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Close Helmet for the Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte)
Close Helmet for the Game of the Bridge (Gioco del Ponte), c. 1600, with later alterations
Painted steel (now oxidized to a deep russet color)
Weight: 7.9 lb., 7 pounds 14.8 ounces (3595 x 3595g) 10 5/8 x 9 13/16 x 10 7/16 inches (27 x 24.9 x 26.5 cm)
Purchased with funds contributed by the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2011
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The Young Friends is a dynamic group of art enthusiasts, committed to supporting the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Members enjoy a diverse schedule of programs including, engaging social events, educational lectures and tours, art-inspired excursions, and enrichment activities especially designed for those ages 21 to 45.

Join the Young Friends
Become a Young Friend or purchase a membership for a young art enthusiast in your life today!

Members must be 21 or over to join. For new or renewing Young Friend members, please click the appropriate link below. If you have an existing Museum membership and wish to add Young Friend benefits, please contact Members Services by phone at 215-684-7840.

with Individual Benefits ($50)

with Dual Benefits ($100)

Programs and Events
Activities for this group of more than 450 young professionals are held one to two times per month. Young Friends who are looking to get more involved may join planning committees for the two annual fundraisers.

This October, the Young Friends are thrilled to co-host the First Annual Fall into Art Fundraiser with Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, and the Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The overwhelming success of the Rodin Garden Party created both the need and the opportunity to expand the annual fall soiree by increasing participation, showcasing exhibitions, exploring new locations, and supporting the Museum’s mission.

The Young Friends bi-annual events, including Fall into Art and Winter Gala, are among the city’s most popular fundraisers, where region’s most culturally engaged young professionals mix and mingle while supporting the Museum.

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Young Friends Tour: Michael Snow: Photo-Centric
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends Members

Join Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, to learn of Snow's prolific and multi-disciplinary career in which he has employed photography in unique and innovative ways.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Starts at 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Young Friends Tour: Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tour meets in the West Lobby.
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends Members

Join us for a Young Friends -only tour walking tour of the Museum's Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Free Young Friends event. Space for the tour is limited, and reservations are required.

Supporting the Museum
Financial support is given to important Museum activities including exhibitions, acquisitions, conservation, and educational and outreach programming.

Each June, the Young Friends Executive Board present funds to the Museum which are a direct result of the annual Rodin Garden Party and Winter Gala fund-raisers, as well as Young Friends membership support. In addition, The Young Friends Fund, an endowment established in 2006, provides support in perpetuity to the Museum.

Many beloved works of art throughout the Museum were purchased with donations through the Young Friends program including the piece shown in the image above. The acquisition of this rare helmet provided an exceptional opportunity to create a permanent exhibition recounting one of the last documented uses of late medieval and Renaissance armor in Europe. Learn more about this and other Young Friends acquisitions here or visit the Museum soon.

For more information, please contact Young Friends by phone at (215) 684-7858 or by e-mail at .

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