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Member Programs

Members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are invited to enhance their experiences at the Museum through a variety of exclusive opportunities, including tours that highlight the permanent collection, special exhibition preview days, and bus trips and enrichment programs that provide social and educational opportunities to engage with other Museum members. Member 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: 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.

Tour: Love in Art
Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance).

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

Exclusive Look: Building the City Beautiful
Saturday, February 24, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Perelman Media Room, Perelman Building
SOLD OUT

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.

Staff Secrets
Resnick Rotunda 161
Membership Required
Free for Members

A casual drop-in discussion hosted by members of our Education staff

  • Friday, March 2, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 16, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 30, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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

From models to artists, mistresses to muses, women have always played an essential role in the creation of art. Explore their many contributions to both art and culture.

  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Friday, March 9, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Art in Focus: Is it Art or Science?
Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Membership Required
Reservations required
Free for Sponsor ($1,000) and above

See how our conservation staff prepare objects from our Costume and Textiles collection for display.

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.

Patron Appreciation Reception
Monday, March 26, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for Patron members ($1,500)

Patron members hold a special place in our membership family. In appreciation of your support and in celebration of the 90th anniversary of our building, we invite you to a private lunch with fellow art enthusiasts and staff as well as a tour of our archives with Susan Anderson, the Martha Hamilton Morris Archivist​. Throughout the day, you’ll learn how your generous support is an investment in the future of the Museum.

Hard Hat Experience
Monday, March 26, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Membership Required
Free for Members
No reservations required. First come, first served.

Members, get an exclusive look at our new Frank Gehry–designed dining area during its construction. Join us for a hard hat walk-through and explore elements of the Core Project before its completion. For location details, check in with a Visitor Services Assistant upon arrival.

Please note: The space is not fully accessible as it is an active construction zone. Flat, closed-toed shoes are required. You must be over 13 years of age to take part in this tour.

Members Previews: Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Dorrance Galleries
Membership Required
Free for Members
Member guests $10

Be among the first visitors to experience Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 and enjoy in-gallery conversations during this special preview week made just for you.

  • Friday, April 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

New Member Meet & Greet
Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Gallery 206
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for new members. Space is limited; reservations required.

Get the inside scoop and learn how to make the most of your membership this year. Join us in the galleries to discover a few secrets of the collection. Afterward, meet fellow insiders and meet Museum staff while enjoying complimentary snacks.

Exclusive Look: Making Modern Times
Saturday, April 14, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 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.

Member Outing: Parkway 100
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).
Membership Required
Paid reservations required
On sale to Circle-level members on February 15 and all members on March 1
$38 members; $45 member guests (includes transportation, guided tour, and light refreshments)

Celebrate the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial with a trolley trip down the scenic boulevard. Enjoy an intimate conversation with Mural Arts artist Miriam Singer at her new mural at Park Towne Place. Then tour the exhibition Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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.

Private Tour: Modern Times
Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
Membership Required
Reservations required
Member $30
Patrons and above receive two complimentary tickets

Experience the exhibition Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950 without the crowds—enjoy a private guided tour with exhibition curator Jessica Todd Smith, The Susan Gray Detweiler Curator of American Art, and Manager, Center for American Art.

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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.

New Member Springtime Social
Sunday, May 20, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cedar Grove, Fairmount Park
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for members; $10 for member guests

It’s sweet to be a new member, and this springtime social is just one reason. Mingle with other new members and Museum staff while enjoying the Fairmount Park landscape and complimentary cookies. Then get a glimpse into Philadelphia’s rich cultural heritage as you walk through one of our historic houses, Cedar Grove.

Young Friends Events & Programs

Designed for the area’s most culturally engaged young professionals, the Young Friends program offers captivating events with curators and local artists, art-inspired excursions throughout Philadelphia, and interactive social events designed to spark a lifelong love affair with art.
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 Balcony
Young Friends Program
Reservations required
Free for Young Friends and public; general admission not included. Space is limited.

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.

Associates Events

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.

Chairman's Council Events

Chairman’s Council Annual Luncheon at the Rodin Museum
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Chairman's Council Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Chairman’s Council members and above

​​​​Celebrate spring in one of Philadelphia’s premier cultural destinations, the Dorrance H. Hamilton Garden of the Rodin Museum. Join Leslie A. Miller, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, as we honor our most generous and dedicated contributors.​

Chairman’s Council Taste of History at Mount Pleasant
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Chairman's Council Level Required
By invitation only
Free for Chairman’s Council members and above

Enjoy a curated dinner at Mount Pleasant, a historic house in Fairmount Park. Justina Barrett, our Site Manager for Historic Houses, will guide you through a sumptuous meal that recreates a dining experience that John Adams might have enjoyed in 1775.​

For more information, please contact Membership by phone at 215-684-7840 or by e-mail at .

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