Programs: Calendar

Photograph of Mohamed Bourouissa

Lecture. Mohamed Bourouissa

In celebration of his exhibition at the Barnes, Mohamed Bourouissa discusses his work with Philadelphia’s Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, addressing urban aesthetics, gentrification, the post-industrial landscape, and the transformation of the environment through community and social justice.

Wednesday, June 28
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $18; members $9; college students free with valid ID (walk-up only)

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Mohamed Bourouissa's Horse Day
members only

Member previews of Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

As a member, see the show before the public opening. 

Thursday, June 29, and Friday, June 30
Noon–5 pm and 11 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Reserve online for Thursday, June 29 (preview hours noon–5 pm) or call 215.278.7200.

Reserve online for Friday, June 30 (preview hours 11 am–4 pm) or call 215.278.7200.

 

Mohamed Bourouissa's Horse Day

Opening of Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

Join us in celebrating Bourouissa’s first major solo exhibition in Philadelphia, featuring approximately 85 works, including drawings, photos, costumes, and sculptures, and a video. Many of the works relate to his 2014 project, which focused on a North Philadelphia community’s efforts at neighborhood revitalization via a horseback-riding event. 

Friday, June 30
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members $20; college students free with valid ID (walk-up only)

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Free First Sundays at the Barnes

Free First Sunday: Freedom Calling

Philadelphia jazz violinist Diane Monroe leads her ensemble in a performance of reimagined protest songs: “What is This Thing Called Freedom?” The afternoon also includes a preview of Philadelphia’s BlackStar Film Festival, held annually in August, with a panel discussion led by the festival’s curator.

Free First Sundays are generously presented by PECO.

 

 

Sunday, July 2
Collection access 10 am–5 pm; Programming 1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on site starting at 9 am. For more information, please click here.

The Decisions Artists Make

The Decisions Artists Make

Christine Stoughton, PhD, adjunct art instructor

Held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

The way we perceive works of art is largely controlled by the artists who created them. Artists intentionally direct the viewer’s gaze, convey narrative and message, and influence emotional response through color, light, line, size, texture, and space. Examine how artists communicate their vision through artworks in PAFA’s galleries. Presented in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Register by June 30.

Thursdays, July 6–20
10 am–1 pm Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts $150; members $135

Register online or call 215.972.7632.

Sumi Tonooka

First Friday! Sumi Tonooka

The first program in our three-part jazz series features Sumi Tonooka on piano. Tonooka has been called “an incisive musician of great originality and imagination” by NPR and is considered “among the best of today’s jazz pianists” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. “At her best,” writes Thomas Conrad of JazzTimes, “she can knock you down and run you over.”

First Friday! is sponsored by

2016 Blue Moon logo

Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

 

Friday, July 7
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $28; college students $10 (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

No Face Performance Group

Midnight Vigil: A Delirious Encounter with Divine Inspiration

Photo by Nessie Nankivell.

This July, join us for Abbot Adam: Matins/Lauds, a three-night performance installation that explores creativity and devotion through temporal and circadian disruption. In line with Dr. Albert Barnes's support of emerging contemporary artists, the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Contemporary present a new work by No Face Performance Group, the collaborative project of artists Jaime Maseda and Mark McCloughan.

Matins/Lauds is the latest installment of Abbot Adam, an ongoing series of works that uses the structure of medieval monasticism—specifically the rigorous practice of hourly prayer—to examine the concepts of commitment, community, and desire. In residence at the Annenberg Court for three consecutive nights, the artists, performing as medieval nuns, will engage in a devotional practice from midnight to sunrise. Alternating periods of improvised creation with brief cycles of sleep, the performers spontaneously compose a night in the abbey as mundanity gives way to delirium. The first two nights, July 6–7, will be live-streamed at barnesfoundation.org. The third night of the installation, July 8, is open for the public to witness in person.

Live streaming
July 6, 11:59 pm–6 am
July 7, 11:59 pm–6 am

Live event
July 8, 11:59 pm–6 am




Saturday, July 8
11:59 pm–6 am 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members $8; college students $8 with valid ID (walk-up only)

Drop in any time between midnight and 6 am or stay for the entire vigil.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family tour: Highlights

Explore some of the most important works in the Barnes collection in a family-friendly way, and learn to see like an artist.

