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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 – Monday, January 8
#SeeingtheBarnes: <br>Community Stories
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#SeeingtheBarnes:
Community Stories

Monday, October 1 – Sunday, December 31
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 – Monday, January 8

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

Research Notes: <br>December 2022
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Research Notes:
December 2022

Tuesday, April 30 – Friday, June 30

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

Research Notes: <br>July 2022
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Research Notes:
July 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 Classes
On-Site / Online

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.

Give the Gift of the Barnes: Tickets, Classes, and More
Special Offer

Give the Gift of the Barnes: Tickets, Classes, and More

Friday, December 18 – Monday, January 8

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

Barnes from Home: Family Art Time
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Barnes from Home: Family Art Time

Ongoing

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

Centennial Celebration: 100 Years of Art Education
Barnes100 / Centennial

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.

Matisse in the Barnes
Talks & Tours / Centennial

Matisse in the Barnes

This Fall

We're presenting exclusive talks and events spotlighting Henri Matisse, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition Matisse in the 1930s.

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.

Online Art History Classes at the Barnes: <br>Feed Your Mind
Special Offer

Online Art History Classes at the Barnes:
Feed Your Mind

Friday, August 26 – Monday, January 2

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

Private Exhibition Tours: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Talks & Tours

Private Exhibition Tours: Modigliani Up Close

Daily, through January 29, 2023

Take a private, docent led tour of the exhibition for a close look at Amedeo Modigliani’s unique style, working methods, and materials.

Exhibition Tour: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Talks & Tours

Exhibition Tour: Modigliani Up Close

Daily, through January 29, 2023
11:30am & 1pm

Take a closer look at Amedeo Modigliani’s style, working methods, and materials.

Join Now!
Special Offer

Join Now!

Wednesday, November 16 – Tuesday, April 11
Members-Only Tour: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Members

Members-Only Tour: Modigliani Up Close

Mondays, November 28 – January 23, 12 – 1pm

An exclusive, docent-led tour of the groundbreaking special exhibition.

December Spotlight Tour: Modigliani and Soutine: A Surprising Friendship
Talks & Tours / Members

December Spotlight Tour: Modigliani and Soutine: A Surprising Friendship

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Learn about the relationship that grew between these modern artists while living and working in Paris.

Member Appreciation Days
Members / Special Event

Member Appreciation Days

Fridays in December

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

Members-Only Online Tour: Modigliani and Soutine
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Modigliani and Soutine

Tuesday, December 6, 10 – 11am

Learn about the relationship that grew between these modern artists while living and working in Paris.

Seeing Cézanne
On-Site / Art in Context

Seeing Cézanne

Tuesday, December 6, 10am – 4pm

Instructor: Leslie Bowen

Scientist to Educator: The Mentoring of Albert C. Barnes
Online / Art in Context

Scientist to Educator: The Mentoring of Albert C. Barnes

Tuesdays, December 6 – December 27, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Brian Seymour

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Modigliani Up Close

Wednesday, December 7, 2 – 3pm

Explore Modigliani's unique style, working methods, and materials in this exclusive virtual tour.

John Dowell: <i>A Public Intimate Space</i>
Nightlife / Music / Performance

John Dowell: A Public Intimate Space

Thursday, December 8, 7 – 8:30pm

An immersive performance piece by artist John E. Dowell with choreographer Zane Booker and composer Maya Miro Johnson.

Member Appreciation Talk: Emily Braun on Cubist Collage and Trompe l’Oeil
Members

Member Appreciation Talk: Emily Braun on Cubist Collage and Trompe l’Oeil

Friday, December 9, 12 – 1pm

Join the art historian for a discussion about the trompe l’oeil tradition and the development of cubist collage.

Toddler Time
Family / Social

Toddler Time

Saturday, December 10, 10 – 11am

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

Discover the Barnes
Online / On-Site / The Barnes Method

Discover the Barnes

Wednesday, December 14, 10am – 4pm

Instructors: Martha Lucy, Kaelin Jewell, William Perthes, Michael Williamson

Online Member Orientation
Members

Online Member Orientation

Friday, December 16, 10:30 – 11:30am

Join Barnes staff online for a chat about membership at the Foundation and program benefits.

