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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 Tours can be reserved by calling the Ticket Center at 215-235-7469, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Tour: Love in Art
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

​Get hit by Cupid’s arrow as you explore depictions of love and marriage throughout our collection.

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Tour: How to Un-Confuse Confusing Art
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Lobby).
SOLD OUT

​Ever look at art and scratch your head? Join us for a lively, interactive tour that explores how to look at art in a new way. By understanding symbols, stories, and metaphors commonly used by artists, you’ll be able to understand art as you never have. Space is limited.

Members’ Book Club: Old Masters, New World
Library, Perelman Building

Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures by Cynthia Saltzman
Get a backstage look at the cutthroat competition, intrigue, and financial maneuvering of collectors during the Gilded Age in this discussion led by our library staff.

To receive notices about upcoming book club programs, email .​

​Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

Members-Only Inside Look: Old Masters Now
Dorrance Galleries
Membership Required
Paid tickets required
Members $30; Patron members ($1,500) and above receive two complimentary tickets

An opportunity for members to experience the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection without the crowds

  • Unveiling Titian
    • Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
      Join Teresa Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings, for a conversation about the recently restored Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto.

Tour: Introduction to the Collection
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

Get an overview of some of the Museum’s most renowned treasures.

Exclusive Look: Building the City Beautiful
Saturday, February 24, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Sustainer and above ($500+)
Space is limited; reservations required.

Historian David Brownlee discusses the newest edition of his book Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum of Art . Hear his latest discoveries about the Parkway, including the appearance of the area before demolition and architect Julian Abele’s role in the design of the Museum and the Free Library.

History of Your Museum
Sunday, March 11, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Perelman Media Room, Perelman Building

Art historian Elizabeth A. Anderson shares hidden stories behind the Museum’s rich holdings, from its Centennial Exhibition origins to the twenty-first century.

Exclusive Look: Making Modern Times
Saturday, April 14, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Media Room, Perelman Building
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Sustainer and above ($500+)

From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great change. Enjoy coffee and conversation with Jessica Smith, curator of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950, as she shares how artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and Jacob Lawrence forged bold new styles to fit the times.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Reception
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free reservations required; space is limited. Free for Sponsors ($1000+) and above.

Journey to the Museum’s below-ground corridors and newly constructed spaces and discover the rich history of our iconic main building. A reception with fellow members will follow.

Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes for this hard-hat tour.

The Future of Your Museum
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building

Embark on the Museum’s exciting next chapter with Jessica Sharpe, Director of Visitor Operations and Membership. She’ll tell you about the renovations to our landmark building and reveal how they’ll improve your future Museum experiences.

Young Friends Events & Programs

Through a broad range of special events and educational activities organized around the Museum’s world-famous collections, the Young Friends provide a forum for increased appreciation of the arts.
Young Professionals Across Philadelphia
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends; public $5. Includes Museum admission

A networking happy hour to connect with other young professionals committed to making a difference in our city.

Look Behind the Camera
Friday, February 23, 2018
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends; $5 for guests

​​Enjoy a tour of our photography studio and learn about efforts to advance the future of imaging through cutting-edge technology.

Curated Cocktails: Drink & Draw
Friday, March 23, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Young Friends Program
Paid reservations required
Young Friends $35; Young Friend guests $40

There’s nothing like drawing with a little bit of liquid confidence. Jump-start your weekend at Friday Nights and join us for cocktails and sketching.

Young Friends Open House
Friday, April 27, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends and public; general admission not included. Space is limited.

Connect with new and familiar faces over casual conversation and complimentary cocktails during Final Friday. Learn about the Young Friends program, the difference it makes in the art community, and upcoming events.

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.
Nailed It: Behind the Scenes with Furniture Conservation
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associate Sponsor level members and above

​Hear from our conservators about what goes into the study, preservation, and restoration of objects in our woodwork and furniture collection. Also discover the use and origin of some of their favorite objects.​

Firsthand Final Fridays
Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Museum Café
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Complimentary for Associates and Chairman’s Council members

Join us for private reception with Emily Schreiner (The Zoë​ and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs), and hear how we are increasing audience engagement with fresh and provocative events. Then see the results for yourself at a Final Friday performance featuring Philly DJ and producer King Britt.

Lunch and Learn: The Art of East Asia
Monday, March 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level members and above

Hear from curators of East Asian art about the transformative reinstallation of these galleries. Also learn about their favorite works and new discoveries as they prepare for an upcoming exhibition. You’ll leave with a fresh understanding of one of our most beloved collections.​​

Opening Celebration of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Thursday, April 12, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level sponsor and above

Join fellow leadership donors and Museum curators as we celebrate the opening of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950.

Breakfast Tour of Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Friday, May 4, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Great Stair Hall
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Associates-level sponsor and above

​​Join us for a morning of modernism. Enjoy guided tours of the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 accompanied by breakfast in the Great Stair Hall.​

Conversation: Museum as Collaborator
Thursday, June 14, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Complimentary for Associates-level members and above

​​​​​​​Join us for a conversation about the ways the Museum has worked to deepen partnerships with government and community collaborators over the past year—from Parkway Centennial programming to Philadelphia Assembled. Also learn about the Museum’s tremendous economic impact and our ambitious plans for the future.​

Panel includes Gail Harrity, President and Chief Operating Officer; Nicole Allen White, Director of Government and External Affairs; and Damon Reaves, The Berton and Sallie Korman Associate Curator of Education for Community Engagement and Access.

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