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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.


CollegeFest

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.


Symposia

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

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

A masterpiece 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
  • Study for a Ceiling with the Coronation of the Virgin, c. 1750–60, by Gaspare Diziani
    • Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Sounding Reveille, c. 1871, by Winslow Homer
    • Thursday, October 26, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, October 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 28, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Fireplace and Doorway, 1935–38, by Wharton Esherick
    • Thursday, November 2, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, November 3, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tapestry Showing the Marriage of Constantine and Fausta, 1623–25, designed by Peter Paul Rubens
    • Thursday, November 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, November 10, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The Knight, Death, and the Devil, 1513, by Albrecht Dürer
    • Thursday, November 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, November 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The Birth of Venus, 1635 or 1636, by Nicolas Poussin
    • Thursday, November 30, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, December 1, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Samson and Delilah, c. 1507, by Lucas van Leyden
    • Thursday, December 7, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, December 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Portrait of the Artist's Mother, 1897, by Henry Ossawa Tanner
    • Thursday, December 14, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, December 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, December 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Reception Hall from the Palace of Duke Zhao, 17th century, Chinese
    • Thursday, January 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 5, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • The City, 1919, by Fernand Léger
    • Thursday, January 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Portrait of Pope Pius VII and Cardinal Caprara, c. 1805, by Jacques-Louis David
    • Thursday, January 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 19, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Grand Salon of the Château de Draveil, c. 1735, French
    • Thursday, January 25, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, January 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Sasanian Portal, Sasanid dynasty, mid-6th century
    • Thursday, February 1, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Making a Train, 1867, by Seymour Joseph Guy
    • Thursday, February 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Vishnu Begins the World, around 1600s–1700s, unknown artist
    • Thursday, February 15, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 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.

PHLA Kitchen Events
Perelman Café, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Join the culinary artists of PHLA Kitchen for informal events about dishes featured on their menu.

Madura Chaudhari, owner of Chai Bar, shares samples of traditional masala chai and Kashmiri pink chai as well as family-friendly stories.
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 22, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 28, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 29, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 19, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 25, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (CANCELED)
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Grower Series: Transcending Place, Creating Culture
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

An afternoon dedicated to growers from the Asian, African, and Latin American diasporas in Philadelphia. Enjoy demonstrations, film screenings, live music, art-making, culinary events, guest speakers, and more.

​Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

On Gentrification and Displacement
Saturday, October 21, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​A daylong series of programs about gentrification and displacement

Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Celebrating Activism—A Philadelphia Forum
Sunday, October 29, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Reservations required
Admission to the Perelman Building is Pay What You Wish.

A forum celebrating the various forms in which activism manifests today and into the future

​Led by members of the Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia and moderated by Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym. Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Eda G. Diskant Memorial Lecture: The Encyclopedia, the Museum, and the Collection
Friday, November 3, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission
$35 (members free) for this lecture and the Nov. 4 symposium “Have to Have It: Philadelphians Collect (1850–1930)”; includes Museum admission

Historian Steven Conn of Miami University examines the relationship between the encyclopedias that museums aspired to be and the collections that formed the basis of their displays at the turn of the twentieth century.

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6:00 p.m.: Registration
6:15 p.m.: Opening remarks by Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Museum of Art
6:30 p.m.: Lecture: “The Encyclopedia, the Museum, and the Collection” by Steve Conn, Miami University

This is the keynote lecture to the symposium “Have to Have It: Philadelphians Collect (1850–1930),” which continues on Saturday, November 4. Cohosted with the Frick Collection Center for the History of Collecting.

This lecture is supported by The Robert and Eda G. Diskant Memorial Endowment.

Have to Have It: Philadelphians Collect (1850–1930)
Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (members free); includes Museum admission
$35 (members free) for the Nov. 3 lecture with art historian Steven Conn and this symposium; includes Museum admission

Join us for a symposium on collecting in Gilded Age Philadelphia. Topics include collectors John G. Johnson, Peter A. B. and Joseph Widener, and Dr. Albert C. Barnes and the role played by fairs, museums, advisors, and department stores in setting patterns of collecting in the city.

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9:30 a.m.: Registration

9:45 a.m.: Welcome from Inge Reist, The Frick Collection


Morning Session: The Lure of the Old Masters

10:00 a.m.: “John G. Johnson: Lawyer, Collector, Philadelphian,” Jennifer Thompson, the Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art

10:30 a.m.: “The French Connection: Joseph Bonaparte, Point Breeze, and Old Masters Come to Bordentown,” Yuriko Jackall, National Gallery of Art

11:00 a.m.: Break

11:25 a.m.: “The Last American Versailles: The Widener Collection at Lynnewood Hall,” Esmée Quodbach, The Frick Collection

12:15 p.m.: Questions from the audience

12:30 p.m.: Lunch on your own


Afternoon Session: Looking Beyond the Old Masters

1:40 p.m.: Welcome from Richard L. Kagan, Johns Hopkins University

1:45 p.m.: “Collecting American Art in Philadelphia in the Age of John G. Johnson,” Kathleen A. Foster, Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art and Director, Center for American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

2:15 p.m.: “Collecting Classical Antiquities in the Athens of America,” Ann Blair Brownlee, Penn Museum

2:45 p.m.: “The Language of the Brush into the Language of Money: John Wanamaker and the Intersections of Collecting and Commerce,” Sara Tarter, University of Birmingham

