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Member Events & Programs

Members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are invited to enhance their experiences at the Museum through a variety of exclusive opportunities including tours which highlight the permanent collection, special exhibition preview days, and bus trips and enrichment programs which provide both social and educational opportunities to engage with other Museum members.
Members Tour - Constantine Tapestries
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Learn about the history and creation of the Museum’s medieval carpets and European tapestries.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 26, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Scandalous
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Of course art is beautiful and uplifting, but it can also be downright scandalous. So join us, as we reveal the controversies inherent in each brushstroke, nude, and artistic impulse.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Discover history’s most notable and elite through period rooms, decorative arts and portraits.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 30, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, October 31, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

A Triumphant Return: The Gross Clinic Reinstalled
Friday, October 24, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Membership Required
Reservations required
$20 per event or $35 for series.

A two part Members-only series that takes you behind the scenes on the triumphant return of Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic to the Museum’s newly reinstalled American art galleries.

Part 1: Meet the conservator, Mark Tucker, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings and Vice Chair of Conservation, inside the conservation lab to learn about the milestone conservation treatment he performed on a work regarded as the most important American painting of the nineteenth century.

Part 2: See how it all comes together as you sit in the gallery itself and unlock the puzzles of The Gross Clinic and the diverse selection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative art objects that were chosen to surround it. The Museum looks forward to introducing you to our newly appointed Assistant Director for Interpretation, Josh Helmer, who is sure to share insights on the collection that you thought you knew so well as he leads a private gallery discussion about the reinstallation.

Members Feature: How We've Changed! Trading Places 30 Years Later
Sunday, October 26, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Membership Required
Paid tickets required
Members attend free (Member invited guests $8).

Join film critic Carrie Rickey in conversation with noted cultural and architectural historian George E. Thomas, as they discuss how Philadelphia was portrayed in John Landis's landmark 1983 comedy and how the city has changed in the past three decades.
This program is generously sponsored by Gloria Pasline.

Members Tour - Is All That Glitters Gold?
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Explore the paintings and techniques of the Early Italian and Northern European Renaissance to reveal the truth behind these golden masterpieces.

Member Gallery Event: Craft in America PBS screening
Thursday, October 30, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Gallery 119
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members $8, Space is limited

Join us for this special screening of Craft in America. This Peabody Award-winning series explores America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. The newest episode, Service, is the story of creativity, healing and our nation’s soldiers and veterans. This program will held in the galleries and feature an introduction and Q&A by curator Elisabeth Agro, who is highlighted in the episode.

Members Tour - Surrealism: Before and After
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Take a look at the avant-garde movements of the 20th century and the works that inspired these powerful directions in art.

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, November 7, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, November 14, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - Dining Through the Ages
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Come and whet your appetite for all things food and art. Tour includes, Renaissance feasts, 17th –century Dutch breakfast pieces, and other visual treats that will leave you hungry for more!

  • Thursday, November 6, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Learn about Paul Strand and his photographs of the early twentieth century.

  • Sunday, November 9, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Now offered on the third Wednesday of each month, this members-only tour provides an overview of some of the Museum’s most renowned treasures in a variety of media.

Patrons Early Morning Tours of Paul Strand
Tours meet in West Entrance (Lenfest Hall)

Enjoy early access and a private guided tour of the exhibition before the Museum opens to the public. This is a very special opportunity to experience the artist’s most iconic images.

  • Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Member Appreciation Days
Thursday, November 20 through Saturday, November 22, 2014

As a member, you’re part of the Museum family—an inspired, lively community that shares your love of art—and the support you provide is invaluable. To show our gratitude, we’re hosting Member Appreciation Days, Thursday, November 20– Saturday, November 22. Visit the Museum and take advantage of these exclusive opportunities and offers designed just for you.

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  • Savor double discounts (20%) on dining and shopping.
  • Snag a free members-only tote bag with any purchase in the main Museum Store.
  • Enjoy a free audio tour to reconnect with your favorite works of art.
  • Share your Museum with a gift membership and receive 10% off and a free upgrade to Membership in a Box, which includes a Museum mug packaged in a festive gift box.
  • New this year: Recharge in our pop-up Members’ Hospitality Suite with a complimentary cup of coffee or tea. Created exclusively for our loyal supporters, the suite is your place to relax, learn, and socialize. Open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and located off of the North Auditorium Gallery on the ground floor. Members must show a valid Membership card to gain entry.
  • Museum Circle members ($400+) receive a free parking pass when visiting on one of these days.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014, Starts at 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 21, 2014, Starts at 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014, Starts at 10:00 a.m.

Young Friends Events & Programs

Through a broad range of special events and educational activities organized around the Museum’s world-famous collections, the Young Friends provide a forum for increased appreciation of the arts.
Young Friends Tour - Paul Strand
Friday, November 7, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tours meet in the West Lobby (Lenfest Hall)
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Space for the tour is limited.

Learn about Paul Strand who’s work helped establish photography’s significance as a modern art form, and influenced an entire generation of photographers.

For more information, please contact Membership by phone at 215-684-7840, by fax at 215-235-0042, or by e-mail at .

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