Programs: Calendar

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.