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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 - Christian Art
Tours meet in West Entrance (Lenfest Hall)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for members

Devoted to images inspired by the Christian faith, this tour features works by many of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, such as van Eyck, Botticelli and Bellini.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 30, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Starts at 10:15 a.m.
Tours meet in West Entrance (Lenfest Hall)
SOLD OUT

Tour the exhibition that explores the stunning artistry of the esteemed Kano painters, the most enduring and influential school of painting in Japanese history.

Member Feature Film - The Essential Film Noir: Out of the Past (1947)
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Starts at 1:00 p.m.
Location: Van Pelt Auditorium
Membership Required
Free for Members
Member invited guests $8

Don’t miss this film noir classic, hosted by Dr. Moylan C. Mills of Penn State University. In this thriller, Robert Mitchum finds he can’t escape his former life when Kirk Douglas and Jane Greer entangle him in a web of murder and double-dealings.
This program is generously sponsored by Gloria Pasline.

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

Discover the beautiful and rarely seen Vaulted Walkway, located below the depths of the Museum.

  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, May 8, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 17, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Starts at 6:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Women in Art
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Members

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

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 14, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, May 22, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 23, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Mother’s Day event with Shelley Spector
Saturday, May 9, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Joan Spain Gallery, first floor, Perelman Building & Perelman Cafeteria
Reservations required
$40 for Members, $45 Public

Spend the afternoon with artist Shelley Spector and her mother exploring the exhibition and learning about their family collaboration for this project. Following the tour participants will enjoy a traditional afternoon tea by Stephen Starr Events.

Members Bus Trip - The Phillips Collection
Thursday, May 14, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Bus departs from West Entrance
Membership Required
Paid tickets required
$150 per member; $160 per member guest, includes transportation, guided tour, a prix fixe lunch and all gratuities.

Join us as we dine along the Potomac River and spend an intimate afternoon exploring The Phillips Collection and its connection to one of our upcoming major exhibitions.

If These Walls Could Talk: The History of Your Museum
Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Gehry Project Room
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members Free. Member guests $8. Space is limited.

This quarterly program is designed for both new and longstanding members. Discover the Museum’s rich history, from our Centennial Exhibition origins to our transition into the new millennium.

Members Tour - Everything Eakins
Tours meet in West Entrance (Lenfest Hall)
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Members

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

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 21, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, May 29, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Demeter's Choice and the Artists of the Gilded Age
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Members

Mary Dorra will discuss her historical novel, bringing to life Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition, where her grandmother, Mary Lawrence, an assistant to Augustus Saint-Gaudens, was the only woman allowed to exhibit a sculpture outside the Women’s Pavilion. Her historical novel reveals a portrait of the era and its Beaux Arts American artists. There will be a book signing after the talk. This event is sponsored by the Museum's Graduate Guides and will be followed by a book signing.

Members Tour - Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Starts at 2:15 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.

Members Preview - Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting

Experience the exhibition before it opens to the public during our private Members’ Preview. During this time, members have exclusive access to the exhibition galleries for a first look at Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting which features world-famous works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, and more. Experience the captivating story behind the visionary art dealer who creatively promoted and encouraged widespread appreciation of one of today’s most popular art movements.

Museum Circle Preview, for Sustainers and above ($500+)
Friday, June 19, 2015

Members’ Monday
Experience the exhibition when the Museum is closed to the public. The exhibition and Impressionist galleries will be open exclusively for members only on this day.

During the Previews
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. On the evening of Friday, June 19, Museum Circle members will enjoy complimentary light bites and a cash bar.
  • Friday, June 19, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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.
Young Friends Tour - Ink and Gold: The Art of Kano
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tour meets in West Lobby
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends Members

Tour the third and final rotation of an exhibition that explores the stunning artistry of the esteemed Kano painters, the most enduring and influential school of painting in Japanese history.

Email to reserve your free Young Friends ticket.

Curated Cocktails
Friday, May 15, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Young Friends Members $40
Young Friends Guests- $50

Connect art and spirits through fascinating stories and a curated tasting. Explore the art of 18th Century dining with Donna Corbin, The Louis C. Madeira IV Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts. Then enjoy light bites and cocktails designed by a local mixologist that pair with our collection and enrich their stories.

Call 800-235-SHOW (7469), seven days a week, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. to reserve your spot.

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.
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: An Inside Look at the Making of Special Exhibitions
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

Meet the Museum staff who work behind-the-scenes to bring engaging and enriching exhibitions to life, including Alice O. Beamesderfer, The Pappas-Sarbanes Deputy Director for Collections and Programs; Sherry Babbitt, The William T. Ranney Director of Publishing; Yana Balson, Assistant Director of Exhibition Planning; Erica Battle, The John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art; Sharon Hildebrand, Head Preparator; Ah-Young Kim, Manager of School Visits; Jack Schlechter, The Park Family Director of Installation Design; and Linda Yun, Registrar for Exhibitions. Hear their stories and join us as we raise a glass to another exciting year made possible by your leadership support.

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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