Programs: Calendar

Alumni bloom tour

Alumni bloom tour at Peony's Envy

Join fellow Barnes students and alumni and their guests for a behind-the-scenes tour of Peony’s Envy, a nursery and display garden in Bernardsville, NJ, with an extensive peony collection, including tree, herbaceous, and intersectional varieties. Enjoy a picnic lunch following the tour. Owner Kathleen Gagan studied horticulture at the Barnes Arboretum, and writes and gives nationwide lectures on peonies.

 

Wednesday, June 1
9:30 am–noon Barnes students, alumni, and their guests $15

Reserve: 215.278.7110

First Friday! Summer Soul featuring VINX

Chillax this summer with the music of VINX during an irresistibly soulful First Friday. VINX is a one-man musical powerhouse who combines soaring vocals, layered grooves, and primal hand drums. His original songs fuse storytelling with the heart and soul of a ballad. VINX has recorded and toured with Stevie Wonder, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Branford Marsalis, Ernie Watts, and Cher. Includes collection admission.

Program
6–7 pm live music, Annenberg Court
7:45–8:45 pm live music, Annenberg Court

 

First Friday! is sponsored by

 

 

 

Friday, June 3
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members free

Includes collection access. Cocktails and light fare available for purchase.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Parkway sculpture walking tour

Guide: 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 Thinker. This tour is a one-way walk down the Parkway, not a loop. The rain date for this tour is Sunday, June 5.

 

 

Saturday, June 4
9:45 am–noon Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the plaza in front of Café Cret at 16th Street on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. $20; members $16

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour June 4

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

Saturday, June 4
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour June 5

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

Sunday, June 5
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ArtSee Cart: Circus/Costumes

ArtSee Activities: Lush Landscapes

Imagination stations for family fun! Drop-in programs for all ages on Free First Sundays.

With plenty of sunny and shady landscapes to look at in the cool galleries at the Barnes, you’ll have plenty of inspiration for your own pop-up garden, picturesque painting, and landscape bag.

Sunday, June 5
1–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; drop-in

Pick up a separate Free First Sunday ticket starting at 9 am to access the galleries.

Barnes Foundation

A Sense of Sight

Instructor: Leslie Bowen, MFA

This artist-led workshop is an opportunity to explore emblematic works in the Barnes collection and gain insight into artists’ intentions, motivations, and processes. The workshop incorporates historical and biographical information, but the focus is on careful observation in the galleries.

 

Monday and Tuesday, June 6–7 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

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Tuesday Premier Tours

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

A Closer Look
Tuesdays in June, July, August, September
4–5:30 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.

Paul Cézanne
Tuesdays in June, July, August, September
4–5:30 pm
Paul Cézanne is often regarded as the father of modern painting. Take a comprehensive look at his life and achievements, including the monumental works The Card Players and The Large Bathers. There are 69 Cézanne paintings in the collection.

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 7
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Theories of the Nonobject: author talk and reading

Join Mónica Amor as she discusses her new book Theories of the Nonobject: Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, 1944–1969. Amor investigates the crisis of the sculptural and painterly object and presents case studies of movements, artists, and critics, tracing their role in the reconceptualization of the art that Brazilian critic and poet Ferreira Gullar heralded in his "Theory of the Nonobject," a seminal essay published in 1959. Her book brings scholarly attention to a group of major art figures, including Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, and Gego, whose work proposed engaged forms of spectatorship that dismissed medium-based understandings of art.

Wednesday, June 8
6–7 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Circus Surprise

ARTime Storytime: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Whether fluttery, pretty, creepy, or roly-poly, bugs can be delightful or frightful. After the reading, try sculpting a bug. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers.

Thursday, June 9
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; reservations required for each child and adult in your party. Collection admission not included.

Reserve online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200; call us to cancel reservations.

Young Professionals Night
members only

Contemporaries VIP Reception at YP Night

Mingle with fellow Contemporaries members and enjoy light bites and cocktails to kick off another fabulous young professionals night

Friday, June 10
6:30-7:30pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Contemporaries Free

Reserve: 215.278.7110.

Young professionals night: SPLASH!

Here comes the sun! We’re painting the town a brilliant shade of summer at our next young professionals night. Admire Prendergast’s shimmering seas and dive into Glackens’s beach scenes, then escape with a cocktail and live beats by Worldtown SoundSystem, DJ Sabeel Chohan, and Trinidelphia. Then things get tropical: starting June 24, the Barnes heats up with Nari Ward: Sun Splashed, an exhibition of works by a Jamaican-born artist who explores the dynamics of power and politics behind his Caribbean roots and New York identity. Whether you relax in the galleries or recharge on the dance floor, make a splash in your brightest, boldest hues with hundreds of young art aficionados.

Hosted by the Contemporaries.

Young Professionals Night is sponsored by

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 10
7–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $30; members $15; Contemporaries free

Includes collection access. Cocktails and light fare available for purchase.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Center City architecture walking tour

Guide: Ross Mitchell, director of Barnes-de Mazia Eduation and Outreach Programs

How many times have you passed a remarkable example of architecture and not noticed? Philadelphia’s built environment offers a wide range of shapes and textures—explore the architecture of the Race Street Quaker meeting house, the Metropolitan Hotel, and the Masonic Temple. The rain date for this tour is Sunday, June 12.

