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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.

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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.

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Films

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

  • Splash Studio
    • Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      • Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
        • Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
          • Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
            • Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
              • Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
                • Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
                  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
                    • Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
                      This summer, the Art Splash Studio takes over Make Stuff every Wednesday Night. Enjoy a different art project every week for visitors of all ages! Art supplies will be provided.

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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: Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden
    • 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.

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.

  • 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, 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.

"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, July 15, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

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!

Artist Talk with Anthony Campuzano
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Starts at 7:15 p.m.
Location: Gallery 179

Join us for a casual, gallery conversation with contemporary artist Anthony Campuzano as he discusses his newly-installed artwork, Forecast.

Collecting and Connecting
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of stories about building personal and museum collections. Hear from curators about several unique and superb collections in the galleries. Meet Philadelphia-based collectors, and learn about the beloved objects they have acquired over the years.

Possession, Obsession, Collection Slam with First Person Arts
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Gallery 283

In the spirit of collecting, First Person Arts storytellers share personal stories on the theme of "Obsession," backed by members of the improvisational classical music group Murmuration. And, if you’re game, there will be time for five audience storytellers to share their own tales of "obsession."

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Workshops

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

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Sewing the Tomato Patch
Friday, August 21, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Paid reservations required
$20 ($15 members)
Call 1-800-235-SHOW (7469) to reserve tickets

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
Sunday, August 30, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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.

Call 215-235-7469 to reserve your ticket.

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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 .

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