Member Appreciation Talk: Cathy Corbett on Modigliani’s Sculpture
Members

Member Appreciation Talk: Cathy Corbett on Modigliani’s Sculpture

Friday, December 16, 12 – 1pm

Learn about the years Modigliani’s spent as a sculptor in Paris and how they affected his work as a painter.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Modigliani Up Close

Wednesday, December 21, 2 – 3pm

Explore Modigliani's unique style, working methods, and materials in this exclusive virtual tour.

January Spotlight Tour: Modigliani and Soutine: A Surprising Friendship
Talks & Tours / Members

January Spotlight Tour: Modigliani and Soutine: A Surprising Friendship

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Learn about the relationship that grew between these modern artists while living and working in Paris.

Famous Heists: Crimes in the History of Art
Online / Art in Context

Famous Heists: Crimes in the History of Art

Wednesdays, January 4 – January 25, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Caterina Y. Pierre

Appropriation in Art
On-Site / Art in Context

Appropriation in Art

Wednesdays, January 4 – January 25, 3 – 5pm

Instructor: Michael Williamson

Members-Only Evening Tour: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Members

Members-Only Evening Tour: Modigliani Up Close

Thursday, January 5, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Take a close look at Amedeo Modigliani’s unique style and working methods in this exclusive after-hours tour.

First Friday! Samantha Rise
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Samantha Rise

Friday, January 6, 6 – 9pm

The Philly singer-songwriter sets the tone for the new year with her genre-defying music.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: New Beginnings
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: New Beginnings

Sunday, January 8, 10am – 5pm

Ring in the new year with art, activities, and a performance by singer LaTasha “Elle” Morris.

Great Discoveries in Archaeology: Digs, Displays & Disputes
Online / Art in Context

Great Discoveries in Archaeology: Digs, Displays & Disputes

Mondays, January 9 – January 30, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Madeleine Glennon

Being Present with Art
Online / Art in Context

Being Present with Art

Mondays, January 9 – January 30, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Roksana Filipowska

Iconic American Architecture
Online / Art in Context

Iconic American Architecture

Tuesdays, January 10 – January 31, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Matthew Palczynski

Pascin: Through a Jewish Lens
On-Site / Art in Context

Pascin: Through a Jewish Lens

Tuesdays, January 10 – January 31, 2 – 4pm

Instructor: Marshall Portnoy

Members-Only Tour: <i>Modigliani Up Close</i>
Members

Members-Only Tour: Modigliani Up Close

Thursdays, January 12 – January 26, 12 – 1pm

An exclusive, docent-led tour of the groundbreaking special exhibition.

The Traditions of Art
On-Site / The Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, January 24 – May 2, 1 – 4pm

Instructor: William Perthes

The Elements of Art
On-Site / The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, January 24 – April 25, 6 – 9pm

Instructor: Deborah Krupp

Collection Concentration: Medieval Modern
Online / The Barnes Method

Collection Concentration: Medieval Modern

Wednesdays, January 25 – April 26, 1 – 4pm

Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

<i>Modigliani Up Close</i>, a Symposium—Keynote
Talks & Tours

Modigliani Up Close, a Symposium—Keynote

Friday, January 27, 6 – 7:30pm

The curators of Modigliani Up Close discuss the exhibition and the significance of Modigliani at the Barnes.

<i>Modigliani Up Close</i>, a Symposium
Talks & Tours

Modigliani Up Close, a Symposium

Saturday, January 28, 10:30am – 5:30pm

The curators of Modigliani Up Close are joined by international specialists for in-depth talks on the years of research behind the landmark project.

Zooming In on Van Gogh
Online / Art in Context

Zooming In on Van Gogh

Wednesdays, February 1 – February 22, 4 – 6pm

Instructor: Martha Lucy

Afrofuturism: Alternate Universes in Black Art
Online / Art in Context

Afrofuturism: Alternate Universes in Black Art

Wednesdays, February 1 – February 22, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Li Sumpter

February Spotlight Tour: The Impressionists: Rebels of the Art World
Talks & Tours / Members

February Spotlight Tour: The Impressionists: Rebels of the Art World

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

A closer look at Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, and other artists who led this modern art movement.

