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The Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University
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The Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University

Monday, July 31 – Friday, December 30

Visitors are invited to explore the grounds and learn about our rare plants and breathtaking blooms.

Group Visits
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Group Visits

Thursday, March 15 – Wednesday, January 31
Research Notes: <br>January 2019
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Research Notes:
January 2019

Monday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1
Research Notes: May 2019
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Research Notes: May 2019

Monday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1
Research Notes: <br>March 2019
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Research Notes:
March 2019

Monday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1
#SeeingtheBarnes: <br>Community Stories
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#SeeingtheBarnes:
Community Stories

Monday, October 1 – Sunday, December 31
Research Notes: July 2019
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Research Notes: July 2019

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: September 2019
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Research Notes: September 2019

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br>May 2021
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Research Notes:
May 2021

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br> November 2019
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Research Notes:
November 2019

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br>January 2020
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Research Notes:
January 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br>March 2020
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Research Notes:
March 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br>May 2020
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Research Notes:
May 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br>September 2020
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Research Notes:
September 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br>December 2020
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Research Notes:
December 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br>July 2021
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Research Notes:
July 2021

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: December 2021
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Research Notes: December 2021

Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, November 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br>May 2022
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Research Notes:
May 2022

Tuesday, April 30 – Wednesday, March 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br>March 2022
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Research Notes:
March 2022

Tuesday, April 30 – Wednesday, March 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Research Notes: <br>July 2022
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Research Notes:
July 2022

Tuesday, April 30 – Wednesday, March 1

New theories and recent discoveries from the Barnes Foundation's curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

READ Praxis
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READ Praxis

A one-of-a-kind professional development program
Art Education Classes
Online / On-Site

Art Education Classes

New offerings every month

Study art history and art appreciation at the Barnes with a full array of online and on-site classes.

The Barnes–de Mazia Certificate Program
Certificate Programs

The Barnes–de Mazia Certificate Program

Ongoing

This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes Method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.

Gift a Barnes Class
Special Offer

Gift a Barnes Class

Friday, December 18 – Monday, January 8

Give the gift of lifelong learning with art history classes taught by Barnes experts.

Give the Gift of the Barnes: Tickets, Classes, and More
Special Offer

Give the Gift of the Barnes: Tickets, Classes, and More

Friday, December 18 – Monday, January 8

Give the gift of the Barnes to family, friends, and colleagues.

Barnes from Home: Family Art Time
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Barnes from Home: Family Art Time

Ongoing

Kids and their adults can create art and learn from artists and objects in the Barnes collection.

Centennial Celebration: 100 Years of Art Education
Barnes100 / Centennial

Centennial Celebration: 100 Years of Art Education

All year long

This year, we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Barnes Foundation with groundbreaking special exhibitions and innovative programs.

Matisse in the Barnes
Talks & Tours / Centennial

Matisse in the Barnes

This Fall

We're presenting exclusive talks and events spotlighting Henri Matisse, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition Matisse in the 1930s.

Highlights Tour
Talks & Tours

Highlights Tour

Thursday–Monday, 11:30am & 1:30pm

This one-hour tour is perfect for first-time visitors. Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes.

Private Collection Tours
Talks & Tours

Private Collection Tours

Thursday–Monday

Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes. This tour is a private one-hour experience for you and up to seven guests.

Online Art History Classes at the Barnes: <br>Feed Your Mind
Special Offer

Online Art History Classes at the Barnes:
Feed Your Mind

Friday, August 26 – Monday, January 2

The Barnes Foundation has been an innovator in art education for 100 years. For a limited time, sign up to receive 10% off your first class.

Join Now!
Special Offer

Join Now!

Wednesday, August 31 – Monday, October 31
September Spotlight Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and <i>The Dance</i>
Talks & Tours / Members

September Spotlight Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and The Dance

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Tour our collection of paintings by Henri Matisse and learn how a visit to the Barnes collection was a pivotal moment in the artist's career.

Conversation: The Barnes Then and Now—Reflections on Art and Social Justice
Talks & Tours / Centennial

Conversation: The Barnes Then and Now—Reflections on Art and Social Justice

Wednesday, September 28, 6 – 7pm

Jane Golden and Val Gay explore the egalitarian beliefs underpinning Albert Barnes’s creation of the Foundation in 1922. Moderated by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy.

October Spotlight Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and <i>The Dance</i>
Talks & Tours / Members

October Spotlight Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and The Dance

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Tour our collection of paintings by Henri Matisse and learn how a visit to the Barnes collection was a pivotal moment in the artist's career.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: From the Heart
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: From the Heart

Sunday, October 2, 10am – 5pm

Join us for inspiring art and dynamic performances by New York dance ensemble Soles of Duende.

Members-Only Online Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and <i>The Dance</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and The Dance

Tuesday, October 4, 10 – 11am

Study paintings by Matisse and learn how The Dance reinvigorated the artist in the later years of his career.

