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Study art history and art appreciation at the Barnes! We’re now offering a full array of online classes, with new ones rolling out every month. Need-based scholarships are available. Online classes make a great gift.

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Group Tours
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Group Tours

Thursday, March 15 – Tuesday, March 16
#SeeingtheBarnes: <br>Community Stories
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#SeeingtheBarnes:
Community Stories

Monday, October 1 – Thursday, December 31
Research Notes: <br>December 2020
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Research Notes:
December 2020

Tuesday, April 30 – Friday, January 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 – Friday, January 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
New! Winter Online&nbspClasses
Learn from Home

New! Winter Online Classes

Wednesday, April 1 – Thursday, December 31

Learn about art and the Barnes collection from home with online courses.

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.

Barnes from Home: Spotify Playlist
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Barnes from Home: Spotify Playlist

Ongoing

Enjoy staff-selected songs that bring masterpieces to mind.

Members-Only Online Talks
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Members-Only Online Talks

Ongoing

Members can learn more about favorite works or artists in the collection, discover archival treasures, and see conservation practices behind the scenes.

Private Virtual Tours
Talks & Tours / Online

Private Virtual Tours

Available Now

Visit the Barnes without leaving home! Book a custom online tour for your friends, family, or colleagues

Membership Flash Sale
Special Offer

Membership Flash Sale

Monday, November 30 – Friday, December 4

Now through Saturday, December 5, you can save 10% on Contributor, Supporter, and Sustainer memberships

Member Appreciation Days
Members

Member Appreciation Days

Fridays in December

We're thanking our members this December with exclusive online talks, special discounts, and more!

Member Appreciation Courses
Members / Online

Member Appreciation Courses

Throughout December

This month, members are invited to take one of five free online classes. Take a deeper dive into a favorite topic.

Members-Only Online Tours: The Barnes&nbspCollection
Members / Online

Members-Only Online Tours: The Barnes Collection

Wednesdays, December 2 – December 16, 2 – 3pm

A free virtual tour of the collection for members. See details of favorite artworks like never before.

Member Appreciation Talk: Seurat & Toulouse-Lautrec
Members / Online

Member Appreciation Talk: Seurat & Toulouse-Lautrec

Friday, December 4, 12 – 1pm

Professor Richard Thomson takes a close look at two great paintings in the Barnes collection—Models and “A Montrouge”–Rosa La Rouge.

Sunday Sway
Free / Family / Talks & Tours / Online

Sunday Sway

Sunday, December 6, 10 – 10:30am

This month Philly artists are bringing melody and inspiration for the whole family.

Online Class: Van Gogh
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Van Gogh

Mondays, December 7–28, 4 – 6pm

Delve into the life and work of one of the greatest—and most mythologized—painters of the modern era.

Member Appreciation Talk: Beatrice Hastings & Modigliani
Members / Online

Member Appreciation Talk: Beatrice Hastings & Modigliani

Friday, December 11, 12 – 1pm

Learn more about the English writer Beatrice Hastings, who appeared in more than a dozen portraits by Modigliani.

Facing Change: Race as a Social Construct
Free / Talks & Tours / Online

Facing Change: Race as a Social Construct

Monday, December 14, 6 – 7:30pm

In our new series, artists, scholars, and community activists explore issues related to race in America.

Member Orientation
Members / Online

Member Orientation

Wednesday, December 16, 10:30 – 11:30am

New members are invited to join us online to learn more about the perks of membership at the Barnes.

#BarnesRollCall: Live Talks with Artists and Performers
Free / Talks & Tours / Performance / Online

#BarnesRollCall: Live Talks with Artists and Performers

Thursday, December 17, 4 – 4:30pm

We can’t gather at the Barnes right now, so we’re bringing live performances and conversations to you on Instagram!

Member Appreciation Talk: Pissarro, Modernity & the Crowd
Members / Online

Member Appreciation Talk: Pissarro, Modernity & the Crowd

Friday, December 18, 12 – 1pm

Martha Lucy discusses themes of modern urban life in the later works of Camille Pissarro.

The Barnes from Home
Online / Learn from Home

The Barnes from Home

Ongoing

Online art talks, classes, and more. Stay connected with the Barnes through our many online resources.

Barnes from Home: Family Art Time
Free / Family / Online

Barnes from Home: Family Art Time

Ongoing

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

Private Tours: <i>Elijah Pierce’s America</i>
Talks & Tours

Private Tours: Elijah Pierce’s America

Friday–Monday, 10 – 11am

Tour our newest exhibition and learn about the life and work of the self-taught woodcarver.

