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Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground

Thursday, March 30, 2017
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Museum admission will be Pay What You Wish.
Does not include admission to American Watercolor

Join us for an all-day open house to mark the official start of our Frank Gehry–designed renovations. Enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, conversations with Museum staff, and refreshments.

For questions, contact the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Rendering by Gehry Partners

We’re Having a Little Work Done

We’ve just started a series of building renovations that we call the “Core Project.” This major effort will take until 2020 and will culminate in removing the auditorium and opening up the center of the Museum. This will add 23,000 square feet of new galleries for American and contemporary art. We’ll also upgrade century-old building systems and open stunning new public spaces, including the North Entrance, the Vaulted Walkway, the Forum, and education classrooms and studios.

Great Stair Hall

Grab a Snack, Have a Seat

Enjoy a short film about the Core Project phase of construction, on view all day in the Great Stair Hall, with complimentary coffee and snacks. Grab a bite, relax, and discover more about our transformation.


Hard-Hat Tours*

Sneak peek; limited capacity
Go on a behind-the-scenes tour. Same-day tickets available at the Visitor Services Desks on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours depart from Lenfest Hall every half hour, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

* Includes a visit to the Vaulted Walkway, a construction zone partially exposed to the elements. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable, flat, closed-toed shoes. This space is not fully accessible. Visitors who cannot access the space or are unable to attend will be able to enjoy a virtual experience on iPads. This tour is restricted to ages 14 and above.

Conversations in the Galleries

Conversations in the Galleries

Chat with curators, educators, and guides about our transformation and what it means for their work. Come prepared with your burning questions about the Museum and our future.

See the Architectural Model

Frank Gehry’s Vision for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Drop by gallery 154 (just off the Great Stair Hall) and explore Frank Gehry’s architectural model of the building, large renderings of future spaces, and more changes in store for the Museum.

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