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On Wednesday Nights from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m., come explore the Museum’s main building and its remarkable collection in exciting and illuminating new ways. Show your creative side with Make Stuff, a drop-in art-making workshop. Practice your poses during weekly yoga sessions. Play a game in the galleries with friends or other Museum visitors—we supply the games and instructions; you do the rest! Experience unique gallery events with regional artists, musicians, and local cultural organizations. Come on your own, with family, or with friends. And remember: admission is Pay What You Wish.

Wednesday Nights are generously funded by the William Penn Foundation.

Make Stuff

In this drop-in program, craft handmade objects or make art amid the Museum’s collection. Projects vary from sketching or knitting in the galleries to building a Lego mansion or creating a puzzle. Make Stuff programs are perfect for anyone looking for a relaxed, creative atmosphere.

  • Black and White Inspiration
    • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Create your own interpretation of photographer Paul Strand's black and white portraits.
  • Sketching in the Galleries
    • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Be an artist for a day! "Draw" inspiration from the artwork on view and let your imagination run wild. Paper and pencils will be provided.
  • Design Challenge
    • Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      Be inspired by the 2014 Collab Student Design Competition and challenge yourself to create your own chair for your ideal home. Materials will be provided.
  • Holiday Card Making
    • Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
        • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
          • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
            Create your own masterful holiday card for a loved one this season. Art making supplies will be provided.

Night Owl Read and Look (Best for ages 3-7)
Tour meets in the West Lobby at the Family Cart

Enjoy a pre-bedtime story, art project, and imaginative play in the galleries. Pajamas welcome!

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission.
  • Black Meets White by Justine Fontes
    • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Mr. Wuffles! by David Weisner
    • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Starts at 5:30 p.m.

"The Masterpieces" with Joshua R. Helmer
Meets in the Great Stair Hall

Featuring works by such artists as Van Eyck, Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, and others, “The Masterpieces” tour delivers just that—a look at some of the collection’s greatest treasures.

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m.

Yoga - Practice Your Poses with Dhyana Yoga

Learn about the time-honored practice of yoga through yoga postures with Dhyana Yoga among the beauty of the Museum’s collection.

Two classes offered each Wednesday – 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission
  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 24, 2014, Starts at 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

The Wednesday Night Look Around

It’s kind of like…Where's Waldo meets the Museum's masterpieces. Actually, that is exactly what it is like. It's a scavenger hunt! Spend an hour or so on Wednesday Nights looking closely at art with friends and family to win prizes. With themes changing monthly, there is always something new to find with the Wednesday Night Look Around!

  • Eating
    • Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Stars
    • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Stephen Starr Events Interactive Chef Demonstration Series
Location: The Cafeteria
Paid tickets required
$45 ($40 for Members) includes General Admission

The intimate, 90-minute classes will offer participants first-hand tutorials on global cuisine. Executive Chef Gerald Drummond, accompanied by guest chefs from the Stephen Starr restaurant group, will lead the demonstrations for each class and assistant chefs will be on hand to offer extra attention and to help with techniques. Each participant will sample the food created during the class and will received recipes for all dishes, as well as a special parting gift.

  • Holiday Leftovers
    • Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Transform your Holiday Left Overs into a brand new meal.
  • Holiday Sweets
    • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Nothing says the Holidays like the perfect sweet treat. Learn how to bake with Chef Gerald Drummond.
  • Spanish Tapas
    • Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Escape the cold with a taste of sunny Spain! In this Chef Demonstration, you’ll learn how to make popular Spanish tapas, sophisticated small plates that are sure to delight dinner guests and to elevate your own at home noshing. Designed to be enjoyed in just a few bites, tapas are the perfect way to incorporate bold flavors into your home cooking.
  • Speak Easy Cocktails
    • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Tap into Philadelphia’s colorful Prohibition-era history with a lesson in the art of craft cocktails and spiked punches at this Chef Demonstration. Bring the speakeasy to your dining room with these vintage recipes for a swanky at home cocktail hour.

Ugly Sweater Party
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

‘Tis the season to be merry—pull out that ugly holiday sweater and join us for an evening of festive programs. Enjoy a spread of cheerful treats in the Great Stair Hall or try your hand at making something warm in our knitting circle (expert knitters will be on hand to assist). Venture into the galleries and seek out the joyful sounds of singing as we welcome a cappella groups to sing carols and modern tunes.

Camera Club Meet and Greet
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Museum welcomes photographers of all ages from local camera clubs and communities to explore the exhibition Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography. Starting at 5:30 p.m., join us in the Great Stair Hall to connect with local photographers and curators Peter Barberie and Amanda Bock, as they discuss their vision for the exhibition from start to finish.

Conversation with David Maialetti
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Seminar Room

Join photojournalist David Maialetti from the Philadelphia Inquirer as he shares his photographs from Luzzara, Italy, and connects his experiences to those of Paul Strand's.

Just Breathe: Yoga White Party
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Get centered before midnight at the museum. Learn about the time-honored practice of yoga through meditative exercises, yoga postures, and breathing techniques among the beauty of the Museum’s collection. After a peaceful stretch, participate in a hands-on art making activity to set an intention for the new year. Henna tattoos, themed tours, and specialty healthy menu items will be available throughout the night. Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat and wear white.

Lyrispect Presents: Represent Redux
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Starts at 6:30 p.m.

Author, poet, and emcee Lyrispect presents some of the finest writers, musicians, and performers in the tri-state area to guide us through an honest, engaging, and celebratory journey of the African-American experience using pervasive themes from the featured artists in the exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art.

Celebrate Japan

Join us for an evening of activities inspired by Japanese art and culture. Hear the melodic sounds of the shakuhachi, a Japanese flute, as played by Chris Merwin. Try your hand at the ancient practice of origami, and transform a piece of paper into a colorful flower or animal. Finally, watch the University of Pennsylvania Kendo Club demonstrate the "way of the sword," a Japanese martial art using traditional weapons and armor.

  • Make Stuff: origami
    • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Penn Kendo Club demonstrations
      6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • Japanese flute performance
      6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Penn Kendo Club demonstrations
      7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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