Sunday, July 9
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free with gallery admission; reservations required. Tours are for families with children 12 and under.

Second Sunday of each month

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop from 1–4 pm.

Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

Tuesday, July 11
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

My Many Colored Days

ARTime Storytime: My Many Colored Days

by Dr. Seuss

A dazzling assortment of colors and animals are brought to life by Dr. Seuss’s bouncing rhymes. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, July 13
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Free reservations required: book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Maurice Prendergast, Rocks, Waves and Figures
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, The Prendergast Brothers

The paintings of Maurice and Charles Prendergast were influenced by both post-impressionism and folk art, two of Dr. Barnes’s greatest areas of interest. Learn about the brothers’ sources of inspiration, unique painting techniques, and lifelong influence on one another. 

Thursday, July 13
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; free reservations required; space is limited

Sold out.

Henri Rousseau, The Unpleasant Surprise

The Renegade Company presents An Unpleasant Surprise

The Renegade Company, a theater group based in South Philadelphia, presents An Unpleasant Surprise, a surrealist take on Henri Rousseau's 1901 painting Unpleasant Surprise. Audience members will be led through the arboretum and will interact with the performers as if they are a part of the painting themselves. Conceived and created by Mike Durkin and Doug Greene, this choose-your-own-adventure experience—a mix of audience interaction, dance, and music—will enable audience members to appreciate the different perspectives of the characters in the painting: the woman, the bear, and the hunter.   

The Renegade Company celebrates, challenges, and deconstructs the iconography of classic artworks and creates original theatrical pieces that repurpose them. With partnerships with local artisans, from puppeteers to ice-cream makers, Renegade incorporates myriad sensory experiences in each multidisciplinary piece. For more information, visit www.therenegadecompany.org.

 

Saturday, July 15
Noon 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA $25; members $22

Reserve general admission or member tickets or call 215.278.7200. Parking is free.

Can't make it on Saturday? Catch Sunday's performance instead.

Henri Rousseau, The Unpleasant Surprise

The Renegade Company presents An Unpleasant Surprise

The Renegade Company, a theater group based in South Philadelphia, presents An Unpleasant Surprise, a surrealist take on Henri Rousseau's 1901 painting Unpleasant Surprise. Audience members will be led through the arboretum and will interact with the performers as if they are a part of the painting themselves. Conceived and created by Mike Durkin and Doug Greene, this choose-your-own-adventure experience—a mix of audience interaction, dance, and music—will enable audience members to appreciate the different perspectives of the characters in the painting: the woman, the bear, and the hunter.   

The Renegade Company celebrates, challenges, and deconstructs the iconography of classic artworks and creates original theatrical pieces that repurpose them. With partnerships with local artisans, from puppeteers to ice-cream makers, Renegade incorporates myriad sensory experiences in each multidisciplinary piece. For more information, visit www.therenegadecompany.org.

Sunday, July 16
Noon 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA $25; members $22

Reserve general admission or member tickets or call 215.278.7200. Parking is free.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family tour: Highlights

Explore some of the most important works in the Barnes collection in a family-friendly way, and learn to see like an artist. 

 

Sunday, July 16
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Collection admission included; reservations required. Tours are for families with children 12 and under.

Third Sunday of each month

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 1–4 pm.

Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

Tuesday, July 18
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Cowboy and Row Homes

Lecture. Photographer Ron Tarver

Ron Tarver, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and instructor of studio art at Swarthmore College, discusses his work documenting the life of the African American cowboy. Spend some time beforehand in our special exhibition, Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders.

Wednesday, July 19
Exhibition access: 5:30–6:30 pm; Lecture: 6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $18; members $9; college students free with valid ID (walk-up only)

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Andrew Drew and Drew

ARTime Storytime: Andrew Drew and Drew

by Barney Saltzberg

Anything can happen when Andrew gets hold of a pencil! Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, July 20
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Free reservations required: book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Twilight in the Arboretum

Twilight in the Arboretum

Picnic under the open sky with an enchanting acoustic guitar performance by Matt Richards. Stroll the grounds after hours and enjoy the sights, scents, and sounds of twilight at the Barnes Arboretum.

 

Thursday, July 20
5:30–7:30 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members free; children under 12 free

 Reserve general admission or member tickets or call 215.278.7200. Parking is free.

