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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 - Thomas Eakins
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Explore the works of the master painter and Philadelphia native, Thomas Eakins.

  • Saturday, September 20, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Starts at 6:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Fairmount Water Works
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in West Entrance (Lenfest Hall)

Join Park House Guides on a tour of the Fairmount Water Works.

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, September 25, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, October 10, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • 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.

Exclusive Look: In Dialogue: Wolfgang Tillmans
Saturday, September 27, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Perelman Media Room
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Circle Level and above. Space is limited.

Join Nathaniel Stein, the Horace W. Goldsmith Curatorial Fellow in Photography, in celebrating the recent acquisition of Nachtstilleben (Night Still Life), a large-scale color photograph by the internationally renowned contemporary photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. Stein will speak about connections between Tillmans’ work and photographs, prints, and sculptures from the permanent collection.

Members Tour - Jewish Connections
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

This tour explores Jewish art, in its many facets, from venerable 17th-century masterpieces to today’s most cutting-edge creations.

Members Tour - Is All That Glitters Gold?
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.

  • Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

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 8, 2014, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Friday, October 17, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 26, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Bus Trip: Historic Cape May
Sunday, October 12, 2014
7:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Bus departs from West Entrance
Membership Required
Reservations required
$140 per member; $150 per member guest, includes transportation, guided tour, a prix fixe lunch and all gratuities. Space is limited, and reservations required. Program fee is nonrefundable. On sale to Museum Circle members August 11 and all members August 25, 2014.

This quaint Victorian seashore town is famous for its architectural riches and maritime heritage. Join us as we explore Cape May's Historic District and dine on the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. The day will also include free time to explore a craft and antique show.

Members Tour - Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, October 15, 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.

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 16, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Preview - Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography
Friday, October 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Sustainer members and above)
12:00 - 5:00 p.m. (all members)

Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:00 - 5:00 p.m. (all members)

Sunday, October 19, 2014
10:00 - 5:00 p.m. (all members)
Location: Dorrance Galleries, main building, first floor

Experience the exhibition days before it opens to the public during our private Members’ Previews. During this time, members have exclusive access to the exhibition galleries for a free first look of Paul Strand’s powerful work.

Members Lecture- Paul Strand in Context
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Seminar Room

Be introduced to Paul Strand and the unique lens with which he photographed the early twentieth century. This program is hosted by exhibition curator Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center.

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.

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.

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.
Perelman Architecture Tour
Saturday, September 27, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tour meets in the Perelman Lobby.
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free Young Friends event. YF Preservation Alliance Members $8. Space is limited.

Join the Young Friends as they partner with the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia to explore the Perelman Building, the most richly embellished example of Art Deco architecture to be erected in Philadelphia in the 1920s. Following the tour, head up Fairmount Avenue for a happy hour at Jack's, located in a 19th century Firehouse.

Young Friends Family Event: Arms and Armor
Saturday, October 4, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Committee Room and Galleries
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free Young Friends event. Free for children 12 and under. Space is limited.

Share your love of art with the children in your life and join us for a closer look at one of the Museum's most beloved collections. You and your little guests will meet Dirk Breiding, the J.J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms & Armor, to get an up-close encounter with select Museum objects, followed by a tour of the galleries, all centered on arms and armor made for children.

Young Friends Meet and Greet
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room, ground floor
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free Young Friends event; guests are free after Museum admission. Space is limited.

Join us for a social evening of networking and learning. This event will give you the opportunity to meet the Young Friends Executive Board and learn why our program is your gateway to cultural engagement, philanthropy, and the Museum’s collection of world class art.

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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