Programs: Calendar

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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 from 1-4 pm.

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, September 27
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Mind Over Media

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's featured artists Shinique Smith and Derrick Adams lead a discussion about art practice and engaging with youth on media literacy.

Derrick Adams is a New York-based artist who works in performance, video, sound, and 2D and 3D visual arts. His practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self-image and projection.

Shinique Smith is a New York-based artist whose mixed-media painting, sculpture, and installations of fabric and calligraphy are inspired by the things we consume and discard.

Sunday, October 2
3:30–4:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

 

Van Gogh's The Postman

In Focus Gallery Talk: Van Gogh’s The Postman (Joseph-Étienne Roulin)

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

Monday, October 3
2:00—2:30 pm Room 2 Free with admission

 

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 from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

The Barnes Foundation from outside the West Terrace

Parkway Architecture walking tour

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

The Parkway is known for its monumental architecture, but how many times have you stopped to look? Consider the exteriors of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Parkway House, the Rodin Museum, the Barnes Foundation, the Public Library, and the former Family Court Building from an aesthetic perspective. Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the bottom of the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rain date: October 9.

Saturday, October 8
9:45am-noon Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the bottom of the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. $20; members $16

Register 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 for all ages. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, October 9
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Book 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 from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse holding a long stick to the wall as he works on <i> The Dance</i>

Looking at Matisse Today: a symposium

Inspired by the Foundation’s catalogue Matisse in the Barnes Foundation, edited by Yve-Alain Bois and published in December 2015, the symposium brings together leading international scholars to examine the state of Matisse studies and to consider Matisse in the context of the history of modernism. The symposium includes access to the collection, with 59 works by Matisse, as well as the exhibition on view.

Speakers: Friday, October 14

Karen K. Butler, independent scholar
Why Matisse?

Cécile Debray, curator in charge of modern collections, Musée national d'art moderne–Centre Pompidou
Matisse in His Time

Claudine Grammont, director, Musée Matisse, Nice
Matisse from A to Z: Le Dictionnaire Matisse

Hélène Ivanoff, research fellow, Frobenius-Institute, Frankfurt
Matisse’s Anti-Fetishism

Camran Mani, PhD candidate in art history, Harvard University
Here and Elsewhere: Matisse's Dance Mural

Ellen McBreen, associate professor of art history, Wheaton College
Matisse’s Palette of Objects

Margaret Werth, associate professor, University of Delaware
Matissean Poetics in the 1910s

Alastair Wright, associate professor and tutorial fellow in art history, St. John's College, University of Oxford
Le Bonheur de vivre and the Legacy of Symbolism

 

Speakers: Saturday, October 15

Karl Buchberg, senior conservator, Museum of Modern Art, and Jodi Hauptman, senior curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Matisse’s Cut-Outs

Stephanie D'Alessandro, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of International Modern Art, Art Institute of Chicago
Regrets, Mistakes, and Failures

Patrice Deparpe, director, Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis
Bringing a Matisse Collection to Life in a Museum Setting

Jay Fisher, chief curator, Baltimore Museum of Art
Matisse Drawings c.1930: A Change in Practice

John Klein, professor of art history, Washington University in St. Louis
Ultimate Method or Ultimate Materials?

Gaku Kondo, independent scholar
Matisse’s “In-progress” Photography, 1931–1945

Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, former deputy director for collections at the Musée national d’art moderne–Centre Pompidou
1919–1920 Cinquante dessins par Henri-Matisse: A Demonstration

Anne Théry, PhD candidate in art history, Université Paris X­–Nanterre
Henri Matisse’s Writings and Talks: The Making of a Discourse

 

Please note: speaker schedules are subject to change.

Looking at Matisse Today: A Symposium is sponsored by

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With generous support from the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust, Graham Gund, Toni Ritzenberg, and Constance Smukler.

Additional support from Sheldon Bonovitz, and the Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo.

Accommodations generously provided by The Logan Hotel and The Rittenhouse. Travel arrangements made by Patron Travel. Printing courtesy of Brilliant Studio, Inc.

Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15
9am-5pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $200

General public tickets on sale September 27.