Private Collection Tours
Talks & Tours

Private Collection Tours

Friday–Monday, 10 – 11am

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 three guests.

Online Class: 20th-Century Architecture
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: 20th-Century Architecture

Tuesdays, January 5–26, 1 – 2:30pm

Survey the major architectural monuments of the 20th century—works by Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and more.

Online Class: Decadence Through the Ages
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Decadence Through the Ages

Wednesdays, January 6–27, 2 – 3:30pm

In this team-taught course, we trace the visual representations of excess throughout art history.

Online Class: Seurat: Pointillism or the New&nbspImpressionism
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Seurat: Pointillism or the New Impressionism

Thursdays, January 7–28, 6 – 8:10pm

See how Seurat's groundbreaking technique had a lasting impact on the course of modern art.

Online Class: Collection Concentration: Paul&nbspCézanne
The Barnes Method / Online

Online Class: Collection Concentration: Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, January 26–April 27, 1 – 4pm

This class surveys Paul Cézanne’s influence on European modernism and traces the development of his visual language.

Online Class: The Elements of Art
The Barnes Method / Online

Online Class: The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, January 26–April 27, 6 – 9pm

Learn basic aesthetic principles and discover art’s communicative power by studying works in the Barnes collection.

Online Class: Art and Politics in France: 1850 to 1900
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Art and Politics in France: 1850 to 1900

Mondays, February 1–March 1, 6 – 8:10pm

Learn how the political changes in France during the second half of the 19th century had a major impact on visual culture.

Online Class: Born to Expire
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Born to Expire

Tuesdays, February 2–23, 1 – 3:10pm

Enter the world of ephemeral art and learn about the creators whose works are not designed to stand the test of time.

Online Class: The Barbizon Painters: Trailblazers for Impressionism
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: The Barbizon Painters: Trailblazers for Impressionism

Wednesdays, February 3–24, 1 – 3:10pm

Discover how these artists’ visions of rural France influenced the impressionist group that followed.

Online Class: Matisse: Color and Methods
Materials and Techniques / Online

Online Class: Matisse: Color and Methods

Wednesdays, February 3–24, 6 – 8:10pm

Examine Henri Matisse's working methods throughout his career and consider his impact on generations of artists.

Online Class: The Ancient World
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: The Ancient World

Thursdays, February 4–25, 1 – 3:10pm

This class takes an in-depth look at the major artistic and architectural moments of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

Online Class: Consumed by Color: Bonnard and Matisse, a Friendship in Paint
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Consumed by Color: Bonnard and Matisse, a Friendship in Paint

Thursdays, February 4–25, 4 – 6:10pm

Learn about the long and fascinating relationship between these two celebrated painters.

Online Class: Abstract Expressionism: de Kooning to Mitchell
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Abstract Expressionism: de Kooning to Mitchell

Thursdays, March 4–25, 1 – 3:10pm

Survey important artists and works from this American art movement ahead of our spring exhibition Soutine / de Kooning.

Online Class: The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt

Fridays, March 5–26, 1 – 3:10pm

Explore major monuments of architecture, sculpture, and painting from the predynastic period through the New Kingdom.

Online Class: On the Run: European Artists/Intellectuals Flee WWII
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: On the Run: European Artists/Intellectuals Flee WWII

Mondays, March 8–29, 1 – 2:30pm

Examine key artists and intellectuals who fled Europe as well as the work of those who stayed behind.

Online Class: The Surrealist Revolution
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: The Surrealist Revolution

Mondays, March 8–29, 6 – 8:10pm

Trace the surrealist movement from formal inception in 1924 through its international expansion in the 1930s.

Online Class: A Jewish Perspective: Pissarro, Modigliani, Soutine & Pascin
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: A Jewish Perspective: Pissarro, Modigliani, Soutine & Pascin

Wednesdays, March 10–31, 2 – 4:10pm

These four painters were central to the avant-garde scene in early 20th-century Paris. How did their faith influence their outlook and their artwork?

Online Class: Introduction to Contemporary Art: Critical Explorations
Art in Context / Online

Online Class: Introduction to Contemporary Art: Critical Explorations

Wednesdays, March 10–31, 6 – 8:10pm

What makes art “contemporary”? How do we decide what’s “good” in the art of our time? The answers to these questions are complex—much like contemporary art itself.

Horticulture Certificate Program
Horticulture / Certificate Programs

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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