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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 - Indian Deities
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Explore influential Indian figures and symbols including the Elephant-Headed Ganesha.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Exclusive Look: American Victorian Gallery Reinstalled
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Starts at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Program meets in Lenfest Hall (West Lobby)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Circle Level and above. Space is limited.

During the late 19th century new opportunities to train and exhibit abroad showcased American artists on an international stage and encouraged new cultural exchange. Jennifer Parsons, Barra Fellow in American Art, will explore these ideas as she discusses the reinstallation of our American Victorian Gallery, which includes works by Eakins, Homer, Tanner, and Sargent.

Members Tour - Rodin Museum
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Tours meet at the Rodin Museum.

Restored to its original splendor, join us as we explore this Museum’s remarkable ensemble of architecture, landscape, and sculpture.

Members Tour - Treasures from Korea
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Experience a collection of Korean masterpieces in this full-scale survey devoted to the art of the celebrated Joseon dynasty (1392–1910).

  • Friday, April 25, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 8, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 18, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 22, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Cleopatra's Artistic Legacy
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Learn how pieces from the Museum's collection can be traced to ancient Egypt and the legacy of the last Egyptian pharaoh.

The Philadelphia Antiques Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
Monday, April 28, 2014
Starts at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Associates and above
To RSVP, contact the Associates office at 215-684-7766 or .

Founded in 1962, the Philadelphia Antiques Show is one of the longest-running antiques shows in the country. Enjoy all-day complimentary admission and experience special access with our American art curatorial staff to learn more about the diverse furnishings and decorative arts for both the period and modern American home.

If These Walls Could Talk: The History of Your Museum
Sunday, May 4, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members Free. Member guests $8.

This quarterly program is designed for both new and longstanding members. Independent art historian, Elizabeth A. Anderson will help you discover the Museum’s rich history, from our Centennial Exhibition origins to our transition into the new millennium. Members Free. Member guests $8. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Members Tour - Art of the Netherlands
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

From Van Eyck to Van Gogh, explore Dutch themes and artists in our collection

  • Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, May 30, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Costume and Textiles Unveiled
Thursday, May 8, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Perelman Building
Membership Required
Reservations required
Patron Members and above free. Space is limited.

Established in 1893, the Museum’s Department of Costume and Textiles boasts what has become one of oldest and largest collections of its kind in the nation, numbering more than 30,000 pieces. Patron members are invited to learn more about the rich history of this area of the Museum from Laura Camerlengo, the Costume and Textiles Exhibitions Assistant.

Members Tour - Women in Art
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Free for Members
Space is limited, and reservations are required.

Whether artist or subject, women have played many roles and made many contributions to the ideals of femininity throughout the history of art.

Please note that the Race for the Cure takes place on Mother’s Day, May 11th. Members attending the tour on that date should leave plenty of extra time to allow for increased traffic near the Museum. Alternative driving directions >>
  • Friday, May 9, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 11, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Annual Chairman’s Council and Associates Sponsor Luncheon
Monday, May 12, 2014
Starts at 12:00 p.m.
Location: Perelman Building
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Associate Sponsors and above
To RSVP, contact the Associates office at 215-684-7766 or .

Celebrate the invaluable impact of your annual support on the Museum’s day-to-day activities during this special luncheon with Museum leadership and curators.

Associates Day Trip to New York City: Museum of Art and Design and The Morgan Library and Museum
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Starts at 7:00 a.m.
Location: Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Associates and above. Limited to 25 participants. $175 per person
To RSVP, contact the Associates office at 215-684-7766 or .

Explore the intersection of art, craft, and design at the Museum of Art and Design with Elisabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts. Enjoy lunch at The Morgan Library and Museum in J. P. Morgan’s original family room, and witness the $4.5 million refurbishment of the 1906 McKim building’s majestic interiors that restored and refreshed the historic center of the institution. We will view the Morgan’s astonishing collection of objects in virtually every medium, including rare books, manuscripts, drawings, prints, and ancient artifacts.

Members Bus Trip: The Society of Illustrators and the Newark Museum
Thursday, May 15, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Bus departs from West Entrance
Membership Required
Reservations required
$165 per member; $175 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 March 10 and all members March 31, 2014.

Join us for a picture perfect day as we explore the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators and dine within its Hall of Fame Gallery. The day will continue with a visit to the Newark Museum for a guided tour of American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell.

Members Tour - Waterworks
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Free for Members
Space is limited, and reservations are required.

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

  • Friday, May 16, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, May 23, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

This tour is perfect for first-time or long standing members, providing an overview of some of the Museum's most renowned treasures in a variety of mediums.

Curator Tour: Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
Location: Perelman Building
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Associates and above. Limited to 25 participants.
To RSVP, contact the Associates office at 215-684-7766 or .

Join Dilys Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles, for an up-close look at the retrospective of the work by Paris-based, African American fashion designer Patrick Kelly. Runway of Love consists of some eighty fully accessorized ensembles dating from 1984 to 1990 as well as selections from Kelly’s significant collection of black memorabilia, photographs by renowned artists including Horst P. Horst, Annie Leibovitz, Pierre et Gilles, Oliviero Toscani, and William Klein, and videos of the designer’s exuberant fashion shows.

  • Friday, May 23, 2014, Starts at 10:30 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Art in Focus: The South Asian Art Collection
Saturday, June 14, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tour meets in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Members. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Join Mekala Krishnan, The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Fellow in Indian and Himalayan Art, to tour this important Museum collection and learn about a major project to fully renovate, reinstall and create new interpretive materials for the galleries of South Asian Art.

Associates Symposium with Museum Leadership
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Associates and above
To RSVP, contact the Associates office at 215-684-7766 or .

Join us for a festive reception and intimate conversation with Museum leadership and let us celebrate you as we wrap up another fantastic year with The Associates! Bring your questions!

Members’ Preview Art Splash
Friday, June 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: East Balcony, second floor
Membership Required
Free for Members
Member guests free after general admission. Advance reservations are not required.

Join us for the exclusive Members' Art Splash opening celebration. You and your young guests will be among the first to experience our summer extravaganza. This summer the festivities will take place in the Museum’s main building and families can “Meet the Masterpieces” as ten treasures from the Museum come to life.

Members’ Preview: Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Friday, June 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor
Membership Required
Free for Members
Member guests $20 (includes general admission). Advance reservations are not required.

Presented for the first time in this exhibition is the comprehensive design for the renewal and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by internationally celebrated architect Frank O. Gehry. Members are invited to be the among the first to learn more about this great building and how this project proposes both to conserve and improve it.

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: Michael Snow: Photo-Centric
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends Members

Join Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, to learn of Snow's prolific and multi-disciplinary career in which he has employed photography in unique and innovative ways.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Starts at 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Young Friends Tour: Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tour meets in the West Lobby.
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends Members

Join us for a Young Friends -only tour walking tour of the Museum's Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Free Young Friends event. Space for the tour is limited, and reservations are required.

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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