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Group Visits

Thursday, March 15 – Sunday, January 31
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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>October 2023
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October 2023

Tuesday, April 30 – Friday, February 28

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

Research Notes: 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>June 2024
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Research Notes:
June 2024

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 – Tuesday, December 31

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.

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Barnes West

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Thursday, April 18 – Saturday, August 31
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Monday, July 8 – Wednesday, November 27
July Spotlight Tour: Portraits in the Barnes
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July Spotlight Tour: Portraits in the Barnes

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Explore the incredible diversity of portraiture in the collection—from Hals to Van Gogh, Matisse, and Soutine.

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, 1pm

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

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, 10am, 11am, 2pm

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

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.

Private Collection Tour: Favorite Artists
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Private Collection Tour: Favorite Artists

Thursday–Monday, 10am

Choose your favorite artists in the collection for a private one-hour experience for up to eight guests.

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

Members-Only Exhibition Tour: Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes

Thursdays, 2 – 3pm

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

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

Online Member Orientation
Members

Online Member Orientation

Friday, July 26, 10:30 – 11:30am

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

Members-Only Online Talk: Cross-Collection Curiosities
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Members-Only Online Talk: Cross-Collection Curiosities

Wednesday, July 31, 12:30 – 1:30pm

This exclusive talk for Barnes members and Walters Art Museum members details unique objects in each collection.

August Spotlight Tour: Portraits in the Barnes
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August Spotlight Tour: Portraits in the Barnes

Thursday–Monday, 1pm

Explore the incredible diversity of portraiture in the collection—from Hals to Van Gogh, Matisse, and Soutine.

First Friday: Wayna & BlackStar Film Festival
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday: Wayna & BlackStar Film Festival

Friday, August 2, 6 – 9pm

Tonight’s performances by R&B and soul singer Wayna are presented in partnership with BlackStar.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Beats with Heart
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Beats with Heart

Sunday, August 4, 10am – 5pm

Join us for a celebration of music, with Steve Weiss Mallet Festival and art for the whole family.

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

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

Monday, August 12, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Members are invited to an exclusive evening tour exploring all the techniques artists use to create narratives.

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

Member Talk: William Perthes on <i>Visions</i>
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Member Talk: William Perthes on Visions

Thursday, August 15, 11am – noon

Get a behind-the-scenes look at our new exhibition of work by artists from Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Guild program and SCI Phoenix.

Toddlerpalooza
Free / Family / Social / Performance

Toddlerpalooza

Saturday, August 17, 9:30am – 12:30pm

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

Members-Only Online Tour: <i>Matisse & Renoir</i>
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Members-Only Online Tour: Matisse & Renoir

Wednesday, August 21, 2 – 3pm

Members are invited to an exclusive online tour of Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes.

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

Member Orientation
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Member Orientation

Friday, August 23, 10 – 11:30am

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

Members-Only Online Tour: Portraits in the Barnes
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Members-Only Online Tour: Portraits in the Barnes

Tuesday, August 27, 2 – 3pm

This exclusive online tour focuses on iconic and expressive portraits by Van Gogh, Matisse, Soutine, and more.

Art, Well-Being, and Medicine
Professional Workshops

Art, Well-Being, and Medicine

Professional Development Workshops for Groups

New program! Our group workshops help medical students and healthcare professionals develop a more empathetic, humanistic approach to patient care.

September Spotlight Tour: The Impressionists: Rebels of the Art World
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September 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.

Online Member Orientation
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Online Member Orientation

Friday, September 6, 10:30 – 11:30am

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

Chromophilia: Modern Art and the Reinvention of Color
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Chromophilia: Modern Art and the Reinvention of Color

Fridays, September 6 – September 27, 1 – 3pm

Take a closer look at how artists like Manet and Matisse redefined color and its use in modern art. Instructor: Paul Galvez

First Friday: April Varner
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday: April Varner

Friday, September 6, 6 – 9pm

The New York–based jazz singer performs music from her new record.

Degas and Impressionism: 150 Years Later
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Degas and Impressionism: 150 Years Later

Mondays, September 9 – September 30, 2 – 4pm

An in-depth look at Degas’s technical innovations and his contribution to the impressionism movement. Instructor: Michelle Foa

The Traditions of Art
On-Site / Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, September 10 – December 17, 1 – 4pm

Learn how modern artists adapted earlier traditions in developing new visual languages. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

The Elements of Art
On-Site / Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, September 10 – December 17, 6 – 9pm

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

Close-Looking Immersion: El Greco’s  <i>Apparition of the Virgin and Child to Saint Hyacinth</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: El Greco’s Apparition of the Virgin and Child to Saint Hyacinth

Wednesday, September 11, 12 – 1:30pm

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

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: The Barnes Collection

Wednesday, September 11, 5:30 – 6:30pm

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

The Elements of Art
Online / Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Wednesdays, September 11 – December 18, 6 – 9pm

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

Collection Concentration: Paul Cézanne
Online / Barnes Method

Collection Concentration: Paul Cézanne

Thursdays, September 12 – December 19, 1 – 4pm

Study Cézanne’s influence on European modernism and trace the development of his visual language. Instructor: William Perthes

Painting and Poetry
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Painting and Poetry

Thursdays, September 12 – October 10, 2 – 4pm

This course looks at the connections between painting and poetry and how they communicate an artist’s philosophy, desires, or cultural orientation. Instructor: Laura J. Watts

Members-Only Online Talk: Bertrand Russell and the Barnes
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Members-Only Online Talk: Bertrand Russell and the Barnes

Friday, September 13, 12 – 1pm

Archivist Rob Jagiela provides an in-depth look at Russell’s association with Dr. Barnes and the foundation.

