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College programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are designed to appeal to a diverse audience of students, from groups of friends on a weekend visit to specific classes on organized academic tours.

Museum Studies Internship Program

The Museum Studies Internship Program is an unpaid volunteer internship opportunity that exposes interns to the inner workings of a major metropolitan museum, promoting an awareness of careers in the field through experiences not available in most academic settings. The Museum selects a diverse group of talented undergraduate and graduate students from a highly competitive, international pool of candidates.

College Tours

The Museum encourages college group tours of the galleries. Self-guided tours are an easy way to transfer an established classroom dynamic to a new and exciting learning environment. Knowledgeable Museum staff members are also available for guided tours that can address a wide range of curricular topics.

Please book in advance. Prearranging your tour will expedite the admissions process. For reservations, please call (215) 684-7580.

  • Museum Staff-Led Tours are offered Tuesdays through Fridays, 12:00–4:00 p.m. There is a $75 lecture fee plus $12 admission per student with valid ID. These tours must be booked at least one month in advance and are subject to staff availability.
  • Self-Guided Tours are offered Tuesdays through Sundays, 12:00–4:00 p.m. There is a $12 admission fee per student with valid ID. These tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

College Day

Join over 2,000 national and international students for a day of exhibitions, special programs, and tours at some of the city’s most exciting cultural centers.

This year's College Day is Saturday, September 28, 2013 >>

College Day on the Parkway

Saturday, September 28 2013
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free admission for college students with valid ID

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be participating in the annual College Day on Saturday, September 28th, 2013. Now in its 27th year, College Day is a daylong festival that offers college students (with valid college ID) free general admission to cultural institutions throughout the city, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Students visiting the Museum on College Day can stroll through more than 200 galleries and take in the Museum’s extraordinary permanent collection including masterpieces by Monet and Cézanne to Brancusi and Duchamp. Stop by the Honickman and Berman Galleries to see the exhibition The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints and check out Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles in Alter Gallery 176.

At the Rodin Museum, students can download an interactive app and enjoy the restored, renovated and reinterpreted gardens and Museum.

For those interested in visiting the Museum year round, discounted memberships are available for full-time students.

More information on Campus Philly’s College Day>>


Explore themes in selected works of art through papers and texts as presented by leading art historians and conservators.

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Artist Conversation - Patrick Kelly's Circle
Sunday, September 28, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Paid tickets required
$25 ($20 members; $10 students with valid ID)

Join supermodel Pat Cleveland, writer Michael Gross, and fashion journalist Carol Mongo in a conversation about Patrick Kelly’s fashion designs and career.

Annual Library Lecture: Ariadne's Thread: Researching the History of Art Collecting
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Located in the Van Pelt Auditorium

More even than its parent field of art history, the history of collecting is richly interdisciplinary and necessitates considerations of a vast array of archival, bibliographic, and photographic material in order to evaluate the socio-economic and political context in which art was bought and sold, coveted or denounced. In this lecture, Inge Reist, Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library, will guide us through the maze that faces researchers who seek to know more about the formation of great art collections.


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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