Ellen Philips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden

Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden walking tour

Guide: David Nolan, AFA

Explore the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden, on the banks of the Schuylkill River northwest of Boathouse Row. Developed over nearly thirty years, this sculptural landscape features works on a variety of subjects by national and international artists. Parking available below Girard Avenue Bridge on Kelly Drive. Tour leaves promptly at 10 am from the Lipchitz sculpture. Rain date: October 16.

Saturday, October 15
9:45am-noon Meet at Lipchitz sculpture in Memorial Garden. $20; members $16

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Parkway Plantings
members only

Parkway Plantings

Join Barnes gardener Rachel Burlington for a tour of the Parkway grounds.

 

 

Saturday, October 15
11 am-noon Members free

Register 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 for all ages. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, October 16
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Book online or call 215.278.7200.

Rousseau's The Unpleasant Surprise, a bather caught unaware by a bear with a hunter pointing a gun at it

In Focus Gallery Talk: Rousseau’s Unpleasant Surprise

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

Monday, October 17
2:00—2:30 pm Room 23 Free with admission

 

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 from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse, red madras headress
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour, Matisse's Models

Every artist has their muse, and every muse has their story. Find out which sitter Matisse credited with influencing his famous sense of color, which sitter he spotted on a film set in Nice, and more about the people portrayed in some of his most noted works in the Barnes collection.

 

© 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Wednesday, October 19
2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Book a 2pm tour online or call 215.278.7200.

Large champion sequoia tree at the Barnes Arboretum

They Might (or Might Not) Be Giants: Champion trees of the Barnes Arboretum

Instructor: Bill Rein, Barnes living collections associate and horticulture programs coordinator

The Barnes Arboretum packs nearly 40 state champion trees into its humble 12 acres. Join us for a guided exploration of the arboretum's collection of trees that are the largest known of their kind in Pennsylvania.

Saturday, October 22
10-11:30am Barnes Arboretum, Merion campus, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $15; members $12

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 from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

pedestrians in the square in front of the Grand Bazar Universel

Changing Paris: Photography in the City of Light, 1839–1939

In celebration of the exhibition Live and Life Will Give You Pictures, Sarah Kennel, curator of photography at the Peabody Essex Museum, discusses photography’s technological and artistic evolution during the medium’s first hundred years.

Tuesday, October 25
6:30-7:30pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members and students $8

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

members only

Albert Barnes, African Art, and the Modernist Photographic Vision

Wendy A. Grossman, curatorial associate at The Phillips Collection and lecturer for New York University, Washington DC Program

Photography played a critical role in the way African objects came to be appreciated as modern art in the first half of the 20th century. Starting from a Man Ray photograph of an African mask in the Barnes collection, this talk explores the intersection of avant-garde tastes, African art, and photography, in conjunction with the exhibition Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890–1950.

 

 

Saturday, October 29
2–3 pm Members free

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 from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse’s Le Bonheur de vivre

In Focus: Matisse’s Le Bonheur de vivre

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

Monday, November 7
2:00—2:30 pm Le Bonheur de vivre gallery, second floor Free with admission

 

ArtSee Activities: Sparkle and Light

Screening of Le Voyage dans la Lune

11 minutes. Directed by Georges Méliès, 1902.

This silent short film by Georges Méliès is one of the most influential works in cinema history and the earliest example of the science fiction genre. Philippe Met, professor of French literature and film at the University of Pennsylvania, introduces the film and leads a discussion afterward. Come learn why this film is so iconic—and what passed for special effects in 1902!  

Monday, November 7
6:30–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members and students $8

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 from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

The unique bark of a Japanese Stewardia

Laura’s Favorites: A Bark Appreciation Walk

Instructor: Mark Shaw, Bartlett Tree Experts

Laura L. Barnes was especially fond of trees with interesting bark, which offer a visual and tactile treat even in winter. Her penchant is reflected in the grove of mature Stewartia, the Kousa dogwoods, and other woody plants that offer interest after their leaves have fallen. Join us for a guided tour of trees and large shrubs with ornamental bark. Begins with a presentation in the library classroom.

