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October 2nd, 2001
Museum Extends Friday Hours Until 8:45 P.M.

Beginning October 5, 2001, the Philadelphia Museum of Art extends its hours on Friday nights until 8:45 p.m., providing visitors additional time to discover the galleries, to find meaning in the collections, and to participate in a variety of stimulating programs.

"We are delighted to introduce expanded evening hours on Friday nights. It gives people a greater choice in deciding when to plan their visits," said Anne d'Harnoncourt, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum. "Just as a Museum can be a place for great excitement and discovery, it can also be a welcoming place for contemplation, solace, and inspiration during a troubled time. With the events of September 11 very much on our minds, we have decided to offer free general admission every Friday evening during the month of October, from 5 until 8:45 p.m., in the hope that visitors will take advantage of this new opportunity to find beauty here."

The Philadelphia Museum of Art maintains a full program of special exhibitions as well as permanent and changing installations of its distinguished collections, offering something new to discover among its 200 galleries on each visit. The Museum houses more than 300,000 works of art representing over 2000 years of human achievement. Its strengths are found in a diversity of fields, from Chinese ceramics to arms and armor, to contemporary art. Among its distinctive features is the remarkable Walk Through Time offered by impressive installations of monumental architecture and period rooms on the second floor that give dramatic character to the display of Asian art and the European masters.

The retrospective exhibition Thomas Eakins: American Realist, which debuts at the Museum (October 4, 2001 through January 6, 2002), is open on Friday nights. For ticket information, call (215) 235-SHOW.

During forthcoming Friday evening hours, performances include jazz by Brazilian composer, vocalist, and guitarist Vinicius Cantuária (November 9) and a trio led by New York recording artist Paul Bollenback (November 16). A program of Friday evening performances beginning in January will be announced at a later date. Introducing its new fall menu, the Museum Restaurant is open on Friday evenings, and an à la carte menu of appetizers, sandwiches, desserts and a cash bar is available with table service in the Great Stair Hall.

  • Parking on the terrace level outside the Museum is free on Fridays.

  • Hours:
    Closed Mondays and holidays
    Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday and Friday evenings until 8:45 p.m.

  • Admission:
    Pay what you wish on Sundays, all day, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
    $10 for adults; $7 for students with I.D., children 13-18, and senior citizens (62 and over); children 12 years old and younger are admitted free at all times.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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