 

Cézanne's The Card Players
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Cézanne

Considered by many to be the father of modern art, Paul Cézanne captured Dr. Barnes’s attention early in his career as a collector. Examine Cézanne’s influential painting style as it manifests in landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes throughout the Barnes collection, and discover how he impacted other Barnes favorites like Matisse and Renoir.

Friday, July 21
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; free reservations required; space is limited

Sold out.

Ratatouille

Film. Ratatouille

Directed by Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava, 2007. 111 min.

When fate pushes Remy the rat into the city of Paris, he discovers his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau, and a chance to pursue his own lifelong dream of becoming one of the greatest chefs in history. Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy at Gusteau’s restaurant, who inadvertently discovers Remy's amazing talents.  

Monday, July 24
7–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 1–4 pm.

Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

Tuesday, July 25
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Maurice Prendergast, Rocks, Waves and Figures
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, The Prendergast Brothers

The paintings of Maurice and Charles Prendergast were influenced by both post-impressionism and folk art, two of Dr. Barnes’s greatest areas of interest. Learn about the brothers’ sources of inspiration, unique painting techniques, and lifelong influence on one another. 

Wednesday, July 26
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; free reservations required; space is limited

Sold out.

Jordan Dodson

Solo Series: Resonance with Jordan Dodson, guitar

Classical guitarist Jordan Dodson presents Resonance,a tour-de-force program featuring world-premiere performances of Stand Still Here by Jenny Beck and North Star by Mark Yodice. The program also includes Dai Fujikura’s turbulent but dreamy Chance Monsoon (2014); Luciano Berio’s modern classic Sequenza XI (1987–88); legendary Cuban guitarist-composer Leo Brouwer’s newest sonata, Ars Combinatoria (2013); and Sonata L. 483 by Domenico Scarlatti.

Audience members are invited to spend time in the Barnes collection galleries prior to the concert.

 

For an interview with classical guitarist Jordan Dodson about Resonance, tune into VERSO, our new behind-the-scenes podcast series!

Subscribe to VERSO by searching for "Barnes Foundation" on iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app. 

 

Thursday, July 27
Collection access: 6:30–8 pm; Concert: 8–9:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $30; members $20; students $10

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 1–4 pm.

Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

 

 

Tuesday, August 1
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Oscar Peñas

First Friday! Oscar Peñas

The second performance in our three-part jazz series features Spanish guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas, whose music has been described by WNYC as “transnational cool.” Nominated for an Independent Music Award in 2015, Peñas fuses Spanish folk music and Brazilian grooves over an American jazz base. Peñas’s quartet features harmonica player Yotam Ben-Or, bassist Moto Fukushima, and drummer Richie Barshay.

First Friday! is sponsored by

2016 Blue Moon logo

Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

 

Friday, August 4
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $28; college students $10 (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Free First Sundays at the Barnes

Free First Sunday: Funk

Led by drummer and composer John Venezia, Wack Cheddar is a Philly band fusing elements of funk, rock, jazz, and pop. Enjoy Wack Cheddar’s grooves, then bring your energy to the outdoor boot camp and get funky on the grounds of the Barnes! 

Free First Sundays are generously presented by PECO.

 

 

Sunday, August 6
Collection access 10 am–5 pm; Programming 1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on site starting at 9 am. For more information, please click here.

ArtSee Activities

ArtSee Activities: Sizzling Summer

It’s sizzling summer outside! Paint a beach scene, shape water creatures, and drizzle a beach bag with colorful concoctions!

Sunday, August 6
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free drop-in for all ages.

Visit the galleries with a Free First Sunday ticket.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 1–4 pm.

Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

Tuesday, August 8
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Glackens, The Raft

Lecture. The Beach Scenes of William Glackens and Maurice Prendergast

Spend time in the Barnes collection before taking in a lecture on the carefree beach scenes of American painters William Glackens and Maurice Prendergast. Using examples drawn from the collection, senior Barnes instructor William Perthes will explore the various pictorial possibilities that water scenes allowed these artists.

