Programs: Calendar

Martha Lucy speaks to an auditorium of guests from behind a podium

The 22nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art

This symposium brings together graduate students from nine mid-Atlantic colleges and universities to present current research in the field of art history. Each session includes presentations followed by a moderated discussion.

Friday, March 24
10 am–4:30 pm
Barnes Foundation, Comcast Auditorium

Co-organized by Bryn Mawr College in collaboration with Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

 

10–11:30am: Session 1

Nicole Brown, Princeton University
Living Trees on Stone Bases: The Urbanization of Nature in Roman Art

Amanda K. Chen, University of Maryland
The Fortune of a Freedwoman: Iconography and Identity in Context at the Tomb of Naevoleia Tyche

Michelle DiMarzo, Temple University
Titian and the Culture of Mid-Century Rome

11:30 am–1 pm: Lunch break

1–2:30 pm: Session 2

Laura Almeida, Penn State University
Forgetting the Best of LIFE: Vik Muniz's Memory Renderings

Emily Warner, University of Pennsylvania
Abstraction Unframed: Abstract Expressionism, Public Space, and the Postwar City

Spencer Wigmore, University of Delaware
‘A Spunky and Skittish Creature': Examining the Animal Body in Thomas Eakins' Equestrian Sculptures

2:30–3 pm: Coffee break

3–4:30 pm: Session 3

Kira Maye Albinsky, Rutgers University
Conspicuous Devotion: The Arciconfraternita del SS. Crocifisso di San Marcello a Roma

Michelle Al-Ferzly, Bryn Mawr College
Enviable Possessions: The Thirteenth-Century Gemellions of Limoges

Orsolya Mednyánszky, John Hopkins University
To Guide the Wandering Mind: A Therapeutic Triptych in Esztergom

 

 

 

Friday, March 24
10 am–4:30 pm Barnes Foundation, Comcast Auditorium Free; registration required.

Co-organized by Bryn Mawr College in collaboration with Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Reserve free 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, March 28
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.

Renoir's On the Grass - 2 young women in large petticoats sit in the grass
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Renoir: The Person behind the Paintings

You know the Barnes is famous for its 181 Renoirs, but how much do you know about the man behind the masterpieces? Learn about Renoir’s life, his relationships, and his opinions about women and modernity. Explore how his personal experiences and ideas manifest in his work.

Thursday, March 30
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Sold out.

Free First Sundays at the Barnes

Free First Sunday: Person of the Crowd

Join us for programs linked to our exhibition Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie. Scribe Video presents short films exploring immigrant experience, Project HOME artists display and discuss their art inspired by the theme of the exhibition, and Take It Away Dance brings tap dance and jazz music together for an interactive afternoon. Outdoors, Orchestra 2001 presents an immersive musical experience.

 

 

Sunday, April 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.

Journeys Near and Far: Shorts on Migration

Curated by Maori Karmael Holmes as part of Scribe Video Center’s Producer’s Forum.

These 6 short documentary films examine people’s movements, immigration and emigration. Whether migrating by choice or force, the impact of leaving one’s home and the longing for a sense of place and identity unite these powerful works. After the screenings, directors Darius Clark Monroe and Brian Redondo join Maori Holmes for a discussion; Rami Nihawi, Lina Alabed, Nadim Deaibes, Andrea Fuentes Charles, and Verónica Jessamyn López Sainz join the conversation via Skype.

Scribe Video Center

Sunday, April 2
2:30–4:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Part of Free First Sundays at the Barnes.

Renoir's Leaving the Conservatory

In Focus: Renoir's Leaving the Conservatory

Learn how Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting connects to the themes of the Person of the Crowd exhibition in this gallery talk by Martha Lucy, Barnes deputy director for education & public programs and curator.

 

Monday, April 3
2–2:30 pm Room 23 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, 14 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, April 4
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 Albert Barnes’s attention early in his collecting career. Examine Cézanne’s influential style as it manifests in landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes throughout the Barnes collection, and discover how he affected other Barnes favorites like Matisse and Renoir.

