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We're now offering a greater number of art classes, at a lower cost. We also have need-based scholarships to help make art accessible for everyone. 

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Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes

Wednesday, January 17 – Monday, December 31
Find out more about the five Philadelphia artists selected for residencies as part of our Let's Connect exhibition.
Special Offer

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Wednesday, February 14 – Thursday, May 31

Group Tours

Friday, March 16 – Saturday, March 17

Research Notes

Tuesday, May 1 – Tuesday, March 31

#SeeingtheBarnes: Instagram Open Call

Tuesday, August 28 – Sunday, September 30
Art in Context / Understanding Materials and Techniques / The Barnes Method

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program

Tuesday, September 4 – Tuesday, December 18
This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.

Horticulture Certificate Program

Wednesday, September 5 – Monday, May 13
Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.

Community Stories

Tuesday, October 2 – Thursday, August 1

Morisot: Passport to Paris

Friday, October 19
Enjoy an evening of breathtaking art, sumptuous bites, artisanal cocktails and live music at the preview party celebrating Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist.
Talks & Tours

Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist Special Exhibition Tour

Wednesday, October 24 – Monday, January 14
Tour our new exhibition for a closer look at artist Berthe Morisot and her pioneering role in the impressionist movement.
Talks & Tours / Members

Spotlight Tour:
Paul Cézanne—
His Art and Life

Thursday, November 1 – Friday, November 30
Often called the father of modern art, Cézanne laid the groundwork for the radically different art world of the 20th century.
Art in Context

Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist

Mondays, November 19 – December 10, 6 – 8pm
Explore Morisot's critical reception, her modern subject matter, and her pioneering place within the Parisian avant-garde.
Free / Special Offer

Museum Store Sunday

Sunday, November 25, 10:30am – 5pm
The Barnes Shop is celebrating Museum Store Sunday with special events and discounts.
Art in Context

Manet and Modern Paris

Mondays, November 26 – December 17, 6 – 8pm
This class will place Édouard Manet’s influential paintings within the context of modern Paris, the French Empire, and the city’s increasingly global reputation.

Members-Only Tour: School of Paris

Wednesday, November 28, 4 – 5pm
A docent-led exploration of works by innovative artists who were drawn to Paris in the early 20th century.
Talks & Tours / Members

Spotlight Tour:
After Impressionism—Shutting One’s Eyes in Order to See

Saturday, December 1 – Monday, December 31
This December, take a closer look the post-impressionists and how they influenced the art that followed.

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 1, 9am – 4pm
​Learn simple techniques to transform elements from the Barnes Arboretum into a decorative wreath.
Free / Family / Music / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: She Creates

Sunday, December 2, 10am – 5pm
Celebrate women in the arts, with performances by storytellers, musicians, dancers, and other creators. Plus, art activities for all ages!
Free / Talks & Tours

Let's Connect
Artist Panel Discussion:
Art & Representation

Sunday, December 2, 3:30 – 4:45pm
Lori Waselchuk of the Women’s Mobile Museum and top artists from our Let’s Connect program discuss access and representation in the arts.
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Morisot’s The Artist’s Sister at a Window

Monday, December 3, 2 – 2:30pm
Hear the story behind the painting from Z. Serena Qiu, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; special exhibition gallery
Members / Special Event!

Member Appreciation Days

Fridays, December 7 – December 28, 10am – 5pm
On Fridays in December, members get even more!

Building on the Barnes Philosophy: Experiential Learning through Dance and Art

Friday, December 7, 12 – 1pm
Explore the history of teaching at the Barnes, from the Dr. Barnes’s original vision to today's interdisciplinary program for Philadelphia students.

Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist
Members-Only Tour

Fridays, December 7 – December 28, 2 – 3pm
A free members-only tour of our special exhibition as part of member appreciation days.
Nightlife / Music / Performance

First Friday! Argentine Tango

Friday, December 7, 6 – 9pm
Get ready to dance! Learn the basics of the Argentine tango and enjoy performances by world-class dancers.
Family / Talks & Tours

Stroller Tour

Thursday, December 13, 10:30 – 11:15am
Our new Stroller Tours make visiting our galleries less stressful for families with babies.

Conservation Discoveries

Friday, December 14, 12 – 1pm
Members of our conservation team will provide exciting updates on recent projects.
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Histia’s Storage Jar

Monday, December 17, 2 – 2:30pm
Hear the story behind the piece from Ramey Mize, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Lower Level Lobby
Family / Social

Barnes Toddler Time

Thursday, December 20
Join us for a combination of storytime, art making, and movement activities just for kids ages 2–4 and their parents or caregivers.
The Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, January 22 – April 23, 1 – 4pm
Study the ways in which artists draw upon earlier artistic traditions, focusing especially on the development of modern art in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Barnes Method

Understanding Modern Art

Tuesdays, January 22 – April 23, 1 – 3pm
Unravel the mystery behind paintings that distort their subjects or banish them altogether.
Art in Context

Painting with Pissarro:
The Journey into Modernism

Tuesdays, January 22 – February 26, 2 – 4pm
Learn about Pissarro’s relationships with his contemporaries and his central role in the development of modern art.
The Barnes Method

