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–6 pm; programming 1–4 pm
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!
10 am–6 pm William Glackens
The first comprehensive survey of William Glackens in over half a century, this exhibition showcases nearly 90 of the artist’s major paintings and works on paper from some of America's finest private and public collections.
1–3 pm Student-led tours of William Glackens
Join art students from Central High School as they guide visitors through William Glackens. Albert C. Barnes and William Glackens were alumni of Philadelphia’s prestigious Central High School, one of the many schools the Barnes Foundation works with each year.
1–1:40 pm Performance
The Kimmel Center Creative Music Program for Jazz brings its own brand of Philadelphia excellence to the Barnes. Now in its fifth season, this free, year-long comprehensive program for students between the ages of 11 and 20 focuses on stimulating students’ individual creativity while developing their jazz musicianship.
1:50–2:20 pm Conversation with Betty Leacraft and Maori Holmes
Join fiber artist Betty Leacraft and Maori Holmes, the founder of the BlackStar Film Festival, as they discuss William Glackens and their own art, including Leacraft’s recent participation in a South African exhibition in tribute to the late President Nelson Mandela.
2–4 pm Hands-On Drawing
This hands-on drawing session, led by the Philadelphia Academy of the Arts (PAFA) and PAFA alumna Abby King, explores the elements of art and design.
2:20–2:40 pm Performance
Musical performance by Jane O’Malley
2:40–2:50 pm Talk: the history of illustration
Join Al Gury, who is the chair of the Painting Department at PAFA as well as a painter, educator, writer and curator, for a talk on the history of illustration.
2:50–3 pm Talk: the relationship between Glackens and Barnes
This short talk shares some of the unique history between Dr. Barnes and Glackens, led by Barnes docent Lyn Berenato.
3–3:30 pm Performance
Performance by singer Laurin Talese, giving visitors a preview of Art Sanctuary’s Sanctuary LIVE! open-mic event in December. Talese is acclaimed for her work with national recording artists, including Jaguar Wright, Robert Glasper, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Moses Hogan Chorale.