Art and Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
Online / Art in Context

Art and Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

Thursdays, February 2 – February 23, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Michael Williamson

First Friday! Jakeya Limitless
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Jakeya Limitless

Friday, February 3, 6 – 9pm

The indie-soul singer brings her one-of-a-kind sound to the Barnes.

Michelangelo’s Frescoes: Before, During, and After the Sistine Ceiling
Online / Art in Context

Michelangelo’s Frescoes: Before, During, and After the Sistine Ceiling

Saturdays, February 4 – February 25, 10:30am – 12:30pm
PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Collaborative Sounds
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Collaborative Sounds

Sunday, February 5, 10am – 5pm

Celebrate Black History Month with percussion performances, art activities, storytime, and more.

The Queer 1890s
On-Site / Art in Context

The Queer 1890s

Tuesdays, February 7 – February 28, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Ty Vanover

March Spotlight Tour: The Impressionists: Rebels of the Art World
Talks & Tours / Members

March Spotlight Tour: The Impressionists: Rebels of the Art World

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

A closer look at Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, and other artists who led this modern art movement.

First Friday! Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Friday, March 3, 6 – 9pm

Black Pearl celebrates Women’s History Month with a performance featuring cellist Inbal Segev.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Art of Math
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Art of Math

Sunday, March 5, 10am – 5pm

Through fun games and art activities, learn how artists use math in their work.

Color in Painting
Online / The Barnes Method

Color in Painting

Mondays, March 6 – March 27, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

Order and Invention
On-Site / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Order and Invention

Wednesdays, March 8 – March 29, 2 – 4pm

How does an idea become a finished work of art? This class explores compositional tools that aid artists in making images.

Impasto: Gesture and Texture in Modern Art
Online / Art in Context

Impasto: Gesture and Texture in Modern Art

Wednesdays, March 8 – March 29, 3 – 5pm

Instructor: Paul Galvez

Art and Apartheid
Online / Art in Context

Art and Apartheid

Thursdays, March 9 – March 30, 12 – 2pm

Instructor: Sue Williamson and guest speakers

The Art of Philly’s Public Space
Online / Art in Context

The Art of Philly’s Public Space

Thursdays, March 9 – March 30, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Conrad Benner

Photography and Painting
Online / Art in Context

Photography and Painting

Mondays, April 3 – April 24, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Michael Williamson

Camille Pissarro
Online / Art in Context

Camille Pissarro

Mondays, April 3 – April 24, 6 – 8pm

Instructor: Matthew Palczynski

Painting before the Renaissance
Online / Art in Context

Painting before the Renaissance

Tuesdays, April 4 – April 25, 2 – 4pm

Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

Soutine’s Technique: A Close Look
Online / Art in Context

Soutine’s Technique: A Close Look

Wednesdays, April 5 – April 26, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Miriam Gillman

The Art of Mesopotamia: A Crossroads of Cultures and Myth
Online / Art in Context

The Art of Mesopotamia: A Crossroads of Cultures and Myth

Fridays, April 7 – April 28, 2 – 4pm

Instructor: Carl Walsh

Pennsylvania Impressionism: Exploring the New Hope Colony
Online / Art in Context

Pennsylvania Impressionism: Exploring the New Hope Colony

Thursdays, April 13 – May 4, 2 – 4pm

Instructor: Laura Igoe

African Photography: The Art of Writing with Light
Online / Art in Context

African Photography: The Art of Writing with Light

Fridays, April 14 – May 5, 12 – 2pm

Instructor: Giulia Paoletti

Old Masters at the Barnes
On-Site / Art in Context

Old Masters at the Barnes

Tuesdays, May 2 – May 23, 1 – 3pm

Instructor: Larry Silver

In Defense of Renoir
Online / Art in Context

In Defense of Renoir

Wednesdays, May 3 – May 24, 12 – 2pm

Instructor: Martha Lucy

Gustav Klimt: Modernism in the Making
On-Site / Art in Context

Gustav Klimt: Modernism in the Making

Wednesday, May 3 – Wednesday, May 24

Instructor: Leslie Bowen

Modern Art and Dance
Online / Art in Context

Modern Art and Dance

Thursdays, May 4 – May 25, 3 – 5pm

Instructor: Nell Andrew

Horticulture Certificate Program
Certificate Programs / Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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