Visual Cultures of Latin America, 15th–19th Centuries
Online / Art in Context

Visual Cultures of Latin America, 15th–19th Centuries

Thursdays, October 6 – November 3, 3 – 5pm

Instructor: David Kim

First Friday! Daniel de Jesús and AFROTAINO Productions
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance / Centennial

First Friday! Daniel de Jesús and AFROTAINO Productions

Friday, October 7, 6 – 9pm

Cellist, composer, and visual artist Daniel de Jesús performs. Presented in partnership with AFROTAINO Productions.

The School of Paris
Online / Art in Context

The School of Paris

Mondays, October 10 – October 31, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Joseph Tokumasu Field

Imagining Hell, from Giotto to Grosz
Online / Art in Context

Imagining Hell, from Giotto to Grosz

Mondays, October 10 – October 31, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Sheila Barker

Chinese Art in the Barnes Collection
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Chinese Art in the Barnes Collection

Tuesdays, October 11 – November 1, 12 – 2pm

Instructor: Xiuqin Zhou

The Painted Garden
On-Site / The Barnes Method

The Painted Garden

Tuesdays, October 11 – November 1, 12 – 2pm

Instructor: Christine Stoughton

Matisse and Color
On-Site / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Matisse and Color

Tuesdays, October 11 – November 1, 2 – 4pm

Instructor: Michael Williamson

Art and the Brain: Your Brain on Art
Online / Art in Context

Art and the Brain: Your Brain on Art

Tuesdays, October 11 – November 1, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Karen A. Baskerville

Modigliani: A Life
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Modigliani: A Life

Wednesdays, October 12 – November 2, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Matthew Palczynski

European Painting and the Arts of Africa, 1900–1918
Online / Art in Context

European Painting and the Arts of Africa, 1900–1918

Wednesdays, October 12 – November 2, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Naina Saligram

Member Previews: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Members

Member Previews: Modigliani Up Close

Thursday–Saturday, October 13–15

As a member, see our latest exhibition before the public opening.

Members-Only Gallery Talk
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Members-Only Gallery Talk

Sunday, October 16, 10:15 – 11am

Each month, members of our Adult Education team present their ongoing research on the collection to members.

Curators in Conversation: <br> <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Talks & Tours

Curators in Conversation:
Modigliani Up Close

Sunday, October 16, 1 – 2pm

Join the curators and conservators behind our latest exhibition as they discuss Amedeo Modigliani’s unique style, working methods, and materials.

Private Exhibition Tours: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Talks & Tours

Private Exhibition Tours: Modigliani Up Close

Daily, beginning October 20

Take a private, docent led tour of the exhibition for a close look at Amedeo Modigliani’s unique style, working methods, and materials.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Members

Members-Only Tour: Modigliani Up Close

Thursdays, October 20 – December 29, 12 – 1pm

An exclusive, docent-led tour of the groundbreaking special exhibition.

Exhibition Tour: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Talks & Tours

Exhibition Tour: Modigliani Up Close

Daily, beginning October 20
11:30am & 1pm

Take a closer look at Amedeo Modigliani’s style, working methods, and materials.

2022 Centennial Barnes Art Ball
Nightlife / Social / Centennial

2022 Centennial Barnes Art Ball

Friday, October 21

Join us for a celebration of art, community, and philanthropy. The Art Ball marks the Foundation’s centennial, tenth anniversary on the Parkway, and the new exhibition Modigliani Up Close.

Online Member Orientation
Members

Online Member Orientation

Friday, October 21, 10:30 – 11:30am

Join Barnes staff online for a chat about membership at the Foundation and program benefits.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Modigliani Up Close

Wednesday, October 26, 2 – 3pm

Explore Modigliani's unique style, working methods, and materials in this exclusive virtual tour.

Supporter Reception for <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Members

Supporter Reception for Modigliani Up Close

Thursday, October 27, 5:30 – 8pm

Celebrate our centennial anniversary and enjoy exclusive after-hours access to Modigliani Up Close.

November Spotlight Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and <i>The Dance</i>
Talks & Tours / Members

November Spotlight Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and The Dance

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Tour our collection of paintings by Henri Matisse and learn how a visit to the Barnes was a pivotal moment in the artist's career.

German Expressionism: Revolution and Resistance
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

German Expressionism: Revolution and Resistance

Tuesdays, November 1 – November 22, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Ty Vanover

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Modigliani Up Close

Wednesday, November 2, 2 – 3pm

Explore Modigliani's unique style, working methods, and materials in this exclusive virtual tour.

Members-Only Online Talk: Matisse and Philadelphia
Members

Members-Only Online Talk: Matisse and Philadelphia

Friday, November 4, 12 – 1pm

Scholars from the Barnes and the Philadelphia Museum of Art discuss Henri Matisse and his relationship with the city of Philadelphia.

