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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 - Vaulted Walkway
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

Learn about the Museum of the future. Discuss Frank Gehry's proposed plan and view the beautiful and rarely seen Vaulted Walkway.

  • Saturday, September 5, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Thursday, September 10, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - Portraits Then and Now
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

Get an in-depth look at portraiture from the Renaissance to Picasso and learn how this discipline has transformed over time.

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 17, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Tour - A Walk Through Time
Tours meet at the West Entrance.
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Members.

Where else in Philadelphia can you visit a Medieval Cloister, a 16th-century Indian Temple Hall, the country estates of 18th-century England and France, and a Japanese tea house all in an hour? Nowhere but here! So come, experience the world, and join us as we take a walk through time.

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 19, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

If These Walls Could Talk: The History of Your Museum
Saturday, September 12, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Perelman Media Room
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members Free. Member guests $8. Space is limited.

From our Centennial Exhibition origins to our transition into the new millennium, Independent art historian Elizabeth A. Anderson will give members the hidden stories behind the Museum’s rich holdings.

Members Tour - Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Starts at 6:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

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.

John B. Kelly Memorial Boathouse
Thursday, October 1, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: 10 Kelly Drive Philadelphia, PA 19130
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members and Vesper Club Members $35; Member Guest $40

Uncover the overlapping narratives of Boathouse Row, the sport of rowing, and artists in Philadelphia with Elizabeth Milroy, Professor of Art and Art History, Drexel University. At the reception, meet 2016 Olympic hopefuls who train on the iconic Schuylkill River. Includes transportation from the Museum.

Member Early Morning Access - The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Michelangelo, Titian, and Rubens
Membership Required
Free for Members

For three days, The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian will be closed to the public for two hours each morning, allowing members to experience it up close and in depth with Museum guides. No reservations required.

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 9, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 10, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Art in Focus: The Wrath of the Gods
Saturday, October 10, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: East Balcony
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Sponsor Members and above

Spend the morning enjoying coffee and conversation with Christopher Atkins, The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting & Sculpture before 1900. Gain insights into one of the Museum’s great treasures Prometheus Bound, the masterpieces that inspired Peter Paul Rubens, and the exhibition that brings them all together.

A Fresh Approach to Still Life
Sunday, October 25, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium

Hear how Audubon to Warhol explores the stunning development of still life from its beginnings in the early 1800s to the Pop Art era of the 1960s with exhibition curator Mark D. Mitchell.

Members Bus Trip: The Brooklyn Museum
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Bus departs from West Entrance
Membership Required
Reservations required
$140 per member; $150 per member guest

We invite you to join us as we travel to the heart of one of the most diverse, creative, and exciting urban centers in the world, the borough of Brooklyn. Gain insight into the Brooklyn Museum's renowned collection of ancient Egyptian art on a private tour with an Egyptologist. After a catered lunch enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and make sure to look for sculptures by renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. Includes transportation, guided tour, a prix fixe lunch and all gratuities.

Young Friends Events & Programs

The Young Friends program offers captivating events with curators and local artists, art-inspired excursions throughout Philadelphia, and interactive social events designed to spark a lifelong love affair with art.
Fall into Street Art
Friday, September 18, 2015
8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Join Philly’s most culturally connected contemporaries as the season’s hottest soiree goes underground. Inspired by the city’s vibrant street art and held in the Museum’s hidden tunnel, this event will be an unforgettable night. Enjoy mouthwatering street fare, open bar, music, and live entertainment, all while supporting the Museum.

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Young Friends Open House
Friday, October 16, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room, ground floor
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends and public

Connect with new and familiar faces over casual conversation and complimentary cocktails. Learn about the Young Friends program, its vision and upcoming events.

Opera Night at Paradigm Gallery
Saturday, November 7, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Paradigm Gallery: 746 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Enjoy an evening of opera inspired by local contemporary artists. A discussion and reception with the performers will follow.