Wednesday, August 9
Exhibition access: 5:30–6:30 pm; Lecture: 6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $18; members $9; college students free with valid ID (walk-up only)

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Cloudette

ARTime Storytime: Cloudette

by Tom Lichtenheld

Cloudette wants to help a garden grow and to make brooks babble. Come hear the story and color your very own cloud landscape. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, August 10
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Free reservations required: book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Chaim Soutine, The Pastry Chef
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Modigliani and Soutine

Amedeo Modigliani and Chaim Soutine became friends while living in Montparnasse, the Parisian artistic and intellectual hub of the 1920s and '30s. Learn more about their friendship and the very different ways they approached visual representation. 

Thursday, August 10
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; free reservations required; space is limited

Sold out.

Family tour

Family tour: Highlights

Explore some of the most important works in the Barnes collection in a family-friendly way, and learn to see like an artist.

Sunday, August 13
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Collection admission included; reservations required. Tours are for families with children 12 and under.

Second Sunday of each month

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 1–4 pm.

Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

Tuesday, August 15
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Cézanne's The Card Players
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Cézanne

Considered by many to be the father of modern art, Paul Cézanne captured Dr. Barnes’s attention early in his career as a collector. Examine Cézanne’s influential painting style as it manifests in landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes throughout the Barnes collection, and discover how he impacted other Barnes favorites like Matisse and Renoir.

Wednesday, August 16
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; free reservations required; space is limited

Sold out.

Only One You

ARTime Storytime: Only One You

by Linda Kranz

Lively little rockfish remind us that there’s only one you. After the story, design your own patterned fish. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, August 17
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Free reservations required: book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Family tour

Family tour: Highlights

Explore some of the most important works in the Barnes collection in a family-friendly way, and learn to see like an artist. 

 

Sunday, August 20
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Collection admission included; reservations required. Tours are for families with children 12 and under.

Third Sunday of each month

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Manet, Laundry

In Focus: Manet’s Laundry (Le Linge)

Gallery talk by Galina Olmsted, PhD candidate in art history at the University of Delaware.

Monday, August 21
2–2:30 pm Room 2 Free with admission

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 1–4 pm.

Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

Tuesday, August 22
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

St. Thomas Gospel Choir

Resounding Voices Choral Series. Celebrate!

The choral series continues in the Barnes Foundation’s light-filled Annenberg Court with the voices of the St. Thomas Gospel Choir. Director Walt Blocker leads the choir in a musical journey through African American music: from spirituals to gospel and a little Motown. Come celebrate with St. Thomas! This event is free and open to the public.

 

Sunday, August 27
3–4:15 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Reserve free tickets online. For more information, call 215.278.7200. 

Moonrise Kingdom

Film. Moonrise Kingdom

Directed by Wes Anderson, 2012. 94 min.

In this Wes Anderson romp set in 1965, two twelve-year-olds fall in love and make a pact to run away into the wilderness, escaping the tyranny of parents and summer camp. As the authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm brews over their New England island, and social order is turned on its head.

Monday, August 28
7–8:45 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 1–4 pm.

Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

Tuesday, August 29
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Chaim Soutine, The Pastry Chef
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Modigliani and Soutine

Amedeo Modigliani and Chaim Soutine became friends while living in Montparnasse, the Parisian artistic and intellectual hub of the 1920s and '30s. Learn more about their friendship and the very different ways they approached visual representation. 

Thursday, August 31
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; free reservations required; space is limited

Sold out.

The Jost Project

First Friday! The Jōst Project

This jazz collective features the vocal stylings of Paul Jōst with Tony Miceli on vibraphones and Kevin MacConnell on acoustic bass as they merge standards from the Great American Songbook. The ever-expanding repertoire of The Jōst Project includes rock/pop classics such as Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”; Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King’s “Tennessee Waltz”; and the Beatles’ “Come Together.”  

First Friday! is sponsored by

2016 Blue Moon logo

Become a member for free First Friday! tickets.

 

Friday, September 1
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $28; college students $10 (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Free First Sundays at the Barnes

Free First Sunday: Jazz Ahead!

The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble brings a taste of the upcoming Philadelphia United Jazz Festival as they perform high-energy jazz fused with Afrocentric flavor.

Free First Sundays are generously presented by PECO.

 

 

Sunday, September 3
Collection access 10 am–5 pm; Programming 1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on site starting at 9 am. For more information, please click here.

ArtSee Activities

ArtSee Activities: At Work

It’s fall, and it’s time for work: yard work, school work, chores and more. Get your artwork going full force with inventive toolbox and bag projects. 

