallery 188, 1st floor

Every Wednesday night in September, enjoy the board game Sorry! with your friends and other visitors.
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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.
First come first served, space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

From June through September, yoga takes place in the the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden, weather permitting.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
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6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
SOLD OUT
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Members free; guests $10

​Explore the galleries in this after-hours member event. Celebrate Philadelphia Assembled, an exhibition that joins art and civic engagement. Enjoy stories and conversations with collaborators and local community members. Light bites and refreshments available for purchase; complimentary transportation between the main Museum building and the Perelman Building.
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Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Free for members

In this tour, discover Jewish art in its many facets, from 17th-century masterpieces to cutting-edge contemporary art.
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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.
First come first served, space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

From June through September, yoga takes place in the the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden, weather permitting.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
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Thursday, September 28Grid ViewRows View

Collection Tours
 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.

The Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Collection (galleries 245–249) features a remarkable selection of fine armor and arms. Learn how these objects were produced and how some can be traced back to the armories of powerful rulers.
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Members-Only
 
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Tours meet at the Rodin Museum.
Free for members

Explore some of the world’s most renowned masterpieces of sculpture.
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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 12:00 p.m.

Uncover the most entertaining stories, anecdotes, and legends associated with our collection.
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 1:00 p.m.

Travel from the High Renaissance to the Neoclassical period with sculpture, furniture, ceramics, and tapestries.
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Children's Art Classes
 
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Paid reservations required
September 26–December 7, 2017 (No classes week of Thanksgiving)
Education Studio 1
$160 ($130 members)

Masterpieces emerge when kids explore the galleries and get creative 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. Children must be toilet trained.

Ages 3–5
  • Tuesday
    September 26–December 5, 2017
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    September 27–December 6, 2017
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday
    September 28–December 7, 2017
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
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Courses & Workshops
 
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
SOLD OUT
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 mornings or Thursday afternoons).

See how artists throughout history depict everyday activewear, elegant eveningwear, and fabulous costumes.
Instructor: Greg Stuart, Museum Educator, Adult Learning
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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 3:00 p.m.

This tour offers an introduction to the arts and cultures of South Asia, a region composed of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tibet.
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Celebrations & Parties
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Glenside, PA: Glenside Avenue between New Street and Easton Road

Join us at Glenside’s Food Truck Festival to celebrate the opening of the fall Inside Out exhibition. Visit food trucks and local vendors, and experience the unveiling of a new mural. Ten reproductions of Museum masterpieces have been installed around the community—can you find them all?​
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Friday, September 29Grid ViewRows View

 
Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Take an look at paintings, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, tapestries, and more spanning over three centuries of European art.
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Family Programs
 
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tuesdays, June 27–September 1, 2017; and Fridays, 10:15–11:00 a.m.
Tours meet in Education Studios 1 & 2
Best for toddlers and their grown-ups

Play at the Museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​
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Starts at 1:00 p.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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Collection Tours
 
Starts at 2:00 p.m.

Explore 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 3:00 p.m.

From models to artists, mistresses to muses, women have always played an essential role in the creation of art. Explore their many contributions to both art and culture.
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5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Celebrate the art of words and language with workshops and performances throughout the galleries.

Music: DJ Halfbreed
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Enjoy an upbeat literary and art-minded set of music from Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela (aka DJ Halfbreed), a professor and a publisher at Thread Makes Blanket.

DIY Art: Typewriter Bar
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Philly Typewriter sets up several beautiful and functional writing machines for you to admire and use.

DIY Art: Voice Your Story
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Street artist and poet Blur, whose stickers and wheatpastes can be found around town, will encourage you to find your own voice. Connect art and language, and then share your work in a communal spot or take a personal keepsake home with you.

Detours with Nic Esposito
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Wallace Gallery 201, 2nd floor
Go on an artistic literary journey through the medieval and Asian galleries with Nic Esposito from The Head & The Hand Press.

In-Gallery Performance: Tell Me a Story
6:15 p.m.
Alter Gallery 176, 1st floor
An evening of true stories inspired by Cy Twombly’s artwork. Hillary Rea of Tell Me a Story and four storytellers share the feelings that arise when making, observing, and experiencing art.
Free ticket required; space is limited.

Artist Talk: Wendy Ewald
6:45 p.m.
Resnick Rotunda 161, 1st floor
Photographer Wendy Ewald discusses An Immigrant Alphabet with Amanda Bock, the Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs. For this project, Ewald collaborated with students from Northeast High School to record their experiences as immigrants. The resulting images are on view this fall at Thomas Paine Plaza, across from City Hall.

Performance: Yolanda Wisher
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher performs a unique blend of poetry and song with her band, The Afroeaters.
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Friday Nights
 
Starts at 6:15 p.m.
Alter Gallery 176, 1st floor

An evening of true stories inspired by Cy Twombly’s artwork. Hillary Rea of Tell Me a Story and four storytellers share the feelings that arise when making, observing, and experiencing art.
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Saturday, September 30Grid ViewRows View

Children's Art Classes
 
Starts at 10:30 a.m.
Paid reservations required
September 30–December 9, 2017 (No classes week of Thanksgiving)
Studios 1 & 2; South Terrace Education Classrooms A &B
$160 ($130 members)

Masterpieces emerge when kids explore the galleries and get creative in the studios.

Children in Ages 3–4 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery visit portion of the class. Children must be toilet trained.

  • Ages 3–4
    10:30 a.m.–noon.
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Ages 5–6
    10:30 a.m.–noon.
    1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Ages 7–8
    10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Ages 9–12
    10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    1:00–3:00 p.m.
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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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PHLA Kitchen
 
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Perelman Café, Perelman Building

Join the culinary artists of PHLA Kitchen for informal events about dishes featured on their menu.

Featured dish: The People’s Peas (black-eyed peas) over grits

Shivon Love (Our Mothers’ Kitchens) and her family invite you to their table to enjoy good food, family story-time, and food-focused activities. A children’s librarian from the Free Library of Philadelphia will be on hand with a selection of books. All ages welcome.
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12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cedar Grove, Fairmount Park
$40; $35 members. Includes admission to the houses, transportation, and cider samples. Food available for purchase. 21 and over with valid ID only

Learn the history of cidermaking and enjoy samples of the hard stuff from different cider-makers at six historic houses in Fairmount Park. Program begins at Cedar Grove and includes bus transportation to Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Woodford Mansion, and Strawberry Mansion.

Parking available at Cedar Grove

Hosted in partnership with Fairmount Park Conservancy
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12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Mount Pleasant, Fairmount Park
$40; $35 members. Includes admission to the houses, transportation, and cider samples. Food available for purchase. 21 and over with valid ID only

Learn the history of cidermaking and enjoy samples of the hard stuff from different cider-makers. Program begins at Mount Pleasant and includes bus transportation to Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Woodford Mansion, and Strawberry Mansion.

Parking available at Mount Pleasant

Hosted in partnership with Fairmount Park Conservancy
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12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building

An afternoon dedicated to growers from the Asian, African, and Latin American diasporas in Philadelphia. Enjoy demonstrations, film screenings, live music, art-making, culinary events, guest speakers, and more.

​Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled
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