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The Museum is privileged to have several friends groups representing many of its most dedicated supporters. Members of these groups experience an array of programs and events to explore various aspects of the Museum, providing unique opportunities to take an active role in supporting our future.


Collab is a collaboration of design professionals and enthusiasts supporting the modern and contemporary design collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Founded in 1970, Collab is dedicated to enriching the Museum’s collections with outstanding examples of mass-produced and unique designs, and to making the collections accessible to the general public, students, and the design community. Now among the most important in the country, the design collections of more than 2,000 objects range from appliances and furniture to ceramics, glass, posters, wallpapers, and lighting.


Focus: Friends of Photography

Collectors, artists, curators, and other supporters of photography come together to celebrate the Museum’s acclaimed collection of over 33,000 photographs. Members enjoy exclusive access to private collections, artists, curators, insightful lectures, and more. Focus members have the opportunity to vote on potential acquisitions for the permanent collection at the annual Purchase Party.


Techné, Ambassadors for International Craft

Building on the Museum’s rich tradition of acquiring and promoting international craft—ceramics, glass, fiber and textiles, metal, and woodwork—Techné offers specialized programming that will inspire members through stimulating dialogue, the exchange of ideas, and shared experiences.


Women's Committee

The Women’s Committee was founded in 1883 by Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a great-granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin. Mrs. Gillespie was a notable Philadelphian in her own right who organized many philanthropic endeavors including the Women’s Pavilion at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. The present Women’s Committee continues that tradition of community service as an independently chartered volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the Museum.


Young Friends

The Young Friends is a vibrant group of art enthusiasts, committed to supporting the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Members enjoy a diverse schedule of programs including, engaging social events, educational lectures and tours, art-inspired excursions, and enrichment activities especially designed for those ages 21 to 45.

For more information, please contact Development by phone at 215-684-7750, by fax at 215-236-0796, or by e-mail at .

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