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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, March 16
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: 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>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.

READ Praxis
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READ Praxis

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

New classes curated monthly

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

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 – Saturday, April 30

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 – Saturday, April 30

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

The Barnes from Home
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The Barnes from Home

Ongoing

Online art talks, classes, and more. Stay connected with the Barnes through our many online resources.

Highlights Tour
Talks & Tours

Highlights Tour

Friday–Sunday, 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

Friday–Sunday

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 five guests.

Private Virtual Tours
Talks & Tours / Online

Private Virtual Tours

Available Now

Visit the Barnes without leaving home! Book a custom online tour for your friends, family, or colleagues

Join Now!
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Wednesday, September 15 – Wednesday, January 19
January Spotlight Tour: Renoir and Women
Talks & Tours

January Spotlight Tour: Renoir and Women

Friday–Sunday, 1pm

Learn how the women in Renoir’s life influenced his career and found their way onto his canvases.

Online Member Orientation
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Online Member Orientation

Friday, January 21, 10:30 – 11:30am

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

The Elements of Art
Online / The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

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

Learn basic aesthetic principles and discover art’s communicative power by studying works in the Barnes collection.

The Traditions of Art
On-Site / The Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, January 25 – April 26, 6 – 9pm

Learn about how modern artists adapted earlier traditions in developing their own visual languages.

Collection Concentration: Renoir Reconsidered
Online / The Barnes Method

Collection Concentration: Renoir Reconsidered

Tuesdays, January 25 – May 3, 6 – 9pm

With 179 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the collection, the Barnes is the ideal place to learn about this important but often misunderstood artist.

Learning to See
Online / On-Site / The Barnes Method

Learning to See

Tuesdays, February 1 – February 22, 1 – 3pm

Learn how to see like an artist and better understand how painters, sculptors, and other creators express their unique experiences of the world.

February Spotlight Tour: Renoir and Women
Talks & Tours

February Spotlight Tour: Renoir and Women

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Learn how the women in Renoir’s life influenced his career and found their way onto his canvases.

Introduction to Color Theory
On-Site / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Introduction to Color Theory

Wednesdays, February 2 – February 23, 11am – 1pm

Learn about basic color theory by studying paintings in the Barnes collection and watching demonstrations led by a practicing artist.

Italian Masters: Giotto to Caravaggio
Online / Art in Context

Italian Masters: Giotto to Caravaggio

Wednesdays, February 2 – February 23, 12 – 2pm

Study the work of Donatello, Raphael, Caravaggio, and other Italian artists who changed the course of western European art history.

Impressionism: Rebellion & Rivalry
Online / Art in Context

Impressionism: Rebellion & Rivalry

Wednesdays, February 2 – February 23, 2 – 4pm

Explore how the impressionists broke the rules for painting and turned the 19th-century art establishment on its head.

American Modernism in the Southwest: O’Keeffe to Peña
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

American Modernism in the Southwest: O’Keeffe to Peña

Thursdays, February 3 – February 24, 1 – 3pm

In the early 1900s, modernist painters like Georgia O’Keeffe and Marsden Hartley found inspiration in the American Southwest's natural beauty and Indigenous culture.

First Friday! Lee Mo
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Lee Mo

Friday, February 4, 6 – 9pm

Enjoy an evening of art and live music with Philadelphia-based jazz and soul vocalist Lee Mo.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: A Love Letter to West Philly
Free / Family / Social

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: A Love Letter to West Philly

Sunday, February 6, 10am – 5pm

Enjoy creative activities from local artists. Plus, free access our collection galleries.

Members-Only Online Tour: Renoir's Women
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Members-Only Online Tour: Renoir's Women

Tuesday, February 8, 10 – 11am

Explore Renoir's paintings of women and how they represent different ideals of femininity.

Member Orientation
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Member Orientation

Friday, February 11, 10 – 11:30am

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

Members-Only Gallery Talk
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Members-Only Gallery Talk

Sunday, February 13, 10:15 – 11am

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

In Focus Gallery Talk: Manet’s <i>Tarring the Boat</i>
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Manet’s Tarring the Boat

Monday, February 14, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Jalen Chang, a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 6

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

Wednesday, February 16, 5:30 – 6:30pm

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

Online Curatorial Preview: <i>Water, Wind, Breath</i>
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Online Curatorial Preview: Water, Wind, Breath

Thursday, February 17, 4 – 5pm
Curators in Conversation: <i>Water, Wind, Breath</i>
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Curators in Conversation: Water, Wind, Breath

Sunday, February 20, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Join the co-curators of our latest special exhibition—plus an artist featured in the show—for an in-depth discussion of Southwest art.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Water, Wind, Breath</i>
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Members-Only Online Tour: Water, Wind, Breath

Wednesday, February 23, 2 – 3pm

Exclusive virtual tour of Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community.

Exhibition Tour: <i>Water, Wind, Breath</i>
Talks & Tours

Exhibition Tour: Water, Wind, Breath

Daily beginning February 28, 1 – 2pm

Discover the objects Dr. Barnes collected in New Mexico during the 1930s alongside works by contemporary Native American artists.

