Programs: Calendar

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Plant sale member preview

Shop for a wide variety of plants at the Barnes Arboretum's annual plant sale, including Clethra, conifers, Japanese maples, lilacs, magnolias, roses, Stewartia, ferns, houseplants, peonies, and perennials, then tour the arboretum and greenhouse on your own or with one of our wonderful guides.

Proceeds support the Barnes Arboretum and Horticulture Education program. Every purchase helps us grow.

Public hours begin at 10 am.

Saturday, April 30
8:30 am–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 Free; drop-in

Plant Sale

Shop for a wide variety of plants at the Barnes Arboretum's annual plant sale, including Clethra, conifers, Japanese maples, lilacs, magnolias, roses, Stewartia, ferns, houseplants, peonies, and perennials, then tour the arboretum and greenhouse on your own or with one of our wonderful guides.

Proceeds support the Barnes Arboretum and Horticulture Education program. Every purchase helps us grow.

Saturday, April 30
10 am–2 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 Free; drop-in

ArtSee Cart: Circus/Costumes

ArtSee Activities: Awesome Architecture

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

What a building! After observing and sketching fascinating architectural details in our building, construct your own diorama of the Barnes collection and design your own Parkway building bag.

Sunday, May 1
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.

trisha brown: in the new body

Creative Collaborations in the Work of Trisha Brown

Susan Rosenberg, the scholar-in-residence at the Trisha Brown Dance Company, discusses choreographer Trisha Brown’s collaborations with visual and sound artists, her staged performances between 1979 and 2012, her drawings, and her work in opera. This talk underscores Brown’s distinctive approach to music and to her work’s staging, emotion, and narrative.

Sunday, May 1
3:30–4:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Free, reservations recommended. Pick up separate Free First Sunday tickets to access the galleries.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

BF283

What Did Picasso See in Renoir?

In the early 1920s Picasso developed a strange brand of classicism, filling his canvases with hulking human bodies bearing massive limbs and serene expressions. Looking closely at these paintings, Deputy Director for Education & Public Programs and Curator Martha Lucy explores their connection to the late work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Though Renoir’s late paintings are often derided by critics today, they were undeniably important for Picasso and other artistic giants of the early 20th century. 

Pablo Picasso. Two Figures, c. 1921. BF283. © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © 2016 The Barnes Foundation

Sunday, May 1
3:30–4:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA Free; reservations recommended. Pick up separate Free First Sunday tickets to access the galleries.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Tuesday Premier Tours

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

A Closer Look
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, May 3
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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Stressed Out! Using Botanicals as Phytotherapy

Instructor: Dr. Anne Bower, ecologist and medical herbal specialist, Philadelphia University

Learn how to make herbal home remedies for stress relief and relaxation, including teas, decoctions, poultices, and aromatherapy that use calming herbs like chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, licorice root, and peppermint.

Friday, May 6
1:30–3:30 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $30; members $27

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

First Friday! Asia Fantasia

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.

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

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

A Closer Look
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, 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, a native of Venezuela, 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 in the practices of artists, 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 “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: 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. Then things get tropical: starting June 22, 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.

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.

 

 

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Tuesday Premier Tours

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

A Closer Look
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, 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.

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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.

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Tuesday Premier Tours

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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.

ensemble

Tuesday Premier Tours

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent on a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.