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 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!

February 1
Youth Leaders

1–4 pm ArtSee Activities, hands-on crafts
There’s no other family quite like yours—or is there? Inspired by Horace Pippin and other artists’ paintings of fabulous families, outline your family tree, draw a family portrait, and make a family-friendly bag.

1–1:30 pm Art Sanctuary talk
Every year, noted journalists, writers, and performance artists from across the US join Art Sanctuary—Philadelphia’s leading African American arts and letters organization devoted to presenting outstanding regional and national talent in the literary, visual, and performing arts—for the annual Celebration of Black Writing festival. Join them for a talk about the upcoming festival.

1:45–2:45 pm Tune Up Philly performance
The mission of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Tune Up Philly program is to nurture children by keeping them engaged in success through weekday music instruction outside of school hours. Philadelphia Youth Orchestra believes that music education is a powerful vehicle for children to master skills for cooperative learning, teamwork, academic success, and self-esteem.

2–4 pm ARTime Storytime
Arty books and stories about design and nature for children of all ages.

2:45–3:05 pm Brandywine River Museum talk
The first major exhibition on Horace Pippin is at the Brandywine River Museum this April. Join Audrey Lewis, curator of Horace Pippin: The Way I See It, as she discusses Pippin’s singular vision.

3:30–4:30 pm William Glackens talk and Aizuri Quartet performance
Dr. Martha Lucy discusses the friendship between Albert Barnes and William Glackens, which revolved around their shared passion for French modernism. William Glackens closes on Monday, February 16. Following the talk, the Aizuri Quartet will premiere the first of three new compositions inspired by the Barnes collection and composed by students and faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music. Today’s piece by composer Alyssa Weinberg is a response to the life and work of William Glackens.

March 1
Writers and Creators

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