Associates and Chairman’s Council

Through unique and diverse events and exclusive access to Museum experts, Associates and Chairman's Council members witness firsthand how their support positively impacts the art, the people, and the programs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Associates Events

Fall Fête: Perelman Building Open House
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate members and above ($2,500+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Welcome fall with a lively cocktail reception in the Perelman Building's Skylit Auditorium while learning about the building's architecture, exhibitions, and core activities. Explore the Study Rooms and conservation labs of the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and Costume and Textiles departments and discover the tremendous resources of the Library and Archives. Meet the curators, conservators, and staff that steward these collections, and hear their exciting plans for the year to come.

Day Trip to Bucks County, PA -- Into the Woods: Fashioning Trees for Form and Function
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nakashima Furniture Studio and Durham Press
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Exclusive to Associate members and above ($2,500+); additional fee $175
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Discover the artists' enclaves of our northern neighbor with Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, and Elisabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts. Enjoy a scenic autumn drive and visit contemporary printmaking workshop Durham Press, housed in a refurbished nineteenth-century schoolhouse, and the campus of the Nakashima Furniture Studio, designed by its lauded founder George Nakashima.

Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life Opening Celebration
Thursday, October 22, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate members and above ($2,500+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

The first survey of American still life in three decades, Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life will feature nearly 120 works in various media representing the finest accomplishments in the genre from the early 1800s to the Pop Art era of the 1960s. Taking a fresh approach to the subject to reveal its astonishing variety, the exhibition invites visitors to appreciate still life as a reflection of American identity and culture through time. Be the first to explore the exhibition at its celebratory opening.

Lunch and Learn: The Secret Lives of Artworks/Nazi-era Provenance and Cultural Patrimony
Monday, November 9, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Granite Hill and Van Pelt Auditorium
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate members and above ($2,500+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Cathy Herbert, Coordinator of Collections Research and Documentation, investigates the ownership history of European works of art acquired after 1945 to determine their whereabouts during World War II. Learn how new research findings are shared to further repatriation efforts, and gain an understanding of how the Museum approaches the acquisition of antiquities to comply with the patrimony laws of their country of origin.

Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life Breakfast Tours
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate members and above ($2,500+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

The first survey of American still life in three decades, Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life will feature nearly 120 works in various media representing the finest accomplishments in the genre from the early 1800s to the Pop Art era of the 1960s. Taking a fresh approach to the subject to reveal its astonishing variety, the exhibition invites visitors to appreciate still life as a reflection of American identity and culture through time. Investigate these works anew with guided tours and a special breakfast reception.

PHL:MIA Art Basel Miami Beach PMA Party
Thursday, December 3, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Exclusive to Associate members and above ($2,500+); additional fee $250; Free for Chairman's Council members ($10,000+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Join friends of the Museum and our partner SEI in sunny Florida to celebrate North America's foremost international modern and contemporary art fair, Art Basel Miami Beach.

First Look: Mexican Modernism
Friday, December 18, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium and Great Stair Hall Balcony
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate members and above ($2,500+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Celebrate the holidays with a special gathering in the spirit of the Mexican modernists. Join Matthew Affron, The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, and Mark A. Castro, Project Assistant Curator, to hear about this upcoming survey of early twentieth-century Mexican artists. Featuring key objects from our collection as well as stunning major loans, the exhibition will analyze the contribution of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and their important circle of compatriots who helped to form the broader modernist movements of the early twentieth century.

Behind-the-Scenes: Decorative Arts Storage
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate Sponsor members and above ($5,000+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Join Elisabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts; and Donna Corbin, The Louis C. Madeira IV Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts for an exclusive look at their newly refurbished storage rooms and tour a sampling of extraordinary objects not on display in the galleries. Gain insight on the ways objects are stored and cared for, and the high-tech work that goes on in these spaces to ensure our holdings remain accessible even when off view.

