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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.


Let the good times roll with music, dance, and cabaret.

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Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit
Friday, July 1, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Experience the sounds of Uganda with this composer and multi-instrumentalist.

Bakithi Kumalo
Friday, July 8, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This acclaimed bassist and composer—who was featured on Paul Simon’s Graceland album—presents an evening of South African–inflected jazz.

Luke Carlos O'Reilly
Friday, July 15, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Nationally-renowned pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly premieres his ensemble of local jazz talent.

Peter Beets
Friday, July 22, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This Dutch pianist shows off his impeccable technique and sense of swing.

Joanna Pascale
Friday, July 29, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Sway to the rich jazz sounds of one of the premier vocalists on the East Coast.

Jabali Afrika
Friday, August 5, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Revel in the powerful sounds of Afro-rock band Jabali Afrika.

Thana Alexa
Friday, August 12, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Discover the talents of this rising star on the modern vocal jazz scene.

Oran Etkin featuring Lionel Loueke
Friday, August 19, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Renowned Israeli jazz composer Oran Etkin is joined by West African guitarist Lionel Loueke.

Supported by The Consulate of Israel in Philadelphia.

Korey Riker
Friday, August 26, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Back from a year of touring with John Legend, this Philly-based sax player wows with a smooth mix of neo-soul, R&B, gospel, and hip hop.


Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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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.

  • Sunflowers, 1888 or 1889, by Vincent van Gogh
    • Thursday, July 7, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, July 8, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, July 9, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Fountain, 1950 (replica of 1917 original), by Marcel Duchamp
    • Thursday, August 4, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, August 5, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, August 6, 2016, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

8th Annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium

What if a museum collection was treated like a musical or choreographic score—existing both as a historical document and as the material for an interpretive performance that could be played at any moment? Join us for this thought experiment at the eighth annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: Museum as Score. We’ll discuss how the perception of the museum as a static archive is upended in today’s cultural context in which durational, event-based, and experimental artworks, exhibitions, projects, and programs are on the rise.

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  • Saturday, September 10, 2016, Starts at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 11, 2016, Starts at 10:00 a.m.


Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

Drop in and draw from Rodin’s masterpieces. Materials provided.

  • Saturday, July 9, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Wednesday Nights

Experience the unexpected every Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m., when Museum admission is Pay What You Wish.

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Wednesday Nights, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Every week, you'll find different games in the galleries. Play with your friends or with other Museum visitors. We supply the games and instructions; you do the rest!

Make Stuff
Wednesday Nights, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

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.


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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