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Friday Nights

Kick-start your weekend with Friday Nights at the Museum. Live music and gallery access until 8:45 p.m. as well as cocktails and tapas-style dishes by Starr Catering. Final Fridays are louder, livelier, and looser with themed performances and activities.

With different musical acts each week and a new theme every month, there’s a surprise waiting for you every Friday Night.

Museum Guides Every Friday Night
Have burning questions about the collection? Guides will be in the galleries to share stories about your favorite works. And on Final Fridays, learn from the “wrong” experts during Detours, unconventional gallery tours for the adventurous.


Performances and activities free after Museum admission unless noted. All galleries in the main building are open. Sign up for our Public Programs e-newsletter to get the latest info.

Feeling artsy? Suggest a band, organization, project, or theme. Email .

Friday Nights Schedule

The Dove & the Wolf
Friday, January 19, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This Philly-based Parisian duo crafts reflective songs characterized by hushed harmonies and the sounds of dream pop and old-school soft rock.

Final Fridays: Weird Science
Friday, January 26, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Throughout the Museum

Indulge your inner nerd with an evening devoted to experiments, discoveries, and art.
​Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection


Music: Osagie
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Philly-based DJ, producer, and record collector Osagie spins a mix of disco, soul, hip-hop, house, and more.


Museum Science: Cultural Caretakers
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Gallery 258, 2nd floor
Conservation scientist Kate Duffy offers an inside look at some of the Museum’s conservation projects. Also hear all about our X-ray fluorescence machine, which helps us determine the age of a painting without having to take a sample. 


Detours: Artful Rounds
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet outside Old Masters Now (Dorrance Galleries, first floor).
In these unconventional gallery tours for the adventurous, join Penn and Temple med students as they diagnose figures in paintings and prescribe treatments.


In-Gallery Gaming: Art or Surgery?
6:00–6:30 p.m.
Gallery 111, 1st floor
Compete with your friends to win prizes in this game hosted by Philadelphia performer extraordinaire Jess Conda. Explore an assortment of unusual objects from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Mütter Museum, and then figure out whether they were used to make art or perform surgery.
First come, first served.


Music: Crash Course in Science
6:45 p.m.
Resnick Rotunda 161, 1st floor
This legendary post-punk band creates a distinctive brand of noise-pop dance music using altered drum machines and homemade synthesizers.


Music: Dan Deacon
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Get ready for some high-voltage energy when this experimental electronic composer and musician with a penchant for the absurd joins the crowd for one of his famed interactive live shows.

Uri Gurvich
Friday, February 2, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Saxophonist Uri Gurvich blends world influences, including sounds from his native Israel, with progressive jazz. Songs from his latest release, Kinship, explore tribal and familial connections between different cultures and individuals.

Aaron Parnell Brown
Friday, February 9, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Get in the mood for love. Philly singer-songwriter Aaron Parnell Brown offers up a mix of ’70s soul, romantic jazz, and original tunes that will make you swoon.

Martha Stuckey
Friday, February 16, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

A theatrical evening of jazz standards and originals with Red 40 frontwoman Martha Stuckey.

Final Fridays: King Britt Presents “The Missed Guided Tour”
Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Legendary DJ and producer King Britt curates an evening devoted to the art of music production. Go on a sonic tour of our modern and contemporary galleries with new music tracks and commentary by King and collaborators Suphala, Xenia Rubinos, and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste. Then see all four artists reunite in an electrifying performance in the Great Stair Hall.

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