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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.


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 CollegeFest is Saturday, September 12, 2015 >>

CollegeFest 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Free admission with student ID

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be participating in the annual CollegeFest on Saturday, September 12th, 2015. Now in its 29th year, CollegeFest 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.

CollegeFest's main location is Dilworth Park, next to City Hall. Students can enjoy live entertainment, delicious food trucks, and receive free goodies from various vendors throughout the city. Students can then stroll down the Parkway or ride the PHLASH bus (free for college students) and visit the Philadelphia Museum of art. Students can experience more than 200 galleries and take in the Museum’s extraordinary permanent collection including masterpieces by Monet and Cézanne to Brancusi and Duchamp. Students can participate in scavenger hunts and door prizes, so make sure the Philadelphia Museum of Art is on your agenda!


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

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Dina Wind Power of Art Conversation: The Digital Experience
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Join the Museum's George D. Widener Director and CEO Timothy Rub, Lucy Schwartz of Google Art, and artist Mark Tribe, founder of Rhizome, as they discuss art in the digital age—with moderator Erica Battle, our John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art.

A free public reception with refreshments follows.

This lecture is a Power of Art program, sponsored by The Wind Foundation.

A Conversation with Dave Heath
Saturday, September 19, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Honickman and Berman Galleries, ground floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Photographer Dave Heath’s sensitive explorations of loss, pain, love, and hope reveal him to be one of the most original photographers of the 1950s and 1960s. Join Dave Heath; Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Keith Davis, Senior Curator of Photography, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, for an illuminating discussion of the artist’s work.

Conversation will be followed by a book signing in the Museum Store.

Annual Library Lecture - The Art of Oral History: Artists, Discovery, and New Connections
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Reservations required

Guest Speaker: Kate Haw, Director, Archives of American Art
Join Timothy Rub in conversation with Kate Haw as they discuss the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art's Oral History Program. Featured Philadelphia artists will speak about the program--which captures spoken recollections of artists, dealers, and others in the American art community--and how the recordings provide unique insights into their lives and work.

RSVP by September 22 to Erica Land at 215-684-7750 or .

Artist Talk: Ephemerality: From Murals to Museums
Sunday, October 4, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Join artists Odili Donald Odita, Michelle Angela Ortiz, and Caledonia Curry (aka SWOON) in a discussion about ephemeral media, street art, and museums.

In collaboration with the Mural Arts Program’s Open Source project.

Artist on Artist Talk: Shepard Fairey on Jasper Johns
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall

Trailblazing LA-based artist Shepard Fairey, whose practice expands from street art to the global OBEY Giant enterprise, will expound upon the influential work of Jasper Johns, whose own pioneering practice encompasses painting, sculpture, and printmaking that inventively utilizes materials, repetition and personal mythology.

This program is in collaboration with the Mural Arts Program’s Open Source project.

7th Annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium

New perspectives are presented on the sources and influence of Prometheus Bound by Peter Paul Rubens. Offered in conjunction with The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian. The 2015 Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium is organized by the History of Art Department of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Generous support is provided by C. K. Williams, II, Gr ’78, HON ’97.
  • Keynote Lecture
    • Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

      Eric Jan Sluijter, from the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age, explores the artists’ terrifying paintings.
  • Scholars Present
    • Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Location: Rose Recital Hall (Fisher-Bennett Hall 419), University of Pennsylvania (34th and Walnut Streets)

      Leading scholars consider the importance of the myth of Prometheus in the early modern period, Rubens’s inspirations, and the impact of the painting on European artists in the seventeenth century.

      • Afterthoughts on the Prado Exhibition, Las Furias
        Miguel Falomir Faus, Museo del Prado

      • The Paradox of Promethean Creativity
        Fredrika Jacobs, Virginia Commonwealth University

      • Goltzius, Rubens, and Artistic Rivalry: Seventeenth-Century Views on Citing and Emulating Another Artist's Work
        Anna Tummers, Frans Hals Museum

      • Lunch Break

      • Rubens and the Third Dimension: Exploring his Sculptural Sources
        David Jaffé, Independent Curator, formerly Senior Curator at the National Gallery, London

      • Prometheus and the Eagle
        Aneta Georgievska-Shine, University of Maryland

      • Put a Bird on it: A Case for Emulation and Collaboration in Jordaens's Prometheus
        Michele Frederick, University of Delaware

      The symposium is co-organized by Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania and Christopher D. M. Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Object Lessons: New Thinking about Still Life
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Prominent specialists come together to share their latest thinking on the genre of still life.

  • Symposium
    • Friday, October 23, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      $36 ($30 members, free to students with valid i.d.)
      Price includes Keynote lecture and special exhibition ticket (valid until 5 p.m.)
  • Keynote Lecture
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Things that Mean Things: Objects and Inventory in American Art
    $10 ($8 members, free for students with i.d., free for Circle Level members and above)

    With Adam Gopnik, essayist and staff writer for The New Yorker
    Still life paintings have always been filled with things. Have American artists used the things of this world in a special way, different from other, European traditions? In this lecture, Adam Gopnik will talk about the history of objects in American art, and show how artists from the very beginnings of American art have had a special interest in the unalloyed, empirical scrutiny of things for their own sake.

    This lecture is the keynote to the Symposium "Object Lessons: New Thinking about Still Life" and is supported by the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Printmaking Now
Sunday, November 1, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Although we live in the digital age, print continues to have urgency and ubiquity in contemporary art and society. In honor of The Print Center's anniversary, Sarah Suzuki, from the Museum of Modern Art, will lead a discussion exploring the inventive uses of print with some of today’s most intriguing artists.

Offered in conjunction with Print Love: Celebrating The Print Center at 100. This lecture is supported by the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Arnold Newman Lecture: Paul Graham
Friday, November 6, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

The internationally renowned photographer speaks about his work, including his most recent projects photographing his journeys across the United States.

The Arnold Newman Lectures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are generously supported by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation.


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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