 

Saturday, June 11
9:45 am–noon Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the Benjamin Franklin sculpture across from the Masonic Temple at 1 North Broad Street. $20; members $16

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour June 11

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

Saturday, June 11
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour June 12

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

Sunday, June 12
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the Collection Gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, June 12
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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The Encrypted Collection: Connections and Intentions in the Barnes Foundation’s Ensembles

Instructor: John B. Gatti, MFA

The Barnes Foundation is renowned for its ensembles, with a diversity of art forms and cultures represented on each wall of the galleries. This artist-led workshop is an opportunity to explore the connections between the objects in the Barnes collection and unlock the possible meanings in the unique combinations of works.

 

Monday and Tuesday, June 13–14 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

 

 

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

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

A Closer Look
Tuesdays in June, July, August, September
4–5:30 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.

Paul Cézanne
Tuesdays in June, July, August, September
4–5:30 pm
Paul Cézanne is often regarded as the father of modern painting. Take a comprehensive look at his life and achievements, including the monumental works The Card Players and The Large Bathers. There are 69 Cézanne paintings in the collection.

Tuesday, June 14
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

matisse's garden

ARTime Storytime: Matisse’s Garden

After cutting out one paper bird and thinking it looked lonely, Henri Matisse created a garden filled with playful shapes. With Matisse as your inspiration, collage colorful materials to make your own glorious garden. Best for children aged 2–5 and their caregivers.

Thursday, June 16
10:30–11 am and 11:30 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; reservations required for each child and adult in your party. Collection admission not included.

Reserve online for the 10:30 session or the 11:30 session or call 215.278.7200; call us to cancel reservations.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour June 18

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

Saturday, June 18
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour June 19

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

Sunday, June 19
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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ArtSee Cart: African Art Adventure

When the ArtSee Cart pops up, there are plenty of things to look at, touch, and do! For all ages.

The ArtSee Cart is generously funded by The 25th Century Foundation; Marcy Gringlas, Joel Greenberg, and Seed the Dream Foundation; and Louise A. and Peter H. Havens

Sunday, June 19
2–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free; drop-by

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the Collection Gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, June 19
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Foundation

Stories in Paint: The Masters’ Works and the Masters’ Voices

Instructor: John B. Gatti, MFA

If the Barnes Foundation’s masterpieces could speak, what would they say? In an artist-led examination of works by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, and other virtuosos in the Barnes collection, learn to read the visual languages of art and recognize an artist’s voice.

 

Monday and Tuesday, June 20–21 (2 classes)
10 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $300; members $270

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

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

A Closer Look
Tuesdays in June, July, August, September
4–5:30 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.

Paul Cézanne
Tuesdays in June, July, August, September
4–5:30 pm
Paul Cézanne is often regarded as the father of modern painting. Take a comprehensive look at his life and achievements, including the monumental works The Card Players and The Large Bathers. There are 69 Cézanne paintings in the collection.

 

 

Tuesday, June 21
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Nari Ward
members only

Member preview of Nari Ward: Sun Splashed

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

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 22
10am-5pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members Free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

To reserve online, follow the link and select your desired date from the calendar.

 

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members only

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed preview lecture

View the new exhibition and learn more about Nari Ward’s found-object art during a conversation with the artist and Thom Collins.

Wednesday, June 22
11am - noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Nari Ward
members only

Member Preview of Nari Ward: Sun Splashed

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

 

 

 

Thursday, June 23
10am-5pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Members Free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

To reserve online, follow the link and select your desired date from the calendar.

 

Circus Surprise

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed opening party

Be one of the first to explore Sun Splashed, a mid-career survey of the found-object assemblage art of Nari Ward. Animated by flânerie—the idle, detached observation of street life that 19th-century writers associated with the rise of modern cities—and making reference to African tribal art, Ward’s oeuvre resonates with the Barnes collection and speaks with penetrating insight and imagination to a broad range of subjects, including black history and culture, the dynamics of power and politics, and Caribbean diaspora identity.

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed, installation view, Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2015. Photo courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami. Photo by STUDIO LHOOQ

Friday, June 24
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members $20

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour June 25

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

Saturday, June 25
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Barnes Arboretum

Barnes Arboretum Tour June 26

Explore the Arboretum-with its 40 state champion trees and rose, lilac, peony, and fern collections-as a remarkable example of early 20th-century landscape design, and an insight into the personalities and collecting philosophies of its founders.

Sunday, June 26
1–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

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

A Closer Look
Tuesdays in June, July, August, September
4–5:30 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.

Paul Cézanne
Tuesdays in June, July, August, September
4–5:30 pm
Paul Cézanne is often regarded as the father of modern painting. Take a comprehensive look at his life and achievements, including the monumental works The Card Players and The Large Bathers. There are 69 Cézanne paintings in the collection.

 

Tuesday, June 28
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.