Sunday, September 3
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free drop-in for all ages.

Visit the galleries with a Free First Sunday ticket.

La Haine

Film. La Haine

Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995. 98 min.

This French film follows the lives of three young men from immigrant families in the aftermath of a riot. Set in the notoriously violent housing projects on the outskirts of Paris, La Haine’s themes of race, community, and marginalization resonate with those of our special exhibition Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders.

Monday, September 4
7:30–9:15 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 1–4 pm.

Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

 

 

Tuesday, September 5
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Family tour

Family tour: Highlights

Explore some of the most important works in the Barnes collection in a family-friendly way, and learn to see like an artist.

Sunday, September 10
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Collection admission included; reservations required. Tours are for families with children 12 and under.

Second Sunday of each month

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 1–4 pm.

Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

Tuesday, September 12
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Which Way?

ARTime Storytime: Which Way?

by Marthe Jocelyn

What do we see in the signs all around us every day? Find out, and make your own traffic sign. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!).

Thursday, September 14
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Free reservations required: book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Maurice Prendergast, Rocks, Waves and Figures
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, The Prendergast Brothers

The paintings of Maurice and Charles Prendergast were influenced by both post-impressionism and folk art, two of Dr. Barnes’s greatest areas of interest. Learn about the brothers’ sources of inspiration, unique painting techniques, and lifelong influence on one another. 

Thursday, September 14
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; free reservations required; space is limited

Sold out.

Twilight in the Arboretum

Twilight in the Arboretum

Enjoy an evening of music on the great lawn. Bring a picnic, stroll the grounds after hours, and enjoy the sights, scents, and sounds of twilight at the Barnes Arboretum.

 

Thursday, September 14
5:30–7:30 pm 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members free; children under 12 free

Reserve general admission or member tickets or call 215.278.7200. Parking is free.

 

Domenic Vitiello

Lecture. Domenic Vitiello, The Sanctuary City

Domenic Vitiello, associate professor of urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses the sanctuary movements of the 1980s and today. Spend some time beforehand in our special exhibition Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders.

Thursday, September 14
Exhibition access: 5:30–6:30 pm Lecture: 6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $18; members $9; college students free with valid ID (walk-up only)

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Artist Bash

Artist Bash: Drivers of Social Change

Artist Bash returns this fall, packing another powerhouse lineup of creative movers and shakers at the forefront of social change. Taking a cue from our contemporary exhibition, Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders, which centers on themes of civic engagement and youth empowerment in marginalized communities, this artist salon-style event brings together musicians, comedians, and poets harnessing art's power to drive social justice and transformation.

Catch an open mic hosted by The Harvest, and watch Jamie Merwin of olive Dance Theatre and DJ Rich Medina premiere a new collaboration celebrating the artistry and activism of Muhammad Ali. The lineup also includes Yellow Rage—a spoken-word duo made up of Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh—and more.

In partnership with Hilary Beard, iHeartRadio, Onehunted, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, and Small But Mighty Arts. Includes after-hours access to the collection and Urban Riders exhibition.

Friday, September 15
8–11 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $30; members $15.

Reserve general admission or member tickets or call 215.278.7200. 

Clothespin sculpture

Center City sculpture walking tour

David Nolan, adjunct art instructor

Within a few blocks of City Hall, nestled between office buildings, are sculptures by several of the 20th century’s most prominent artists. On this walking tour, consider the relationship between art and the urban environment and the concept of public and private space. Highlights include Oldenburg’s Clothespin and Lipchitz’s Government of the People. Tour leaves at promptly at 10 am from the clothespin sculpture at 15th and Market Streets. Rain date: Sunday, September 17. 

Saturday, September 16
9:45 am–noon Meet at the clothespin sculpture at 15th and Market Streets $20; members $16

Reserve general admission or member tickets or call 215.278.7200.

Family tour

Family tour: Highlights

Explore some of the most important works in the Barnes collection in a family-friendly way, and learn to see like an artist. 

 

Sunday, September 17
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Collection admission included; reservations required. Tours are for families with children 12 and under.

Third Sunday of each month

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse, The Music Lesson

In Focus: Matisse’s The Music Lesson

Gallery talk by Galina Olmsted, PhD candidate in art history at the University of Delaware.