Private Exhibition Tour: <i>Water, Wind, Breath</i>
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Private Exhibition Tour: Water, Wind, Breath

Daily beginning February 28

See Navajo and Pueblo art that Dr. Barnes collected during the 1930s alongside works by contemporary Native American artists. This tour is a private one-hour experience.

March Spotlight Tour: Dr. Barnes and American Art
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March Spotlight Tour: Dr. Barnes and American Art

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Dr. Barnes collected American paintings, pottery, furniture, and more. Learn how and why these works ended up in his ensembles.

Seeing Cézanne
On-Site / Art in Context

Seeing Cézanne

Tuesdays, March 1 – March 22, 2 – 4pm

It has been said that Cezanne’s art expresses the process of seeing. What does that mean?

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Water, Wind, Breath</i>
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Members-Only Online Tour: Water, Wind, Breath

Wednesday, March 2, 2 – 3pm

Exclusive virtual tour of Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community.

Jerusalem in the Middle Ages
Online / Art in Context

Jerusalem in the Middle Ages

Wednesdays, March 2 – March 23, 4 – 6pm

Explore the arts of medieval Jerusalem, a bustling commercial center and home to Jews, Muslims, and Christians, all of whom regarded the city as integral to their faiths.

Painting Methods and Techniques in the Barnes Collection
Online / Understanding Materials and Techniques

Painting Methods and Techniques in the Barnes Collection

Wednesdays, March 2 – March 23, 6 – 8pm

Taught by a practicing artist, this course offers an in-depth look at the techniques and aesthetic thinking behind a range of artworks.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Water, Wind, Breath</i>
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Members-Only Tour: Water, Wind, Breath

Thursday, March 3, 2 – 3pm

Exclusive docent-led tours of Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community, in the Roberts Gallery.

Visualizing Race
Online / Art in Context

Visualizing Race

Thursdays, March 3 – March 24, 6 – 8pm

How has visual imagery shaped our ideas about race and racial categories?

First Friday! Laura Lizcano
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Laura Lizcano

Friday, March 4, 6 – 9pm

Singer-songwriter Laura Lizcano combines her formal jazz training with a love for folk and pop music.

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

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: The Art of Math

Sunday, March 6, 10am – 5pm

Learn about how artists use math in their work with fun family games and art activities. See creative student projects and our new exhibition Water, Wind, Breath.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Water, Wind, Breath</i>
Members

Members-Only Tour: Water, Wind, Breath

Thursday, March 10, 2 – 3pm

Exclusive docent-led tours of Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community, in the Roberts Gallery.

Online Member Orientation
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Online Member Orientation

Friday, March 11, 10:30 – 11:30am

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

Lecture and Book Signing: Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen on Seurat’s <i>Models</i>
Talks & Tours

Lecture and Book Signing: Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen on Seurat’s Models

Saturday, March 12, 11:30am – 1pm

The author and art historian discusses her new book Modern Art and the Remaking of Human Disposition.

In Focus Gallery Talk: Pippin’s <i>Christ and the Woman of Samaria</i>
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In Focus Gallery Talk: Pippin’s Christ and the Woman of Samaria

Monday, March 14, 3 – 3:30pm

Hear the story behind the painting from Jalen Chang, a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 12

Members-Only Online Tour: Dr. Barnes and American Art
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Dr. Barnes and American Art

Tuesday, March 15, 10 – 11am

Members are invited to join this online tour exploring the American works in the collection.

Salvador Dalí: Surrealism and Beyond
Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Salvador Dalí: Surrealism and Beyond

Wednesdays, March 16 – April 6, 1 – 3pm

This course explores Dalí’s dazzling, often shocking imagery through a diverse range of media spanning over 60 years.

Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community
On-Site / Art in Context

Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community

Mondays, March 21 – April 11, 6 – 8pm

Explore the histories of the Native objects in the collection, including Pueblo water jars, colorful Navajo blankets, and hand-wrought silver jewelry.

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Water, Wind, Breath</i>
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: Water, Wind, Breath

Wednesday, March 23, 2 – 3pm

Exclusive virtual tour of Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community.

Members-Only Artist Talk: Cara Romero
Members

Members-Only Artist Talk: Cara Romero

Wednesday, March 23, 6 – 7pm

The Chemehuevi photographer, featured in Water, Wind, Breath, discusses her powerful images of Indigenous life.

Members-Only Tour: <i>Water, Wind, Breath</i>
Members

Members-Only Tour: Water, Wind, Breath

Thursday, March 24, 2 – 3pm

Exclusive docent-led tours of Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community, in the Roberts Gallery.

Members-Only Artist Talk: “Clay ReVOlution” with Virgil Ortiz
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Members-Only Artist Talk: “Clay ReVOlution” with Virgil Ortiz

Wednesday, March 30, 6 – 7pm

The Cochiti Pueblo artist, whose work is featured in Water, Wind, Breath, presents on his project Revolt 1680/2180.

Horticulture Certificate Program
Certificate Programs / Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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