Return to Previous Page

Adult Programs

Be entertained, enlightened, and engaged by experiences that go beyond the limits of gallery viewing. Better understand and appreciate the Museum's collection and exhibitions through programs and events aimed at all adult learners, specialist and non-specialist alike.

Preregistration is suggested for all ticketed programs. Prices do not include Museum admission unless noted. Programs, topics, and speakers are subject to change.

Courses

Expand your knowledge of artistic traditions and cultural history in one of the Museum's courses. Learn about styles and techniques. See how geography and history have shaped social and cultural development through the ages—with one of the nation's most respected art museums as your classroom.

Prices for courses include Museum admission. Free Infrared Listening Systems are available at the West Information Desk for auditorium lectures.

View Courses >>

Sorry, but there are no longer any current events.......

Close


Concerts and Performances

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is proud to join with local, national, and international distinguished musicians for an array of concerts and performances inspired by the Museum's collection and current exhibitions. Come and experience the wonderful connection between the visual and performing arts.

View Concerts and Performances >>

Sorry, but there are no longer any current events.......

Close


Films

Join other movie lovers for screenings of films and documentaries connected to the Museum's collection and exhibitions.

View Films >>

Sorry, but there are no longer any current events.......

Close


Lectures and Symposia

Join distinguished lecturers from both the Museum staff and the local, national, and international academic communities for further exploration into topics related to Museum’s collection and current exhibitions.

View Lectures and Symposia >>

The Eda G. Diskant Lecture - Exploring Curiosity: From the Baroque to the Modern
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Starts at 2:00 p.m.
Van Pelt Auditorium
Free tickets required
Museum admission not required to attend this program.

With Stephen Bann, University of Bristol
Renowned art historian Stephen Bann discusses cabinets of curiosities—encyclopedic collections of works of art, natural wonders, and objects of scientific ingenuity. He also explores the resonance of such displays in the pursuits of collectors and artists up to the present day.

Paul Durand-Ruel, Friend and Art Dealer of the Impressionists
Sunday, June 21, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

With Paul-Louis Durand-Ruel, the great-grandson, and Flavie Durand-Ruel, the great-great-granddaughter of Paul Durand-Ruel. Discover the story of Paul Durand-Ruel, from his early career as an art dealer to his association with the Impressionists, and his long struggle to gain recognition for these artists.

Close


Gallery Programs

Experience the Museum’s collection in new ways at one of our gallery programs. Take part in a Spotlight Gallery Conversation for an in-depth look at an individual masterpiece. Join Museum staff, artists, and other guests for art talks and gallery happenings.

View Gallery Programs >>

Last Wednesdays - May

On the last Wednesday of the month experience a dynamic mix of art, performances, and entertainment.

  • Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby
    • Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Kensington’s annual Sculpture Derby comes to the East Terrace. Learn about kinetic sculptures and meet the creators behind the masterpieces that have an entire neighborhood dressing up.
  • Streets Dept Presents: The Evolution of Street Art
    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Some of today’s most active and exciting artists share how they use public space (both legally and otherwise) to create dialogue, display their work, and enliven the streets of Philadelphia. The panel includes Gaia, Joe Boruchow, Ishknits, Harlequinade, and Kid Hazo. Host Conrad Benner is the founder and editor of Streetsdept.com, a Philadelphia-focused photo blog that documents and celebrates street art, graffiti, and urban exploration. Benner's work with Streets Dept recently saw him named the city's “Best Art Curator” by Philadelphia Magazine.

"The Masterpieces" with Joshua R. Helmer
Meets in the Great Stair Hall

Featuring works by such artists as Van Eyck, Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, and others, “The Masterpieces” tour delivers just that—a look at some of the collection’s greatest treasures.

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Yoga
Free tickets required after Museum admission

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga while surrounded by the Museum’s collection. Class size varies according to gallery location.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
  • Location: Gallery 206
    • Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden
    • Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, July 1, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 5, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 19, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 26, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

Make Stuff

In this drop-in program, craft handmade objects or make art amid the Museum’s collection. Projects vary from sketching or knitting in the galleries to building a Lego mansion or creating a puzzle. Make Stuff programs are perfect for anyone looking for a relaxed, creative atmosphere.

  • The White Album
    • Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Use a variety of the white materials provided to create a monochromatic artwork.
  • Islamic Radial Design
    • Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Be inspired by the turquoise and blue mosaic tiles from our collection and create your very own design.

Sketching in the Galleries
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Be an artist for a day. Draw inspiration from the artwork on view and let your imagination run wild. Paper and pencils are provided.

Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Location: Meet at Diego Rivera’s mural Liberation of the Peon, near the Museum store on the balcony, first floor

Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania bring objects from the permanent collection to life during a 45-minute conversation in one of the Museum’s two hundred galleries. All programs are subject to change.

  • Portait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic), 1875, by Thomas Eakins
    • Thursday, June 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, June 12, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, June 13, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Ceiling from the Hall of Great Wisdom (Dazhidian) at the Temple of Wisdom Attained (Zhihuasi), Beijing, c. 1444, China
    • Thursday, July 9, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, July 10, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, July 11, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Spring, 1901–1902, by John La Farge
    • Thursday, August 6, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, August 7, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, August 8, 2015, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

Come be inspired by the Rodin Museum and its gardens. On the second Saturday of each month, learn a different sketching technique. Topics vary and include the Rodin Museum’s building, sculptures, and the garden, weather permitting. Materials are provided, though bring your own if you’d like (sketch pads, and drawing or charcoal pencils only, please). This drop-in program is primarily aimed at an adult audience.

  • Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Rocha Dance Theater
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Rocha Dance Theater celebrates the exhibition Dance: Movement, Rhythm, Spectacle with an in-gallery performance. Based in Brooklyn, this innovative dance company interprets modern, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop dance genres using a bold and unique language of dance theater. The program begins with a curatorial tour of the exhibition.

Garden Soirée
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Location: Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden

Channel your inner Impressionist with an art party in the Museum's sculpture garden. Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School returns with live models and drawing inspired by the exhibition Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting. Enjoy lawn games, French-themed music, and food trucks with your friends and family. Bring a blanket!

Close


Workshops

Broaden your horizons and immerse yourself in a subject of interest for hours of learning and fun in a relaxed, inspiring environment.

View Workshops >>

Sewing the Tomato Patch
Sunday, June 14, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
CANCELED

Spend the afternoon with artist Shelley Spector and contribute to the exhibition of her work, Shelley Spector: Keep the Home Fires Burning. Participants will collaborate with Spector to create textile tomatoes that will become a part of the artwork in the show. This workshop is limited to 15 participants, ages 12 to adult.

Minecraft Design Studio
Location: Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required after Museum admission

Love playing Minecraft? Discover it in a whole new light—as an innovative design object. Join us for a look at Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design, which features the game among many other works. Then, create your own virtual designs inspired by the themes and objects in the exhibition.

Participants must bring their own laptop and active Minecraft license. Limited to 25 participants, ages 12 to adult.
  • Sunday, June 28, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 30, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Close


For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

Return to Previous Page