Thursday, April 6
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Slow Art

Slow Art Day

The Barnes Foundation is pleased to participate in Slow Art Day 2017, a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art. We’ve selected five paintings for your slow looking experience; information on these pieces is sent to participants in advance and staff are on hand to lend assistance on the day. We follow up with a group discussion of your experiences. The Foundation’s educational approach to art appreciation is grounded in careful, prolonged observation and critical thinking, so our mission aligns with Slow Art Day’s goal of focusing on art and the art of seeing. This program is free with general admission but registration is required for the discussion. 

Saturday, April 8
10 am–1 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free with admission

Register 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, April 9
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Collection admission included; reservations required.

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, 14 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, April 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.

Matisse's The Joy of Life
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Themes of Arcadia

Often depicted as an idyllic, uncorrupted natural space and a frequent subject of Renaissance painting, Arcadia has inspired artists and writers since antiquity. Discover how Cézanne, Gauguin, and Matisse have interpreted this timeless subject. 

Wednesday, April 12
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Allan Espiritu, I Was So Blind I Could Not See

Lecture. Allan Espiritu, The Boy with a Thorn in his Side

Award-winning graphic designer Allan Espiritu discusses his pieces in the exhibition and the progression of his work over time. Espiritu is the founder of GDLOFT, a collaborative Philadelphia design studio.

Wednesday, April 12
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $18; members $9

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Flânerie

Symposium. Flânerie and the Politics of Public Space

Writers, artists, and scholars discuss the history of flânerie and the contemporary race and gender politics enmeshed in the simple act of walking down the street. Talks address the complexity of public life in spaces both physical and virtual. Speakers include Bridget Alsdorf, Man Bartlett, André Dombrowski, Tom McDonough, Doreen St. Félix, Angela Washko, and Janet Wolff.

Saturday, April 15
9 am–4 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members and students $15

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Rousseau's Portrait of a Woman in a Landscape

In Focus: Rousseau’s Portrait of a Woman in a Landscape

Gallery talk by Francesca Ferrari, PhD candidate in art history at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Monday, April 17
2–2:30 pm Room 19 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, 14 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, April 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.

Bumblebee on Echinacea purpurea

Cynwyd Trail Earth Day celebration: Cultivating Respect for Pollinators and Other Insects

Dan Duran, associate professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science at Drexel University

All life on earth depends on insects, for more reasons than most people realize. Explore some of the immeasurably important ways that insects keep ecosystems functioning. Learn how we can conserve our much-needed insect diversity through the landscapes we plant. Light fare after the program. Free tours of the arboretum at noon and 12:30.

Saturday, April 22
10–11 am 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $10; members $8

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, 14 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, April 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.

Picasso's Cooking Pot
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Picasso and Matisse

Labeled “friends but enemies” by Gertrude Stein, who introduced them, Picasso and Matisse famously challenged and inspired each other over the course of their prolific careers. Learn about the friendship, mutual influences, and storied creative rivalry of these two giants of modern art.   

Thursday, April 27
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Michelle Ortiz walking tour

Wanderlust walking tour: Michelle Ortiz

Artist and muralist Michelle Ortiz focuses on people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Join Ortiz for a walking tour through South Philly’s Italian Market. Learn about the contributions immigrant communities have made to our city, and meet vendors who will share their immigrant experiences and family histories. Meet at the northwest corner of 9th and Washington.

 

 

 

Saturday, April 29
10–11:30 am The northwest corner of 9th Street and Washington Avenue $15; members and students $10

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Modigliani's Béatrice

In Focus: Modigliani’s Béatrice

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

 

Monday, May 1
2–2:30 pm Room 19 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, 14 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, May 2
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.

Tania Bruguera

Lecture. Tania Bruguera, How to Transform Affect into Political Effectiveness

Tania Bruguera addresses issues of power and control through her often controversial performances and installations. Hear Bruguera discuss her work, including the moving performance piece featured in the exhibition. 