Saturday, November 12
10–11:30 am Barnes Arboretum, Merion campus, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $15; members $12

Register 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 for all ages. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, November 13
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Book 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 from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse, three sisters on grey background
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Family Influences

Artists don’t create work in a vacuum; they are influenced by a myriad of factors, notably the people closest to them: their families. Learn about how the partners, children, and siblings of Matisse, Renoir, and Van Gogh affected the works and careers of these artists.

 

© 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Wednesday, November 16
11 am and 2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Book an 11am tour or a 2pm tour online or call 215.278.7200.

A man stands with his hand on his hip outside a window

A Most Ingenious Way of Manipulating the Sun

Kaja Silverman, professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the acclaimed History of Photography, Part I, explores photography’s early history in France, focusing on the pioneering work of Hippolyte Bayard.

Wednesday, November 16
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members and students $8

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Picasso, <i>Acrobat and Young Harlequin</i>
members only

Interpreting the Clues: The Metamorphosis of Picasso's Paintings

The surfaces of many of Picasso’s pictures reveal evidence of hidden compositions. Join Ann Hoenigswald, senior conservator of paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, as she goes beneath the surface of Picasso’s art with X-radiographs and infrared images.

 

 © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

Saturday, November 19
2-3pm Members free

Register 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 for all ages. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, November 20
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Book online or call 215.278.7200.

Soutine’s Woman Seated in Armchair

In Focus: Soutine’s Woman Seated in Armchair

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

Monday, November 21
2:00—2:30 pm Room 14 Free with admission

 

Two men and two women sitting on the lawn

Screening of Une Partie de campagne

42 minutes. Directed by Jean Renoir, 1936.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose photographs feature in the exhibition on view, is credited as an assistant director in Jean Renoir’s light-hearted featurette. Distinguished scholar Dudley Andrew, professor of film and comparative literature at Yale University, introduces the film and leads a discussion afterward.

Monday, November 21
6:30–8:15 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members and students $8

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 from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve 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 from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

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

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Glackens Street Cleaners - two men clean a winter street while passersby look on
members only

Member Appreciation Talk with Martha Lucy

Join Martha Lucy, deputy director for education & public programs and curator, for an afternoon talk exclusively for members.

Friday, December 2
Noon–12:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members free

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Picasso’s The Ascetic

In Focus: Picasso’s The Ascetic

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

Monday, December 5
2:00—2:30 pm Room 18 Free with admission

 

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 from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

Tuesday, December 6
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Glackens Street Cleaners - two men clean a winter street while passersby look on
members only

Member Appreciation Talk with Sylvie Patry

Join Sylvie Patry, deputy director for collections and exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator, for an afternoon talk exclusively for members.

Friday, December 9
Noon–12:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Members free

Register 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 for all ages. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, December 11
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Book 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 from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

Tuesday, December 13
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

A young woman stand behind a pool table

Painting and Photography in Dialogue

The photographs in this fall’s exhibition relate thematically, artistically, and theoretically to many of the modern French paintings in the Barnes collection. Martha Lucy, deputy director for education & public programs and curator, explores the interplay between painting and photography in early twentieth-century Paris. 

Tuesday, December 13
6:30–7:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members and students $8

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Member Tour
members only

Meet Your Masterpiece tour, Saints and Their Stories

For centuries, visual expression has been used to transcend the boundaries of written language. Highlighting our collection of religious works, this tour decodes the symbols of the saints—which contemporary viewers would have recognized readily—and delves into their dramatic stories.

Friday, December 16
11 am and 2 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Book an 11am tour or a 2pm tour 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 for all ages. Collection admission included; reservations required.

 

Sunday, December 18
2:30–3:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Book online or call 215.278.7200.

Matisse’s The Madras

In Focus: Matisse’s Le Madras

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

Monday, December 19
2:00—2:30 pm Room 19 Free with admission

 

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 from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

Tuesday, December 20
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve 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 from 1-4 pm.

A Closer Look
Tuesdays July-December
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.

 

 

Tuesday, December 27
4–5:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $60; members $30

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.