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Study art history and art appreciation at the Barnes, a leader in art education for nearly 100 years. We offer a full array of online and on-site classes, with new courses curated monthly. Barnes members receive a 10% discount. Online classes make great gifts.

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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 – Monday, November 1

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, March 16
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.

Art Education at the Barnes
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Art Education at the Barnes

New online classes curated monthly

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

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.

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.

Give the Gift of a Barnes Class
Special Offer

Give the Gift of a Barnes Class

Friday, December 18 – Monday, January 31

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

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 four guests.

Horticulture Certificate Program
Certificate Programs / Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

Join Now!
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Join Now!

Wednesday, September 15 – Tuesday, November 30
Special Exhibition Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
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Special Exhibition Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Daily beginning October 1, 1 – 2pm

Trace the fascinating career of the groundbreaking artist in this docent-led tour of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel.

Private Exhibition Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Talks & Tours

Private Exhibition Tour: Suzanne Valadon

October 1, 2021–January 9, 2022

Tour our newest exhibition and learn about Valadon’s extraordinary life. This tour is a private one-hour experience for you and up to four guests.

October Spotlight Tour: Wicked Paris: The Lure of Montmartre
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October Spotlight Tour: Wicked Paris: The Lure of Montmartre

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Learn about the revolutionary artists drawn to the bohemian neighborhood at the turn of the 20th century.

Membership Flash Sale
Special Offer

Membership Flash Sale

Monday, October 25 – Friday, October 29

Now through Friday, October 29, you can save 10% on Contributor, Supporter, and Sustainer memberships

Online Member Talk: Model Turned Maker—Victorine Meurent
Members / Online

Online Member Talk: Model Turned Maker—Victorine Meurent

Postponed

Curator Katie Hanson offers a closer look at another model—a favorite of Manet–who became a painter.

Supporter Reception for <i>Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel</i>
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Supporter Reception for Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel

Thursday, October 28, 5:30 – 8pm

Supporter- and Sustainer-level members are invited to enjoy after-hours access to Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel with live music and cocktails.

November Spotlight Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle
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November Spotlight Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

This tour focuses on artists in the Barnes collection—Degas, Renoir, Modigliani, and more—who were part of Suzanne Valadon’s remarkable life.

Another Jasper Johns
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Another Jasper Johns

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

Learn about the life and work of one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century. Just in time for the major Johns retrospective at the PMA this fall.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
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Members-Only Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Thursday, November 4, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive docent-led tours of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, on-site in the Roberts Gallery.

First Friday! <br>Unison feat. Joanna Pascale
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday!
Unison feat. Joanna Pascale

Friday, November 5, 6 – 9pm

Jazz group Unison shakes up the classic Philly sound with inventive instrumentation. Tonight, they're joined by singer Joanna Pascale.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Wings
Free / Family / Social

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Wings

Sunday, November 7, 10am – 5pm

Free access to the collection and Suzanne Valadon exhibition, plus art activities, storytime, and a performance by Native Nations Dance Theater.

In Focus Gallery Talk: Valadon’s <i>Marie Coca and Her Daughter Gilberte</i>
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In Focus Gallery Talk: Valadon’s Marie Coca and Her Daughter Gilberte

Monday, November 8, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Jalen Chang, a PhD candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Roberts Gallery

Poems and Paintings
On-Site / The Barnes Method

Poems and Paintings

Wednesdays, November 10 – December 8, 10am – 12pm

Discover analogies between the visual and the textual. Learn about the various strategies used by painters and writers to create imagery.

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles
On-Site / The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Wednesdays, November 10 – December 8, 12 – 2pm

Get a better understanding of why Dr. Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Wednesday, November 10, 2 – 3pm

A free online tour of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel for members.

Online Class: Posers: A History of the Artist’s Model in European Painting
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Posers: A History of the Artist’s Model in European Painting

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

This course explores the behind-the-scenes realities of the artist’s model across time, focusing especially on the class and gender dynamics of the 19th-century studio.