Wednesday, May 3
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $18; members and students $9

Tickets on sale soon!

Wanderlust walking tour

Wanderlust walking tour: Paul M. Farber

Join scholar and curator Paul M. Farber on a walking tour of the five main squares of Center City Philadelphia. Learn about the history of these urban spaces and how they function as sites of civic engagement and as repositories for cultural memory.  Meet at the compass in the center of City Hall’s courtyard. 

Saturday, May 6
10–11:30 am City Hall courtyard compass $15; members and students $10

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Free First Sundays at the Barnes

Free First Sunday: Youth performances

This Sunday features youth performances by Philadelphia Studio Ballet, Art Sanctuary, and PHILADANCO. Bring the family for a lovely afternoon of art, music, and dance!

 

 

Sunday, May 7
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.

Art Sanctuary

The Creative Process: An artist panel discussion

Join Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Arts (CBA) Festival for a panel discussion on the uniquely individual stories behind the creative process.

Featured presenter Bryan Collier is an acclaimed artist and writer who has received both the Coretta Scott King Award and the Caldecott Honor. In 2001, he won the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for Uptown, the first book he both wrote and illustrated. In 2014, he was the US nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s illustration. At the CBA Festival, Collier’s talk will focus on his artwork, which will be displayed at Art Sanctuary for the month of May. Directly following the presentation, Collier will be joined by author Lorene Cary, artist Richard Watson, and composer and jazz vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd in a conversation around the creative process and practice. 

The conversation will be followed by a book signing with Collier.

 

 

Sunday, May 7
3–4:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Part of Free First Sundays at the Barnes.

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, 14 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, May 9
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.

STAMP

STAMP teen party

Co-sponsored by STAMP (Students at Museums in Philly), this event for high-school students offers food, music, and free admission to Person of the Crowd. Artist Man Bartlett discusses his new exhibition-related video project created with students from Overbrook and Central high schools.

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 11
3:30–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Wanderlust walking tour

Wanderlust walking tour: Zoe Strauss

See the city from the point of view of photographer Zoe Strauss, who leads an unconventional walking tour. Departure location to be announced. Check back after April 1 for details.

Saturday, May 13
10–11:30 am TBA $15; members and students $10

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, May 14
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free with gallery admission. Reservations required.

Second Sunday of each month

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Elijah Anderson

The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life

Third Annual Violette de Mazia Lecture

Elijah Anderson, William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University

In Center City Philadelphia, the "cosmopolitan canopy" is conceived as an island in a virtual sea of racial segregation. Under the canopy, diverse people gather in civility, but occasional fault lines appear and erupt in moments of acute disrespect, effectively marginalizing the most stigmatized people present. Such incidents can suddenly threaten or even rend the canopy. Depending on the weakness or strength of "civil society," the canopy may be altered, jeopardizing good race relations. Presented in partnership with Art Sanctuary as part of the 2017 Celebration of Black Arts Festival.

 

Art Sanctuary

 







Sunday, May 14
3–5 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $10; members $8; students free

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, 14 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, May 16
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 Albert Barnes’s attention early in his collecting career. Examine Cézanne’s influential style as it manifests in landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes throughout the Barnes collection, and discover how he affected other Barnes favorites like Matisse and Renoir.

Wednesday, May 17
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Parkway view

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: memorials and pure art. 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 Number 1: Points and Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker. This tour is a one-way walk down the Parkway, not a loop. We leave promptly at 10 am from the plaza in front of Café Cret at 16th Street on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Rain date: Sunday, May 21.

Saturday, May 20
9:45 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $20; members $16

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

30th Street Station

Wanderlust walking tour: 30th Street Station with Scott Knowles

This walk invites participants to explore a space in the city full of comings and goings. Drexel history professor Scott Knowles leads the group. Overheard stories, collected images, and bits and pieces of life in one of the city’s busiest public spaces help compile an improvised work of art. Meet inside 30th Street Station near the angel statue.

