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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.

READ Praxis
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READ Praxis

A one-of-a-kind professional development program
Art Education at the Barnes
Lifelong Learning

Art Education at the Barnes

New 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.

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.

Gift a Barnes Experience
Special Offer

Gift a Barnes Experience

Friday, December 18 – Monday, January 8

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

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.

Centennial Celebration: 100 Years of Art Education
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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.

May Spotlight Tour: Pablo Picasso
Talks & Tours

May Spotlight Tour: Pablo Picasso

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Learn about Picasso’s life and art, and how Dr. Barnes embraced the importance and influence of this great artist.

Member Appreciation Days
Members / Special Event!

Member Appreciation Days

Fridays in May

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

AfroApocalypse: Signs of the Times and the Hope and Horror of Black Futures
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

AfroApocalypse: Signs of the Times and the Hope and Horror of Black Futures

Wednesdays, May 18 – June 8, 6 – 8pm

How are today’s events and humanity’s dreams for tomorrow seen through the lens of Afrofuturism and the Black aesthetic?

Toddlerpalooza
Free / Family

Toddlerpalooza

Saturday, May 21, 9:30am – noon

Fun activities and musical performances for toddlers, with dance, reading, art, and more.

Members-Only Gallery Talk
Members

Members-Only Gallery Talk

Sunday, May 22, 10:15 – 11am

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

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection

Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 – 6:30pm

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

June Spotlight Tour: Pablo Picasso
Talks & Tours

June Spotlight Tour: Pablo Picasso

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Learn about Picasso’s life and art, and how Dr. Barnes embraced the importance and influence of this great artist.

First Friday! Daymé Arocena & the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Daymé Arocena & the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

Friday, June 3, 6 – 9pm

A night of music and film, in partnership with the 2022 Philadelphia Latino Film Fest.

Lecture and Book Signing: Paul Galvez on Courbet’s Landscapes
Talks & Tours

Lecture and Book Signing: Paul Galvez on Courbet’s Landscapes

Saturday, June 4, 11:30am – 1pm

The author and art historian discusses his new book Courbet’s Landscapes: The Origins of Modern Painting.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Family Pride
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Family Pride

Sunday, June 5, 10am – 5pm

We're celebrating Pride Month with family-friendly art activities, stories, and performances.

Sexuality and the Modern Male Body
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Sexuality and the Modern Male Body

Mondays, June 6 – June 27, 1 – 3pm

An in-depth look at the changing concepts of masculinity and male sexuality in European art and society in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Primitivism and Modernism
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Primitivism and Modernism

Mondays, June 6 – June 27, 6 – 8pm

This course considers primitivism as both an artistic phenomenon and an intellectual construct at the heart of modernism’s self-definition.

Members-Only Online Tour: Pablo Picasso
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, June 7, 10 – 11am

Learn about how Picasso impacted the development of modern and contemporary art and how Dr. Barnes embraced the artist enthusiastically.

The Once and Future Warhol
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

The Once and Future Warhol

Tuesdays, June 7 – June 28, 1 – 3pm

Explore the life and career of the multifaceted artist, from commercial shoe illustrations to pioneering Pop images of movie stars and soup cans.

Modernism and Mass Culture in France, 1848–1914
Online / Art in Context

Modernism and Mass Culture in France, 1848–1914

Tuesdays, June 7 – June 28, 4 – 6pm

Study how mass media and culture shaped the development of modern art.

Medusa: The Evolution of a Monster from Antiquity to Today
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Medusa: The Evolution of a Monster from Antiquity to Today

Wednesdays, June 8 – June 29, 1 – 3pm

Examine the changing depictions of Medusa and her role in art historical, psychological, and feminist spheres.

Visualizing Memory
Online / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Visualizing Memory

Thursdays, June 9 – June 30, 11am – 1pm

This course explores the role of memory in the creative process, and the intersection of art making and neuroaesthetics.

Toddler Time
Family / Social

Toddler Time

Saturday, June 11, 10 – 11am

Toddler Time is back! Join us for art activities, stories, and an adventure through the galleries.

In Focus Gallery Talk: Seurat’s <i>Models</i>
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Seurat’s Models

Monday, June 13, 3 – 3:30pm

An in-depth discussion about Seurat's painting by Jalen Chang, PhD candidate. Free with admission; Main Gallery

Member Previews: <i>Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die)</i>
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Member Previews: Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die)

Thursday–Saturday, June 16–18

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

Member Orientation
Members

Member Orientation

Friday, June 17, 10 – 11:30am

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

Barnes on the Block
Free / Family / Music / Social / Performance

Barnes on the Block

Sunday, June 19, 4 – 9pm

Join us for a block party, with live art, food trucks, a beer garden, and music.

Member Introduction: <i>Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die)</i>
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Member Introduction: Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die)

Thursday, June 23, 2 – 2:15pm

Enjoy a docent-led introduction to Once Again (Statues Never Die) before viewing the video art exhibition.

Member Introduction: <i>Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die)</i>
Members

Member Introduction: Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die)

Thursday, June 30, 2 – 2:15pm

Enjoy a docent-led introduction to Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die) before viewing the video art exhibition.

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.

Horticulture Certificate Program
Certificate Programs / Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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