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Adult Programs

Be entertained, enlightened, and engaged by experiences that go beyond the limits of gallery viewing. Better understand and appreciate the Museum's collection and exhibitions through programs and events aimed at all adult learners, specialist and non-specialist alike.

Preregistration is suggested for all ticketed programs. Prices do not include Museum admission unless noted. Programs, topics, and speakers are subject to change. Please arrive early as we reserve the right to release seats at the start of the program.


Let the good times roll with music, dance, and cabaret.

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Donn T
Friday, June 2, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philadelphia's visionary singer-songwriter Donn T combines eclectic soul music with special guests for a dramatic and moving performance. Her upcoming album, 1004 Characters, will be released this summer. She also makes her literary debut in the anthology Behind the Song (Sourcebooks, Fall 2017).

Friday, June 9, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This New York–based roots pop band makes life-affirming, body-shaking music that moves people around the world. An organic synthesis of all the sounds heard on the streets of NYC, Karikatura blends cumbia, hip-hop, reggae, klezmer, indie-rock, and merengue.

Cocek! Brass Band
Friday, June 16, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Infectious original compositions pulse with Old World nostalgia when this five-piece brass ensemble takes the stage. An eclectic mix of influences, including traditional Eastern European songs, New Orleans jazz, and Afrobeat and reggae sounds.

Peter Beets
Friday, June 23, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

From his riffs on Latin jazz to his timeless arrangements of classical music, this award-winning Dutch pianist’s signature buoyancy and sophistication are audible in everything he plays. Beets returns to Philadelphia for an evening with local jazz giants, including Larry McKenna on tenor sax.

Final Fridays: Down the Shore
Friday, June 30, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Here’s our definition of summer madness: skip the shore traffic and keep it local. We’re bringing beach vibes to the Museum with grub and boardwalk games.

Friday, July 7, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus,” and you’ll want to join in as soon as the band launches into its infectious and energetic rhythms. A riotous mash-up of influences fuses hip-hop, punk, funk, and jazz into a blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora.

color as time
Friday, July 14, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A mix of classical composition, jazz improvisation, and pop, performed by musicians from Philly’s folk and classical scenes led by Joshua Stamper. These songs are earthy, playful, deeply comforting, and bracingly urgent.

Shea Rose
Friday, July 21, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The Boston Globe calls Rose “that rare artist who can bridge diverse styles such as soul, funk, rock, rap and jazz—and bring her unique stamp to each.” This Boston artist’s soulful sounds explore the universal topics of identity, transformation, and self-acceptance.

Final Fridays: Wild
Friday, July 28, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy an eco-centric evening that’s all about conservation—of art and the environment. With live music straight from Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Friday, August 11, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Blending bossa nova and samba with sounds from around the globe, this Latin Grammy nominee represents a new generation in Brazilian popular music. Co-composer of the Rio 2016 theme, he’s traveling with a full band to bring Brazil to Philly.

Josh Lawrence
Friday, August 18, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The jazz trumpeter and a quartet of Philly favorites present Color Theory—music that explores traditional color theory and the phenomenon of synesthesia. Let all of your senses come out to play, with tunes for both your ears and eyes, and flavors to savor from Starr Catering.

Final Fridays: Last Chance Summer Dance
Friday, August 25, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Dance the night away with booty-shaking Brazilian music by PhillyBloco.


Talks & Tours

Join inspiring walks and talks through the world of art.

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Spotlight Gallery Conversation
Tours meet in the Great Stair Hall, near the entrance to the Modern and Contemporary Art galleries

A different masterpiece takes center stage during these in-depth, in-gallery participatory conversations facilitated by Philadelphia Museum of Art educators and graduate students from Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania.

  • A Heroic Feat! With Dead Men!, Plate 39 from Disasters of War, 1810-1814, published 1863, by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
    • Thursday, June 1, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, June 2, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, June 3, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Ceremonial Teahouse: Sunkaraku (Evanescent Joys), c. 1917, Designed by Ōgi Rodō
    • Thursday, July 6, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, July 7, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, July 8, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • Mrs. Peale Lamenting the Death of Her Child (Rachel Weeping), 1772, enlarged 1776; retouched 1818, by Charles Willson Peale
    • Thursday, August 3, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Friday, August 4, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, August 5, 2017, Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Wild Sneak Peek: Michael Nichols
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Dorrance Galleries
By invitation only
Focus members only - $500/Member or $1,000/Benefactor

Join Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, and celebrated artist Nick Nichols for a champagne reception and special preview of Wild: Michael Nichols. Raise a glass and explore this landmark exhibition days before the doors officially open.

In the Artist’s Voice
Location: Great Stair Hall Balcony

Talk about art with the people who make it.

  • Michael Nichols
    • Sunday, June 25, 2017, Starts at 2:00 p.m.
      Photographer Michael Nichols discusses the exhibition Wild: Michael Nichols with Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center; and guest cocurator Melissa Harris.

      All prices include Museum admission. Reserved seating: $40 ($32 members). Great Stair Hall steps: $25 ($20 members). Standing room only: Free with Museum admission (day-of-event only, first come, first served)

      ​This lecture is generously supported by The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation.

Community Conversations
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Open discussions about socially relevant topics.

  • War and Displacement
    • Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Consider the effects of conflict, using Goya's series of prints, Disasters of War, as a starting point.

Sunday, July 16, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tours meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members)

Learn the stories behind how families chose their side during the tumultuous times of our country's founding on this trip to Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, and Woodford.

Trolley departs from and returns to the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ticket includes trolley transportation, admission to houses visited, and parking validation for the Museum garage at regular visitor rates. Does not include admission to Art Museum. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of program start time to check in.​

A Glorious Enterprise
Sunday, August 20, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members) Admission not included

Celebrate summer with a tour through Fairmount Park, with stops to look at buildings, vistas, and sculptures. A visit to Lemon Hill concludes the afternoon.


Courses & Workshops

Broaden your art horizons by being part of the action.

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Second Saturday Sketch
Free after admission

Drop in and draw from Rodin’s masterpieces. Materials provided.

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Wednesday Nights

Experience the unexpected every Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m., when Museum admission is Pay What You Wish.

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Wednesday Nights at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission
First come first served, space is limited.

Practice your poses with Dhyana Yoga. Class size varies.

Beginning the first week of June yoga will take place in the The Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Weather permitting.

Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission

Sketching in the Galleries
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

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.

Location provided at any admissions desk

Starr Catering Group Interactive Chef Demonstration Series
Location: South Terrace Classrooms Rooms A & B
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members)

These intimate, 90-minute classes offer first-hand tutorials for creating exceptional food and drink. Local food celebrities and international experts lead interactive demonstrations with assistant chefs on hand to help you perfect the culinary techniques to make these stunning dishes at home. Sample the food prepared during the class and receive recipes for all dishes, as well as a special gift.

  • Summer Entertaining
    • Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      ​Get some tips on how to add a touch of sophistication to your picnic table with seasonal cocktails and snacks. cuisine paired with tequila cocktails during this festive night of food and fun. ​


For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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