First Friday! Shinjoo Cho & Asian Arts Initiative
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance / Centennial

First Friday! Shinjoo Cho & Asian Arts Initiative

Friday, November 4, 6 – 9pm

Multi-instrumentalist Shinjoo Cho performs with the tango ensemble Oscuro Quintet. Presented in partnership with Asian Arts Initiative.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Creative Process
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Creative Process

Sunday, November 6, 10am – 5pm

Music, dance, art, and more! We’re exploring creativity and inspiration with help from our partner Musicopia.

Members-Only Online Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and <i>The Dance</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and The Dance

Tuesday, November 8, 10 – 11am

Study paintings by Matisse and learn how The Dance reinvigorated the artist in the later years of his career.

Sacred Spaces: Objects of Devotion in the Barnes Collection
On-Site / Art in Context

Sacred Spaces: Objects of Devotion in the Barnes Collection

Tuesdays, November 8 – November 29, 2 – 4pm

Instructor: Amy Gillette

Light in Art
Online / On-Site / The Barnes Method

Light in Art

Wednesdays, November 9 – December 7, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

Botticelli and Renaissance Florence
Online / Art in Context

Botticelli and Renaissance Florence

Wednesdays, November 9 – December 7, 1 – 2:30pm

Instructors: Rachel McGarry, Cecilia Frosinini, Tom Henry, Roberta Bartoli, Rebekah Compton

Matisse and Color
Online / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Matisse and Color

Wednesdays, November 9 – December 7, 4 – 6pm

Instructor: Michael Williamson

Early Modern Artists of Montmartre in the Barnes Collection
Online / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Early Modern Artists of Montmartre in the Barnes Collection

Wednesdays, November 9 – December 7, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Al Gury

Seurat: Pointillism or the New Impressionism
Online / Art in Context

Seurat: Pointillism or the New Impressionism

Wednesdays, November 9 – December 7, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Kedra Kearis

Exhibition Class: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Online / Art in Context

Exhibition Class: Modigliani Up Close

Thursdays, November 10 – December 8, 1 – 3pm

Instructors: Nancy Ireson, Barbara Buckley, Simonetta Fraquelli, Matthew Gale, Annette King, Margaret Little, Marie-Amélie Senot

Hearing Painting, Seeing Music
Online / Art in Context

Hearing Painting, Seeing Music

Thursdays, November 10 – December 8, 6 – 8pm

Instructors: Hannah Chan-Hartley, Corrinne Chong

Matisse: The 1930s and Beyond
Online / Art in Context

Matisse: The 1930s and Beyond

Fridays, November 11 – December 9, 12 – 2pm

Instructors: Camran Mani, Ellen McBreen

Lecture: Yve-Alain Bois on Matisse
Talks & Tours

Lecture: Yve-Alain Bois on Matisse

Saturday, November 12, 11:30am – 12:30pm

The art scholar discusses Matisse’s creation of The Dance as a turning point in his career.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Modigliani Up Close

Wednesday, November 16, 2 – 3pm

Explore Modigliani's unique style, working methods, and materials in this exclusive virtual tour.

Member Orientation
Members

Member Orientation

Friday, November 18, 10 – 11:30am

Learn more about the perks of membership at the Barnes and take a guided tour of the collection.

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection

Wednesday, November 30, 5:30 – 6:30pm

See favorite works like never before, with up-close looks that reveal more about the art and artist.

December Spotlight Tour: Modigliani and Soutine: A Surprising Friendship
Talks & Tours / Members

December Spotlight Tour: Modigliani and Soutine: A Surprising Friendship

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Learn about the relationship that grew between these modern artists while living and working in Paris.

First Friday! Yolanda&nbspWisher & The Afroeaters
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance / Centennial

First Friday! Yolanda Wisher & The Afroeaters

Friday, December 2, 6 – 9pm

Led by poet and vocalist Yolanda Wisher, the Philly jazz band performs music from its debut album.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Barnes at 100
Free / Family / Social / Performance / Centennial

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Barnes at 100

Sunday, December 4, 10am – 5pm

Help us celebrate our 100th anniversary with fun family activities, moving performances, and inspiring art.

Members-Only Online Tour: Modigliani and Soutine
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Modigliani and Soutine

Tuesday, December 6, 10 – 11am

Learn about the relationship that grew between these modern artists while living and working in Paris.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Modigliani Up Close

Wednesday, December 7, 2 – 3pm

Explore Modigliani's unique style, working methods, and materials in this exclusive virtual tour.

John Dowell: <i>A Public Intimate Space</i>
Nightlife / Music / Performance

John Dowell: A Public Intimate Space

Thursday, December 8, 7 – 8:30pm

An immersive performance piece by artist John E. Dowell with choreographer Zane Booker and composer Maya Miro Johnson.

Online Member Orientation
Members

Online Member Orientation

Friday, December 16, 10:30 – 11:30am

Join Barnes staff online for a chat about membership at the Foundation and program benefits.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Modigliani Up Close

Wednesday, December 21, 2 – 3pm

Explore Modigliani's unique style, working methods, and materials in this exclusive virtual tour.

Horticulture Certificate Program
Certificate Programs / Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.