Saturday, May 20
10–11:30 am 30th Street Station $15; members and students $10

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, May 21
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Collection admission included; reservations required.

Third Sunday of each month

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse's The Venetian Blinds

In Focus: Matisse's The Venetian Blinds

Gallery talk by Francesca Ferrari, PhD candidate in art history at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Monday, May 22
2–2:30 pm Room 23 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, 14 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, May 23
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.

Matisse's The Music Lesson
members only

Music at the Barnes Foundation

Archivist Barbara Anne Beaucar explores the connections between Albert Barnes and classical artists, conductors, and composers, including his support of black musicians and choral groups and the incorporation of music into his gallery lectures as he compared pieces of music to art. 

Thursday, May 25
Noon–1 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required

Reserve member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square architecture walking tour

Ross Mitchell, director of Barnes-de Mazia education and outreach programs

Examine the buildings surrounding Rittenhouse Square, in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, in terms of their design aesthetics, their relationship to each other and to nearby structures, and their cultural legacy. Tour meets at the Guard House in the center of Rittenhouse Square. Rain date: Sunday, May 28.

Saturday, May 27
9:45 am–noon The Guard House in the center of Rittenhouse Square $20; members $16

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, 14 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, May 30
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.

Free First Sundays at the Barnes

Free First Sunday: Strong at Art

This Sunday’s programming pours out onto the grounds with a farmers' market and boot camp for the “strong at art”! Explore the collection, elevate your heart rate, and go home with local produce.

 

 

Sunday, June 4
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.

Seurat's Models

In Focus: Seurat's Models

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

Monday, June 5
2–2:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 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, 14 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, June 6
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.

Picasso's Cooking Pot
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Picasso and Matisse

Labeled “friends but enemies” by Gertrude Stein, who introduced them, Picasso and Matisse famously challenged and inspired each other over the course of their prolific careers. Learn about the friendship, mutual influences, and storied creative rivalry of these two giants of modern art.   

Wednesday, June 7
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Laurel Hill Cemetery

Laurel Hill Cemetery walking tour

Ross Mitchell, director of Barnes-de Mazia education and outreach programs

Examine the art and aesthetics of this historic 1836 cemetery. Participants are encouraged to look beyond surnames, dates, and history, and focus instead on the designed landscape as an aesthetic statement. Join us for an exploration of the art in the cemetery’s most incredible architecture, monuments, and mausoleums. Meet at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking in the lot across the street from the gatehouse. Light reception after the tour. Presented in conjunction with Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Thursday, June 8
6–9 pm 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132 $20; members $16

Reserve online or call 215.228.8200.

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, June 11
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Collection admission included; reservations required.

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, 14 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, June 13
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 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 in the flora at the Barnes.

 

Thursday, June 15
11 am–noon 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

 

Fountains

Fountains of Philadelphia walking tour

David Nolan, adjunct art instructor

Public fountains have played an integral role in the growth and development of Philadelphia and they remain vital to the city’s vibrancy. Explore several of Philadelphia’s iconic public fountains, including the Washington Monument fountain, the Rodin Museum reflecting pool, the Barnes Foundation water table, and the Swann Memorial Fountain. Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the Fountain of the Seahorses on Waterworks Drive behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, near the Azalea Garden. Rain date: Sunday, June 18.  

Saturday, June 17
9:45 am–noon The Fountain of the Seahorses on Waterworks Drive behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art $20; members $16

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, June 18
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Collection admission included; reservations required.

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, 14 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, June 20
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.

Matisse's The Joy of Life
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Themes of Arcadia

Often depicted as an idyllic, uncorrupted natural space and a frequent subject of Renaissance painting, Arcadia has inspired artists and writers since antiquity. Discover how Cézanne, Gauguin, and Matisse have interpreted this timeless subject. 

Thursday, June 22
2–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members only; limited space, reservations required.

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, 14 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, June 27
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.

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 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

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.