3:15 p.m.: Break

3:40 p.m.: “Is Art an Armchair?” Elizabeth Milroy, Drexel University

4:10 p.m.: “A Mentor for Dr. Barnes: John G. Johnson and a Culture of Collecting in Philadelphia,” Brian Seymour, Community College of Philadelphia

4:50 p.m.: Questions from the audience

5:10 p.m.: “Giving Others Their Due: Philadelphia Collectors After Johnson,” panel discussion with Richard L. Kagan, Inge Reist, and Jennifer Thompson

Cohosted with the Frick Collection Center for the History of Collecting

Alumni Ex-Offender Association Meetings
Julien Levy Gallery, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​The Alumni Ex-Offenders Association engages the public in a dialogue to explore the evolution of mass incarceration on a personal, familial, and communal level.

​Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Insights into Contemporary Korean Craft
Sunday, November 5, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$5 (free for members); includes Museum admission

​Hyeyoung Cho, organizing curator of the guest artist program at this year's Craft Show, previews works by Korean artists featured in the exhibit.

Stroller Tour
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Best for grown-ups with babies

Parents and caregivers with babes in tow are always welcome in our galleries, and we're making it a bit easier for you with our stroller tours. If the baby fusses don't fret---you'll be in good company.

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Inside Look: Old Masters Now
Meet in the Dorrance Galleries; first come, first served

Stories behind the works, from the people who know them best.

  • A Curator’s Perspective: John G. Johnson
    • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      Discover the man behind the Johnson Collection with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
  • Creation Made Visible
    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
      • Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
        Examine the painter’s process through imaging technology with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Debuts and Discoveries from Storage
      • Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        Discover newly conserved paintings that haven’t been on view in decades with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
    • Sketching Outdoors with Constable, Courbet, and Monet
      • Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
        • Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          Consider the logistics and challenges of painting outside with Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture & Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Between Our World and the Picture’s
        • Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          Explore how frames set the stage in paintings with Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation.​ This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
      • Bosch/Not Bosch
        • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
          • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
            ​Delve into the question of who made a painting and how do we know with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives; and Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Keeping Up with El Greco
          • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            Investigate two compelling works by the Greek master with Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings; and Mark Castro, Consulting Curator of Latin American Art. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.
        • Unveiling Titian
          • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
            • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
              Join Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings, for a conversation about the recently restored Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection.

Tour of Student Design Competition
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
By invitation only
Free for invitees

Take a tour of the annual Collab Student Design Competition, led by one of the judges, and see what the next generation imagines for interiors of the future. “Grand Gesture” asks entrants to create an eye-catching piece of furniture that becomes the focal point of the room. See entries, in the form of scale models, and enjoy a Collab members-only reception.

Roz Perry Memorial Lecture: Exhibiting Intimacy: Rodin, Sex & Modern Sculpture
Friday, November 17, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Paid tickets required
$20 (free for members); includes Museum admission

Art historian David Getsy discusses Auguste Rodin’s themes of sexuality and love, and explores how they influenced his reputation and development as a modern artist.

On Climate Change
Saturday, December 2, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Perelman Building, Perelman Auditorium
Free tickets required
Admission to the Perelman Building is Pay What You Wish

This panel discussion brings together artists, advocates, and researchers to speak about climate change and sustainability with a specific focus on seeds. Also includes seed-selling and seed-swapping activities.

​Led by Ron Whyte of Deep Green Philly and Nate Kleinman and Dusty Hinz of Experimental Farm Network. Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Workshop and Discussion with Black Quantum Futurism & People’s Paper Co-op
Saturday, December 9, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Skylit Atrium & Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Philadelphia Assembled collaborators Black Quantum Futurism and the People’s Paper Co-op host two workshops utilizing the PHLA City Panorama. A discussion on the role of collaboration in community work and artistic practice follows.

3:00–5:00 p.m.: Panorama Workshop, Skylit Atrium
6:00–7:30 p.m.: Discussion, Perelman Auditorium

In the Artist’s Voice: Jas Knight
Sunday, January 21, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries

Contemporary painter Jas Knight shares how he uses the styles and processes of the old masters to reflect on black experience.

​Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Community Conversation: Arts Advocacy
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Gallery 169
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

In a politically charged climate, what role should the arts play?

Nailed It: Behind the Scenes with Furniture Conservation
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associate Sponsor level members and above

​Hear from our conservators about what goes into the study, preservation, and restoration of objects in our woodwork and furniture collection. Also discover the use and origin of some of their favorite objects.​

Lunch and Learn: The Art of East Asia
Monday, March 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level members and above

Hear from curators of East Asian art about the transformative reinstallation of these galleries. Also learn about their favorite works and new discoveries as they prepare for an upcoming exhibition. You’ll leave with a fresh understanding of one of our most beloved collections.​​

Step into Unknown India
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
By invitation only
Free for Techné members

​​​Explore a gallery dedicated to visionary collector Stella Kramrisch, and go behind the scenes in our private art storage with Darielle Mason, The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, and project collaborator Pika Ghosh.​

Breakfast Tour of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Friday, May 4, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Great Stair Hall
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level sponsor and above

​​Join us for a morning of modernism. Enjoy guided tours of the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 accompanied by breakfast in the Great Stair Hall.​

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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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