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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 - Every Object Tells a Story
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

From a nude painting discovered by the Monuments Men to how we got an entire Ming dynasty reception hall into the Museum, hear the most entertaining stories, anecdotes and legends of our collection.

  • Thursday, March 5, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, March 13, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, Starts at 6:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Flowers in Art
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Claude Monet once said “I must have flowers, always, and always.” We could not agree more, so join us, as we stop to smell the roses, looking at flowers in art.

  • Saturday, March 7, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, March 20, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

Members Tour - Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano
Tours meet in West Entrance (Lenfest Hall)

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

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Starts at 6:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Friday, March 27, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 29, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.

New Member Meet & Greet
Saturday, March 14, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Membership Required
Reservations required
Members Free

As a member, you’re privy to a lot of insider info. Get the scoop at this free event (while enjoying free snacks) and learn how to make the most of your membership this year. Meet fellow insiders and get to know Museum staff. Afterward, join us in the galleries to discover a few secrets of the collection—because in the end, it’s all about the art.

Members Tour - Rodin Museum
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.

  • Saturday, March 14, 2015, Starts at 2:15 p.m.
  • Monday, March 23, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.
  • Monday, March 30, 2015, Starts at 10:15 a.m.

Members Tour - Introduction to the Permanent Collection
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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.

Represent: A Dual Depiction
Tour meets in Lenfest Hall (West Lobby)
Membership Required
Reservations required
$54 Museum Member; $66 Non-Members, includes transportation, guided tours, and general admission.
Space is limited. Program fee is nonrefundable.

Join us for a day of exploration. Experience Represent: 200 Years of African American Art with organizing curator John Vick, in a crowd-free setting before the Museum opens to the public. Then board a trolley for an exclusive tour with Jane Golden, Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, to explore Mural Arts' African American Iconic Images Collection.

  • Thursday, March 19, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Art In Focus: Rodin Revisited
Friday, April 10, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tour meets at the Rodin Museum
Membership Required
Reservations required
Sponsors and above may reserve up to two complimentary spaces for this event. Space is limited.

Join us for an intimate conversation and reception focusing on the artist’s use of models and his international acclaim for portraiture. Hosted by Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Associate Curator of European Painting and the Rodin Museum

Starr Chef Demo Inventing the Philly Roll
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Cafeteria

Guest chef Madame Saito leads this exclusive demonstration for members only. The inventor of the famous Philly Roll, Madame Saito is an expert in Japanese culture and the art of sushi. Join us for this special session and learn how to roll signature maki and prepare delicious temaki in your own home.

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.

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.
Art and Wonder: A Cabinet of Collections
Friday, March 6, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tour meets in West Lobby; Event in Gallery 257
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends Members

Discover the history of European society during the 1500s to the early 1700s through decorative examples of art, natural wonders, and scientific ingenuity. Learn how the Museum is using new interpretive technologies to bring these stories to life from Jack Hinton, Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture.

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.
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
8:00 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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