International Pop Opening Celebration
Thursday, February 18, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate members and above ($2,500+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Featuring artists from twenty different countries, International Pop chronicles Pop Art's emergence as a global movement, migrating from the United Kingdom and the United States to Western and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Japan. Curated by Erica F. Battle, The John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, and organized by the Walker Art Center, the exhibition will shed a new light on lesser-known movements within this iconic art tradition. Be the first to explore the exhibition at its celebratory opening.

With a Fresh Eye: South Asian Art
Location: Perelman Building
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate Sponsor members and above ($5,000+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

While the South Asian art galleries remain closed through fall 2016 for major renovation and reinstallation, the Perelman Building will be activated with a variety of exhibitions showcasing our rich collections in this area, including Drawn from Courtly India: The Conley Harris and Howard Truelove Collection; Picture This: Contemporary Photography and India; and Art of the Zo: Textiles from Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh. Join Darielle Mason, The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art; Ainsley Cameron, The Ira Brind and Stacey Spector Assistant Curator of South Asian Art; Nathaniel Stein, Horace W. Goldsmith Curatorial Fellow in Photography; and Dilys Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles to experience these exhibitions and learn more about future plans.

  • Thursday, March 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lunch and Learn: A Collection of Collections--How Philadelphia Family Treasures Shaped the Museum
Monday, April 4, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate members and above ($2,500+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Ninety percent of the Museum's collection was acquired through gifts--many from patrons who hail from our own backyard. Join Susan K. Anderson, The Martha Hamilton Morris Archivist, and curatorial guests to learn about the centuries of notable Philadelphia families and the artistic and cultural legacy they have left in the hands of the Museum.

Annual Luncheon with the Director and Chair
Monday, May 23, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate Sponsor members and above ($5,000+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Join Constance H. Williams, Board Chair, and Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, to toast the year's accomplishments and enjoy a sneak peek at exciting future plans.

Third Place: The Philadelphia Museum of Art as a Civic Space
Thursday, June 9, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Associate members and above ($2,500+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

As the city's institutions prepare for the Parkway Centennial in 2017, join Gail Harrity, President and Chief Operating Officer along with other staff and special guests, to take a look at the past, present, and future of the Museum's immense footprint in the city of Philadelphia. Learn about our extensive grounds, ranging from the main building to the Park Houses to the Rodin and Sculpture gardens, and our changing relationship with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Chairman's Council Events

The Wrath of the Gods Opening Celebration
Thursday, September 10, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Gallery 155
Chairman's Council Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Chairman's Council Patrons and above ($25,000+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Join lenders and major sponsors to celebrate the opening of The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian, the first to focus on Peter Paul Rubens's Prometheus Bound, with curator Christopher N. Atkins, the Jack and Agnes Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting.

Reception at the Home of Collectors of French and American Impressionist art
Thursday, October 8, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Chairman's Council Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Chairman's Council members ($10,000+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Tour this exquisite local collection while toasting to the year ahead with fellow Chairman's Council members, Museum curators, and executive leadership.

Day Trip: Cooper-Hewitt and Whitney Museums, New York City
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Starts at 9:30 a.m.
Chairman's Council Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Chairman's Council members ($10,000+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Join Ariel Schwartz, The Kathy and Ted Fernberger Associate Director of Interpretive Technologies, and Josh Helmer, Assistant Director for Interpretation, to explore the recently renovated Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and newly constructed Whitney Museum of American Art on the High Line. Meet us in New York for this complimentary experience to learn how these institutions have reimagined the museum experiences to fit twenty-first century audiences, and hear from Ariel and Josh about the similar work they do for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Behind-the-Scenes: The John and Joan Thalheimer Paintings Conservation Studio
Chairman's Council Level Required
Reservations required
Free for Chairman's Council members ($10,000+)
Call 215-684-7766 to reserve

Join Mark S. Tucker, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings and Vice Chair of Conservation, and his team to explore the rarely seen, state-of-the-art paintings conservation facilities located in a dramatic two-story space in the Perelman building. Based on the projects on view, special curatorial guests will join to share how the conservation process relates to the exhibition and interpretation needs, offering an exclusive look at what you will see in the galleries in the years to come.

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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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