Members-Only Online Tour: The Impressionists: Rebels of the Art World
Members

Members-Only Online Tour: The Impressionists: Rebels of the Art World

Tuesday, September 17, 2 – 3pm

This exclusive online tour provides a closer look at Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, and other artists who led the impressionist movement.

Afternoon with an Ensemble: Room 14
On-Site / Barnes Method

Afternoon with an Ensemble: Room 14

Wednesday, September 25, 2 – 4pm

Examine one of Dr. Barnes’s carefully crafted displays of paintings. Instructor: Kaelin Jewell

Modern Painters Take the Stage: Set and Costume Design in 20th-Century Theater
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Modern Painters Take the Stage: Set and Costume Design in 20th-Century Theater

Wednesdays, October 9 – October 30, 1 – 3pm

Explore groundbreaking collaborations that brought important visual artists to the stage. Instructor: Caterina Y. Pierre

Close-Looking Immersion: Maurice Brazil Prendergast’s <i>Marblehead Harbor</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Maurice Brazil Prendergast’s Marblehead Harbor

Wednesday, October 9, 6 – 7:30pm

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

Looking and Listening: Albert Barnes’s Pairing of Art and Music in the Galleries
On-Site

Looking and Listening: Albert Barnes’s Pairing of Art and Music in the Galleries

Monday, October 14, 6 – 8pm

This new series explores the relationship between visual art and music. Today’s session re-creates some of Dr. Barnes’s favorite pairings. Instructor: Alison Boyd

2024 Barnes Art Ball
Nightlife / Social

2024 Barnes Art Ball

Friday, October 18

Join us for our yearly celebration of art, community, and philanthropy.

Builders, Heroes, and Unicorns: Exploring the History and Treasures of the Met Cloisters
Online

Builders, Heroes, and Unicorns: Exploring the History and Treasures of the Met Cloisters

Fridays, October 18 – November 8, 1 – 2:30pm

Join the curator-in-charge of the Cloisters for a deep dive into the museum’s history, architecture, and collections. Instructor: C. Griffith Mann

Zooming In on Van Gogh
Online

Zooming In on Van Gogh

Mondays, October 21 – November 11, 6 – 8pm

Delve into the life and work of one of the greatest, and most mythologized, painters of the modern era. Instructor: Martha Lucy

Workshop: Art, Well-Being, and Medicine
On-Site

Workshop: Art, Well-Being, and Medicine

Wednesday, October 23, 2 – 4pm

Learn how engaging with works of art can strengthen your skills as a healthcare provider. Instructor: William Perthes

Mickalene Thomas, Visual Pleasure and Arts Activism
Online / Exhibition-Related

Mickalene Thomas, Visual Pleasure and Arts Activism

Thursdays, October 24 – November 21, 2 – 3:30pm

Take a deeper dive into Thomas’s career and influence with the curator of All About Love. Instructor: Renée Mussai

Order and Invention
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Order and Invention

Tuesdays, November 5 – December 3, 6 – 8pm

How does an idea become a finished work of art? This class explores some of the tools that aid artists in making images. Instructor: Michael Williamson

Errand into the Maze: The Masterpiece and the Ensemble
On-Site

Errand into the Maze: The Masterpiece and the Ensemble

Wednesdays, November 6 – December 4, 2 – 4pm

Consider the reciprocal dialogues between works within Barnes ensembles while seeking a deeper understanding of the collection as a whole. Instructor: Rika Burnham

Size <i>Does</i> Matter: A History of Miniatures in Art
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Size Does Matter: A History of Miniatures in Art

Wednesdays, November 6 – December 4, 2 – 4pm

What makes miniatures so fascinating? And what compels artists to work on such a tiny scale? This course shines a spotlight on the art and history of miniatures. Instructor: Julie Steiner

Close-Looking Immersion: Picasso’s <i>Woman Seated on Striped Floor</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Picasso’s Woman Seated on Striped Floor

Wednesday, November 13, 6 – 7:30pm

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

Pillars of the Collection
On-Site / Barnes Method

Pillars of the Collection

Wednesday, December 11, 10am – 4pm

Spend time in the galleries examining some of the most important and best-loved art and artists in the collection. Instructors: Kaelin Jewell, William Perthes

Close-Looking Immersion: Gauguin’s <i>Haere Pape</i>
Online / Barnes Method

Close-Looking Immersion: Gauguin’s Haere Pape

Wednesday, December 11, 12 – 1:30pm

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

Looking and Listening: Picasso and the Art of Composing
On-Site

Looking and Listening: Picasso and the Art of Composing

Monday, December 16, 6 – 8pm

This new series explores the relationship between visual art and music. Today’s session looks at works by Picasso that have been called “visual music.” Instructors: Alison Boyd, Naina Saligram

Horticulture Certificate Program
Horticulture / Certificate Programs

Horticulture Certificate Program

Ongoing

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

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 / Online / On-Site

Gift a Barnes Class

Ongoing

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