Monday, September 18
2–2:30 pm Room 19 Free with admission

The Wake World

Opera Philadelphia Dinner

Please join us for an early dinner at the Barnes before enjoying Opera Philadelphia’s performance of The Wake World.

Menu

 

For questions, please contact Christian Lindberg at christian.lindberg@starrcateringgroup.com



Monday, September 18–Tuesday, September 19; Saturday, September 23–Monday, September 25
5–7 pm seating 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $110; members $99

Make general or member reservations online or call 215.278.7200.

The Wake World

Opera Philadelphia: The Wake World

Music and libretto by David Hertzberg

Based on the story “The Wake World” by Aleister Crowley

Directed by R.B. Schlather

Performed in English with English supertitles

In this world premiere, two of the early 20th century’s most prolific and polarizing artistic visionaries collide: physician, collector, and writer Dr. Albert C. Barnes (1872–1951) and Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), the British poet, magician, and occultist once dubbed the “wickedest man in the world.” In a one-act opera inspired by Crowley’s ecstatic fairy tale “The Wake World,” visitors will experience the Barnes collection like never before. Works of art jump off the gallery walls and into the action as the museum is transformed, with the voices of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus drawing the audience through a vivid, mystical world. A fully immersive performance, The Wake World challenges understandings of art, opera, and the self in a way audiences are unlikely to forget.

Interested in joining us for an early dinner on-site? 



Monday, September 18–Tuesday, September 19; Saturday, September 23–Monday, September 25
Collection access: 7–8 pm; Performance: 8–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Register online or call 215.732.8400.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 1–4 pm.

Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

Tuesday, September 19
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Barney Backhoe and the Big City Dig

ARTime Storytime: Barney Backhoe and the Big City Dig

by Susan Knopf

Barney the backhoe is excited to help build a skyscraper in the big city, and you will be, too. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers (everyone needs a ticket!). 

Thursday, September 21
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Free reservations required: book for 10:30 or 11:30 or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Cézanne's The Card Players
members only

New Members Tour: Meet Your Masterpiece, Cézanne

Considered by many to be the father of modern art, Paul Cézanne captured Dr. Barnes’s attention early in his career as a collector. Examine Cézanne’s influential painting style as it manifests in landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes throughout the Barnes collection, and discover how he impacted other Barnes favorites like Matisse and Renoir.

Friday, September 22
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 New members only; free reservations required; space is limited

Call 215.278.7200 to reserve tickets.

Barnes + Indego

Open House: #BiketoBarnes

Hey, Philly! Bring your bikes and ride up to the Barnes as we celebrate our partnership with Indego bike share. Admission is free tonight and includes valet bike parking for your ride!

Be first to see the unveiling of Indego bikes wrapped in Barnes paintings—wraps were selected by public vote, and we’ll be hosting pop-up talks in our collection so you can learn about the works you’ll see rolling through the city. Plus, check out our exhibition Urban Riders, inspired by artist Mohamed Bourouissa’s collaboration with a community of North Philadelphia horsemen. Sips, bites, and art after hours await. Don’t miss it.

 

Friday, September 22
5–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free walk-up; exhibition access only

For more information, call 215.278.7200.

Parkway plantings
members only

Parkway Plantings

Join Barnes gardener Rachel Burlington for a tour of the Parkway grounds and experience the exciting seasonal changes taking place among the flora at the Barnes.

Monday, September 25
11 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; free reservations required; space is limited

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Premier tour: A Closer Look

Intimate 90-minute tours with a docent when the collection is closed to the public; includes private access to the Barnes Shop, 1–4 pm.

Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes's ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.

Tuesday, September 26
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

To book, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday.

Parkway sculpture

Parkway sculpture walking tour

David Nolan, adjunct art instructor

This guided discussion of sculpture along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway examines two modes of public art: the memorial and the pure artwork. Consider the problem of the memorial, the question of representation versus abstraction, and issues surrounding public space. Highlights include Henry Moore’s Three Way Piece No. 1: Points and Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker. Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the plaza in front of Café Cret at 16th Street on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Rain date: Sunday, October 1. 

Saturday, September 30
9:45 am–noon Meet at the plaza in front of Café Cret at 16th Street on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway $20; members $16

Reserve general admission or member tickets or call 215.278.7200.