Collection Concentration:
Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, January 22 – April 23, 6 – 9pm
Trace the development of Cézanne’s style and explore his enormous impact on the art that followed.
Art in Context

In Color and Light

Tuesdays, January 22 – April 23, 6 – 8:30pm
Study Matisse’s extraordinary life, which itself followed a trajectory from darkness into light and color.
Art in Context

Jewish Art and Artists in the Barnes Foundation

Mondays, January 28 – May 6, 6 – 8pm
Learn about the Jewish artists represented in the collection as well as Barnes faculty members Violette de Mazia and Harry Sefarbi.
Art in Context

Visions of Paris

Mondays, February 4 – March 4, 6 – 8pm
What lies beyond the “City of Light” postcard? This short course will use a variety of media to question Paris’s ever-evolving identity.
Art in Context

Histories of Photography

Tuesdays, February 19 – March 12, 4 – 6pm
Delve into the history and theory of photography through lectures and visits to our special exhibition.
The Barnes Method

Learning to See

Tuesdays, March 5 – April 9, 1 – 3pm
In a contemporary art world filled with conceptual art and installations, why do paintings continue to hold our interest?
Art in Context

Spirituals, Integration, and Social Justice: Black American Culture and Albert Barnes

Wednesdays, March 6 – March 27, 6 – 8pm
Explore the complex history of the civil rights movement and Dr. Barnes’s role in championing black culture and integration.​
Art in Context

She Persisted:
Pioneering Women Artists Since 1900

Saturday, March 9, 10am – 4pm
This one-day workshop highlights the work of trailblazing women artists, from Georgia O’Keeffe to Marina Abramović and Pat Steir.​​​
Art in Context

Painting with Pissarro:
The Journey into Modernism

Tuesdays, March 12 – April 16, 2 – 4pm
Learn about Pissarro’s relationships with his contemporaries and his central role in the development of modern art.
Art in Context

Exploring the Marvelous: Surrealism

Tuesdays, March 19 – April 23, 1 – 3pm
Journey into the marvelous world of dreams, psychic terror, and liberation from the ordinary in this short course on surrealism.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Fauve Palette

Tuesdays, March 19 – April 9, 6 – 8pm
Learn how Fauve painters like Henri Matisse and Alfred Maurer drew upon theories about color and perception in their canvases.
Art in Context

“Dear Barnes”:
Letters Between Albert C. Barnes and His Artist Friends

Tuesdays, March 19 – April 9, 6 – 8pm
Archivist and historian Barbara Anne Beaucar shares the history of the Barnes through authentic archival documents—including newly discovered letters.
Art in Context

Hot Art and Cold War:
American Art at Midcentury

Mondays, April 1 – April 29, 6 – 8pm
From abstract expressionism to pop, learn about the art and history of the United States at midcentury, when American artists moved to the forefront of the avant-garde.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Early Photographic Processes

Mondays, April 8 – April 29, 6 – 8pm
This course looks at how the earliest photographs were created, with hands-on opportunities to experience those original processes.
Art in Context

Pennsylvania German Decorative Arts

Mondays, April 8 – April 29, 6 – 8pm
Explore the Pennsylvania German artifacts collected by Dr. Barnes and learn about the culture in which they were originally made and used.​
The Barnes Method

The Painted Garden

Tuesdays, April 16 – May 7, 1 – 3pm
Explore the visual vocabulary shared by painters and garden designers.
Art in Context

Manet, Impressionism, and Modernism

Tuesdays, April 16 – May 7, 6 – 8pm
An introduction to the work of Édouard Manet, with special attention to his paintings of the 1870s.
Art in Context

Understanding Video Art

Tuesdays, April 16 – May 7, 6 – 8pm
Explore key works of video art and learn about the theories behind them.
Art in Context

The Battle Between Line and Color

Tuesdays, April 23 – May 14, 1 – 3pm
Trace the long-running debate on the relationship between line and color through close looking at paintings in the Barnes collection.
Art in Context

Homegrown Concerns:
American Modernism c. 1900–1950

Tuesday, June 4, 10am – 4pm
This one-day workshop explores key artists from one of the most prolific moments in American history, including Alfred Stieglitz, Jacob Lawrence, and Edward Hopper.
The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Tuesday, June 18, 10am – 4pm
Learn to better understand why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way in this one-day workshop.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Living Still Life

Tuesday, July 9, 10am – 4pm
In this one-day workshop, learn how the once-humble still life became an important genre in contemporary art.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Understanding Color in Painting

Tuesday, July 16, 10am – 4pm
Explore the history and use of color in paintings from the Barnes collection.

The Barnes Arboretum

Thursday, August 1 – Friday, December 27
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Drawing with Scissors

Tuesday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 7
Explore the unique cut-paper method developed by Henri Matisse and discover your inner artist with a hands-on lesson.
Art in Context

Bill Viola in Context

Saturday, August 17, 10am – 4pm
A look at the artist’s innovative contributions to video, sound, and installation art as well as the provocative themes that inspire his creations.