Online Class: <i>Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation</i>: Learn from the Authors
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation: Learn from the Authors

Thursdays, November 11 – December 9, 1 – 3pm

A special course team-taught by the authors of our much-anticipated new catalogue about the Cézannes in the Barnes collection. The book—and the class—are the culmination of years of research.

Online Class: Artistic Exchange along the Silk Road
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Artistic Exchange along the Silk Road

Thursdays, November 11 – December 9, 4 – 6pm

Along with goods, ancient trade routes led to an exchange of art and ideas. This course explores the visual cultures of empires that rose and fell along this storied network.

Member Orientation
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Member Orientation

Friday, November 12, 10 – 11:30am

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

Artist Bash: Vagina Chorus
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Artist Bash: Vagina Chorus

Friday, November 12, 7 – 10pm

Join us for a one-of-a-kind performance that combines technology, theater, and physical therapy–inspired choreography.

Lecture: Carl Walsh on Ancient Egypt
Talks & Tours

Lecture: Carl Walsh on Ancient Egypt

Saturday, November 13, 11:30am – 12:30pm

This talk spotlights our collection of Egyptian objects and explores the ways in which museums can engage audiences with ancient Egypt more ethically and equitably.

Members-Only Online Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle

Tuesday, November 16, 2 – 3pm

This virtual collection tour focuses on artists in the Barnes collection who were part of Suzanne Valadon’s remarkable life.

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes&nbspCollection
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Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection

Wednesday, November 17, 5:30 – 6:30pm

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

Members-Only Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
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Members-Only Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Thursday, November 18, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive docent-led tours of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, on-site in the Roberts Gallery.

Online Talk: <i>Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation</i>: A Conversation with the Editors
Talks & Tours / Online

Online Talk: Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation: A Conversation with the Editors

Thursday, November 18, 5 – 6:30pm

The editors of our newest collection catalogue discuss the project and the significance of the Barnes’s Cézannes in the artist’s career.

December Spotlight Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle
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December Spotlight Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

This tour focuses on artists in the Barnes collection—Degas, Renoir, Modigliani, and more—who were part of Suzanne Valadon’s remarkable life.

Matisse and Picasso
Online / Art in Context / On-Site

Matisse and Picasso

Wednesdays, December 1 – 22, 2 – 4pm

Explore the friendly rivalry between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso—a relationship that helped shape the course of modern art.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Members

Members-Only Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Thursday, December 2, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive docent-led tours of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, on-site in the Roberts Gallery.

First Friday! Yolanda Wisher & the Afroeaters
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Yolanda Wisher & the Afroeaters

Friday, December 3, 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: Faces
Free / Family / Social

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Faces

Sunday, December 5, 10am – 5pm

Free access to the collection and Suzanne Valadon exhibition, plus fun games, storytime, and dance performances.

Online Class: Monet and Modernism
Online / Art in Context

Online Class: Monet and Modernism

Tuesdays, December 7 – December 28, 2 – 4pm

This course explores Monet’s work and contributions to modernism in the 20th century and beyond.

Online Member Orientation
Members

Online Member Orientation

Thursday, December 9, 10:30 – 11:30am

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

Lecture: Caetlin Benson-Allott on the Female Gaze
Talks & Tours

Lecture: Caetlin Benson-Allott on the Female Gaze

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

Join a film and media expert for a look at how contemporary filmmakers, critics, and scholars are redefining the female gaze in the 21st century.

In Focus Gallery Talk: <i>Madame Cézanne with Green Hat</i>
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In Focus Gallery Talk: Madame Cézanne with Green Hat

Monday, December 13, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Jalen Chang, a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Main Gallery

Members-Only Online Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Valadon’s Artistic Circle

Tuesday, December 14, 2 – 3pm

This virtual collection tour focuses on artists in the Barnes collection who were part of Suzanne Valadon’s remarkable life.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Wednesday, December 15, 2 – 3pm

A free online tour of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel for members.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Suzanne Valadon</i>
Members

Members-Only Tour: Suzanne Valadon

Thursday, December 16, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive docent-led tours of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, on-site in the Roberts Gallery.