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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 - Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
Friday, October 31, 2014
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

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

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.
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Friday, December 19, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 23, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, December 26, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 30, 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.

Members Tour - Walking Through a Winter Wonderland
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

See how the Museum’s collection captures the beauty and excitement of winter; including the landscapes, the holiday season and festive entertaining.

  • Saturday, December 6, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, December 12, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 21, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Tour - A Christmas Story in Art
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

Join us, as we celebrate the story of Christmas as told through art.

  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 11, 2014, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 18, 2014, Starts at 2:15 p.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.

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.
Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography Private Viewing
Friday, November 7, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Join us for breakfast and exclusive private tours of Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography.

Lunch and Learn: Magnificent Deception: Uncovering Forgeries in the Collection
Monday, November 17, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Hear how Donna Corbin, The Louis C. Madeira IV Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts, and Sally Malenka, The John and Chara Haas Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, worked collaboratively across continents to discover that a tureen long held in the Museum’s collection and once believed to belong to Catherine the Great is, in fact, a forgery!

Live Cinema / Allora and Calzadilla: Intervals Tour and Conversation
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Erica Battle, The John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, will walk us through the first major solo exhibition of the work of collaborative duo Allora and Calzadilla. Hear what it’s like to work with the artists and explore this multifaceted exhibition featuring recent works of video, sound, performance, and visual art, many never before shown in the United States.

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano Opening Celebration
Thursday, February 12, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Celebrate the opening of this exhibition dedicated to the remarkable artistry of the honored Japanese Kano painters, organized by Felice Fischer, The Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art and Senior Curator of East Asian Art. Be dazzled by the over 120 opulent, large-scale works, many on view in the United States for the first time, illustrating the five-hundred-year legacy of Japan’s most significant school of painting. This event is invitation only.

African American Art from the Collections: A History
Friday, March 6, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Patron, Associate, and Chairman’s Council Membership required

In conjunction with the exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, hear from John Vick, organizing curator, about the long history of this important area of the Museum’s collection. The exhibition and catalogue of the Museum’s African American collections— featuring work by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Martin Puryear, and Faith Ringgold, among many others — highlight these rich, diverse holdings.

Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano Private Viewing
Friday, March 13, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Join us for breakfast and exclusive private tours of Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano.

Lunch and Learn: Changing Hues: Conservation and Research of Chiaroscuro Woodblock Prints
Monday, April 13, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Learn about a lesser-known aspect of old master printmaking with Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, and Nancy Ash, The Charles K. Williams, II, Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper. Hear about their research on sixteenth-century Italian chiaroscuro woodcuts made using one of the earliest color printing techniques, focusing on works from the Museum’s renowned Berman Collection of European Prints, and how they worked with colleagues to advance the study of these prints.

A Luohan Revealed
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associate Sponsor & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Spend the evening with Hiromi Kinoshita, The Hannah L. and J. Welles Henderson Associate Curator of Chinese Art, Sally Malenka, The John and Chara Haas Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, and Beth Price, Senior Scientist, for an in-depth look at a singular treasure from the Museum’s East Asian Art collection: a recently acquired Ming dynasty Luohan (disciple of the Buddha). Join us to learn about the cultural importance of this work, its history with Philadelphia, the craftsmen’s materials and techniques, and the process of conserving this painted wood sculpture through a visit to Objects Conservation and Scientific Research Laboratories.

Annual Luncheon with the Director and Chair
Monday, May 18, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associate Sponsor & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Join Constance H. Williams, Board Chair, and Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, for this annual luncheon as we raise a glass in celebration of the generous investment and participation of the Museum’s family of Associate Sponsors and Chairman’s Council members.

Year-End Celebration and Conversation with Museum Leadership
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
Reservations required
Call 215-684-7766 for more information or to RSVP
Associates & Chairman’s Council Membership required

Join us for an intimate conversation with the executive leadership, curators, conservators, and educators who bring the Museum to life, all while we raise a glass to you in celebration of another exciting and successful year with The Associates and Chairman’s Council.

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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