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Group Visits
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Group Visits

Thursday, March 15 – Sunday, January 31
Research Notes: <br>June 2023
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Research Notes:
June 2023

Tuesday, April 30 – Friday, February 28

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

Research Notes: <br>August 2023
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Research Notes:
August 2023

Tuesday, April 30 – Friday, February 28

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

Research Notes: <br>March 2024
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Research Notes:
March 2024

Tuesday, April 30 – Friday, February 28

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

Research Notes: <br>October 2023
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Research Notes:
October 2023

Tuesday, April 30 – Friday, February 28

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

Online Art History Classes: Enroll Today
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Online Art History Classes: Enroll Today

Friday, August 26 – Friday, June 21

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

Barnes West
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Barnes West

Celebrating culture, creativity, and community voices
Highlights Tour
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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 Tour
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Private Collection Tour

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.

Gift a Barnes Class
Special Offer / Online / On-Site

Gift a Barnes Class

Ongoing

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

Join Now!
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Join Now!

Thursday, April 18 – Saturday, August 31
May Spotlight Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories—El Greco to Pippin to Van Gogh
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May Spotlight Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories—El Greco to Pippin to Van Gogh

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Look closely at collection works that use a variety of techniques to create meaningful narratives.

Member Appreciation Days
Members / Special Event

Member Appreciation Days

Fridays in May

This May, members get even more—join us for exclusive talks and extra discounts.

June Spotlight Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories—El Greco to Pippin to Van Gogh
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June Spotlight Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories—El Greco to Pippin to Van Gogh

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Look closely at collection works that use a variety of techniques to create meaningful narratives.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Cultivating Culture
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Cultivating Culture

Sunday, June 2, 10am – 5pm

Enjoy fun art activities, free access to the collection, and special performances that celebrate cultural traditions in Philadelphia.

Mary Cassatt at Work
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Mary Cassatt at Work

Tuesdays, June 4 – June 25, 4 – 6pm

Explore Cassatt's methods, materials, and contributions to modernism with the curators of the PMA exhibition. Instructors: Laurel Garber, Jennifer Thompson.

Artist Conversation: Mark Thomas Gibson
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Artist Conversation: Mark Thomas Gibson

Tuesday, June 4, 6 – 7pm

The artist and educator discusses his creative process and his work with the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora.

First Friday: Guachinangos and Philadelphia Latino Arts & Film Festival
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday: Guachinangos and Philadelphia Latino Arts & Film Festival

Friday, June 7, 6 – 9pm

Enjoy an evening of art, live music, film, and cocktails at our monthly First Friday mixer, presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Latino Arts & Film Festival.

Close-Looking Immersion: Demuth’s <i>In Vaudeville: Two Acrobat-Jugglers</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Demuth’s In Vaudeville: Two Acrobat-Jugglers

Wednesday, June 12, 12 – 1:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions focuses on individual works in the collection. Instructor: Michael Williamson

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

Wednesday, June 12, 5:30 – 6:30pm

This exclusive online tour offers members up-close views of favorite artworks.

Member Orientation
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Member Orientation

Friday, June 14, 10 – 11:30am

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

Member Previews: <i>Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes</i>
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Member Previews: Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes

Thursday–Saturday, June 20–22

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

Sexuality and the Modern Male Body
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Sexuality and the Modern Male Body

Thursday, June 20, 10am – 4pm

Take an in-depth look at the changing concepts of masculinity and male sexuality in European art and society. Instructor: Ty Vanover

Curators in Conversation: <i>Matisse & Renoir</i>
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Curators in Conversation: Matisse & Renoir

Sunday, June 23, 1 – 2pm

This engaging conversation on Matisse and Renoir features Martha Lucy and exhibition co-curators Cindy Kang and Corrinne Chong.

Members-Only Online Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories
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Members-Only Online Tour: When Paintings Tell Stories

Tuesday, June 25, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to a virtual tour exploring techniques artists use to create narratives.

The Language of Painting
On-Site / Barnes Method

The Language of Painting

Wednesday, June 26, 10am – 4pm

Learn to understand the language of painting through careful study of works in the Barnes collection. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

Exhibition Tour: <i>Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes</i>
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Exhibition Tour: Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes

Thursday–Monday, beginning June 27, 1pm

Get a fresh perspective on Henri Matisse and Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the Roberts Gallery.

ARTZ @ The Museum
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ARTZ @ The Museum

Wednesday, June 26, 1:30 – 2:30pm

This program provides free access to the Barnes for people living with dementia and their care partners.

Private Exhibition Tour: <i>Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes</i>
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Private Exhibition Tour: Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes

Thursday–Monday, beginning June 27, 10am, 11am, 2pm

This tour is a private one-hour experience for up to seven guests.

Members-Only Exhibition Tour: <i>Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes</i>
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Members-Only Exhibition Tour: Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes

Thursdays, June 27 – September 5, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to exclusive tours of Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes in the Roberts Gallery.

Matisse and Renoir in a New Light
On-Site / Exhibition-Related

Matisse and Renoir in a New Light

Wednesday, July 10, 10am – 4pm

This one-day workshop is a special opportunity to view iconic paintings up close with Barnes educators. Instructors: Rob Jagiela, Kaelin Jewell, Martha Lucy

Close-Looking Immersion: Glackens’s <i>The Raft</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Glackens’s The Raft

Wednesday, July 10, 12 – 1:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions provides opportunities to study and discuss individual works. Instructor: William Perthes

Impressionism and Japonisme
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Impressionism and Japonisme

Friday, July 19, 10am – 4pm

Explore the immense influence of Japanese art on Western painters, sculptors, and designers in the second half of the 19th century. Instructor: Caterina Y. Pierre

Art and Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
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Art and Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

Wednesday, July 24, 10am – 4pm

Explore the flourishing of Black art in the 1920s and ’30s and Albert Barnes’s connection to the movement. Instructor: Michael Williamson

Matisse and Renoir in a New Light
On-Site / Exhibition-Related

Matisse and Renoir in a New Light

Tuesday, August 6, 10am – 4pm

This one-day workshop is a special opportunity to view iconic paintings up close with Barnes educators. Instructors: Rob Jagiela, Kaelin Jewell, Martha Lucy

Art and Restorative Justice
On-Site

Art and Restorative Justice

Wednesday, August 7, 10am – 4pm

Learn how art can play a role in justice reform—in raising awareness of mass incarceration, providing paths toward reentry, and more. Instructor: William Perthes

Close-Looking Immersion: Titian’s <i>Sleeping Shepherd</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Titian’s Sleeping Shepherd

Wednesday, August 14, 12 – 1:30pm

This new series of single-session immersions provides opportunities to study and discuss individual works. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

The Lives and Afterlives of Monuments
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The Lives and Afterlives of Monuments

Thursday, August 22, 10am – 4pm

Delve into the history of public monuments and their role in shaping cultural memory. Instructor: Paul Farber

The Barnes–de Mazia Certificate Program
Certificate Program

The Barnes–de Mazia Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

Horticulture Certificate Program
Certificate Program / Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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