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Parkway 100

September 8, 2017–November 16, 2018

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway turns 100 this year. Mark this milestone with Parkway 100, a 14-month, citywide celebration of our world-famous boulevard.

A great public space, the Parkway is rich in art, culture, science, and education. Join us in the coming months for a series of programs and exhibitions on the centennial theme of “Collections and Connections.”


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Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Meet in the Great Stair Hall, near gallery 151.

An artwork takes center stage during a participatory gallery conversation.

Facilitated by Museum educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania
  • Mermaid, 1896, by Edvard Munch
    • Thursday, February 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Photomural of temple from Khajuraho, with stone sculptures
    • Thursday, March 1, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Temple of the Attainment of Happiness (Shōfukuji), 1398, Japanese
    • Thursday, March 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Villa at Caprarola, 1746, by Claude-Joseph Vernet
    • Thursday, March 15, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Fruit Piece with Peaches Covered with a Handkerchief, 1819, by Raphaelle Peale
    • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • A Lady and Her Children Relieving a Cottager, 1781, by William Redmore Bigg
    • Thursday, March 29, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 30, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 31, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Vanitas, 1661, by N. L. Peschier
    • Thursday, April 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 7, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saint Francis Defeats the Antichrist, c. 1691–92, by Cristóbal de Villalpando
    • Thursday, April 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Making a Train, 1867, by Seymour Joseph Guy
    • Thursday, April 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Exclusive Look: Building the City Beautiful
Saturday, February 24, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Perelman Media Room, Perelman Building
SOLD OUT

Historian David Brownlee discusses the newest edition of his book Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum of Art . Hear his latest discoveries about the Parkway, including the appearance of the area before demolition and architect Julian Abele’s role in the design of the Museum and the Free Library.

Music in the Galleries
d’Harnoncourt Gallery 182, 1st floor

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • More Than Meets the Eye
    • Saturday, March 10, 2018, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      The revolutionary art world of Marcel Duchamp fuses with a magnetic program of contemporary flute music performed by Emma Resmini.

      ​Curtis Institute of Music performances are generously supported by Cooke & Beiler, LP.
  • Cultural Greetings
    • Saturday, April 7, 2018, Starts at 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
      Enjoy works by composers influenced by Chinese traditional music and Western classical music, including Chen Yi, composer-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music.

      ​Curtis Institute of Music performances are generously supported by Cooke & Beiler, LP.

Nine Decades & Counting
Monday, March 26, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Free for members and their guests

We’ve been in our building on Fairmount—a Philly icon—for ninety years. Help us celebrate nine decades on the Parkway with a day of guided tours, art making, and sneak peeks into our big dig.

Make Stuff
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
​Join us for a hands-on art making project to celebrate the Museum’s 90th birthday.

Tours: Architecture of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (tours start every half hour)
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer), ground floor.
​Discover the fascinating history of our landmark building set amid Philadelphia’s urban landscape.

Members-Only: Hard Hat Experience
2:00–4:00 p.m.
Members, get an exclusive look at our new Frank Gehry–designed dining area during its construction. Go on a hard hat walk-through and explore elements of the Core Project before its completion. For location details, check in with a Visitor Services Assistant upon arrival. First come, first served. Please note: The space is not fully accessible as it is an active construction zone. Flat, closed-toed shoes are required. You must be over 13 years of age to take part in this tour.

Architecture of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Monday, March 26, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer), ground floor). Tours start every half hour.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
Free for members and their guests

​Discover the fascinating history of our landmark building set amid Philadelphia’s urban landscape.

Member Outing: Parkway 100
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).
Membership Required
Paid reservations required
On sale to Circle-level members on February 15 and all members on March 1
$38 members; $45 member guests (includes transportation, guided tour, and light refreshments)

Celebrate the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial with a trolley trip down the scenic boulevard. Enjoy an intimate conversation with Mural Arts artist Miriam Singer at her new mural at Park Towne Place. Then tour the exhibition Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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Related Exhibitions

Old Masters Now: Encounter treasures by the likes of Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt, and Monet.

Rodin’s The Kiss: Passion in the hands of a master sculptor.

Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950: See how Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, and others forged bold new styles to fit the times.

To learn more about this citywide celebration, visit www.parkway100.org.




Banner image: Philadelphia Museum of Art: Perspective from Southeast, 1917–18, attributed to Julian Francis Abele, American, 1881–1950 (Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives)

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