Free First Sundays

Free First Sundays

Free First Sunday presented by PECO

The Barnes offers free admission and programming on the first Sunday of every month. Visitors are welcome to attend talks, performances, and hands-on activities throughout the day. Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on-site starting at 9 am. 

First Sundays, 10 am–5 pm; programming 1–4 pm

Free First Sunday: Philly-made
Sunday, September 6
1–4 pm

Hands-on ArtSee Activities

1–4 pm
It’s fall and thoughts turn to work. Yard work, schoolwork, and chores of all sorts. Get your artwork going in full force by making an imaginative set of tools, a box, and a bag.

Mural-drawing workshop with Mural Arts Program

1–4 pm
Artist Ben Volta of the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program hosts a mural-drawing workshop. Learn to grid a small picture for a large-scale mural.

Candy-decorating with Shane Confectionery

1–3 pm
A candy-decorating workshop with the Berley brothers, owners of Shane Confectionery (the country’s oldest continuously run candy shop) and the Franklin Fountain ice cream shop. Bring home your decorated candy as a souvenir. Eric and Ryan Berley will also give short talks at 1:30 and 2:30 pm.

Talk by Walé Oyéjidé, designer of Ikiré Jones menswear
2–2:10 pm
Walé Oyéjidé is the designer and creative director of Ikiré Jones, an upscale men’s clothing line based in Philly. Oyéjidé's designs are part of this fall’s Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.

Philadelphia Makers: Unique Journeys

3:30–4:30 pm panel discussion
This panel showcases a range of Philly originals, whose talent and innovation are based in this region.  All panelists were featured in National Geographic Traveler’s recent “Philly Originals” profile:

Walé Oyéjidé, designer and creative director of Ikiré Jones, a menswear company that marries African aesthetics with Neapolitan tailoring

Ellen Yin, owner of Fork, High Street on Market,, and In her kitchens and dining rooms, Yin sources local talent and ingredients from area farmers, butchers, cheesemakers, and decorators.

Anna Bario, co-founder of Bario Neal, a jeweler with a platform of sustainability and social responsibility


Free First Sundays is generously presented by PECO.


Free tickets can be obtained on-site at the Barnes Foundation beginning at 9 am. Advance reservations are not available for Free First Sundays. 

This offer is limited to tickets for two adults and two children per transaction. Tickets are limited and available on a first come-first served basis.

Tickets include access to the Collection gallery, special exhibition and any programming taking place that day.

The Barnes Foundation and PECO look forward to welcoming you to Free First Sundays!