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We're now offering a greater number of art classes, at a lower cost. We also have need-based scholarships to help make art accessible for everyone. 


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Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes

Wednesday, January 17 – Monday, December 31
Find out more about the five Philadelphia artists selected for residencies as part of our Let's Connect exhibition.
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Wednesday, February 14 – Thursday, May 31
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Group Tours

Friday, March 16 – Saturday, March 17
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Renoir: Father and Son Special Exhibition and Collection Tour

Monday, June 4 – Monday, September 3
Start in the exhibition and then move into the collection, focusing on works that illuminate the fascinating dialogue between father and son.
Talks & Tours

New Series: Barnes Jawn(t)s

Tuesdays, July 17 – August 21, 6 – 6:45pm
These fun, anything-goes tours are led by a diverse array of Philadelphia personalities.
Free / Family / Music / Social

The Canopy at the Barnes for The Oval+

Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, August 19
Join us on the Parkway for shade, seating, games, and live music for all.
Music / Social

Summer Sundays at the Garden Restaurant

Sundays, July 22 – August 26, 11am – 4pm
All summer long, the Garden Restaurant at the Barnes is serving a Sunday brunch with live music.
Talks & Tours / Members

Spotlight Tour: Charles Demuth

Wednesday, August 1 – Friday, August 31
The bold and insatiably curious Charles Demuth helped introduce modern art to America.
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Rousseau's Unpleasant Surprise

Monday, August 20, 2 – 2:30pm
Hear the story behind the painting from Brandon Scott, a graduate student in art history at Williams College. Free with admission; Room 23
The Barnes Method

The Practice of Meditation and Close Looking

Tuesday, August 21, 10am – 4pm
A daylong immersion in close looking and meditation. Enjoy the quiet experience of looking at artwork, with Dr. Barnes’s concepts in mind.
Talks & Tours

Barnes Jawn(t): Ariell R. Johnson

Tuesday, August 21, 6 – 6:45pm
A Barnes Jawn(t) is an anything-goes tour of the collection with a fascinating Philly personality as your guide.
Talks & Tours

Barnes Jawn(t): Rev. Nicolas O’Rourke

Tuesday, August 21, 6 – 6:45pm
A Barnes Jawn(t) is an anything-goes tour of the collection with a fascinating Philly personality as your guide.
Talks & Tours

Barnes Jawn(t): Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews

Tuesday, August 21, 6 – 6:45pm
A Barnes Jawn(t) is an anything-goes tour of the collection with a fascinating Philly personality as your guide.
Talks & Tours / Members

Spotlight Tour: The Impressionists–Embracing the Modern

Saturday, September 1 – Sunday, September 30
Learn about impressionism as a radical break with tradition, changing the way people think about art forever.
Free / Family / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Reboot, Renew, Revive!

Sunday, September 2, 10am – 5pm
Fall is coming, and it’s time to refresh our minds and bodies! Stimulate your creativity through body movement and art making.
Art in Context / Understanding Materials and Techniques / The Barnes Method

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program

Tuesday, September 4 – Tuesday, December 18
This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.
The Barnes Method

Women Artists Through the Lens of History

Tuesdays, September 4 – December 18, 1 – 3pm
Why are women artists underrepresented in collections? Explore the socio-economic norms that have suppressed the creativity of talented women throughout history.
The Barnes Method

The Elements of Art

Tuesdays, September 4 – December 18, 1 – 4pm
Learn the aesthetic principles that underlie art and discover its communicative power by studying directly in the Barnes galleries.
Art in Context

The Female Nude in 20th-Century Art

Tuesdays, September 4 – December 18, 2 – 4pm
Using the Barnes Foundation’s extensive collection of figure paintings, this class explores why the nude has been so compelling for artists throughout history.
The Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, September 4 – December 18, 6 – 9pm
Explore how traditions influence and affect one another, how artists learn from and adapt traditions, and how modern art evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Wednesday, September 5 – Monday, May 13
Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.
Nightlife / Music / Performance

First Friday! Brazilian Day

Friday, September 7, 6 – 9pm
A taste of Afro-Brazilian culture with Project Capoeira.
Talks & Tours / Members

Lecture Series: Kenneth E. Silver, Transatlantic Episodes in Modern Art

Saturday, September 8, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Art historian Kenneth E. Silver illuminates the beautiful and sometimes surprising works that resulted from the cultural exchange between French and American artists.
Family / Talks & Tours

Stroller Tour

Thursday, September 13, 10:30 – 11:15am
Our new Stroller Tours make visiting our galleries less stressful for families with babies.
Members

Member Orientation

Friday, September 14, 10 – 11am
New members are invited to learn more about the perks of membership at the Barnes.
Family / Social

Barnes Toddler Time

Thursday, September 20, 10 – 11:45am
Join us for a combination of storytime, art making, and movement activities just for kids ages 2–4 and their parents or caregivers.
Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Artist Bash: Fierce Women

Friday, September 21, 8 – 11pm
Our fifth Artist Bash showcases women in the arts, including musicians, choreographers, designers, and acrobats.
The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes's Ensembles

Saturdays, September 22 – October 27, 9 – 11am
Learn to better understand why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Mechanics of Paper: The Poetry of Progress

Tuesdays, September 25 – October 16, 6 – 8pm
The evolution of paper is woven into the DNA of human development. Learn how paper is made and how the technology spread.
Art in Context

Picasso in the Making

Tuesdays, October 2 – October 23, 6 – 8pm
Contextualize the iconic artist’s early works and consider the role his canvases play in the Barnes collection.
Art in Context

Albert C. Barnes: A Philadelphia Story

Wednesdays, October 3 – October 24, 6 – 8pm
The life of Albert Barnes is a remarkable success story. Follow his journey from research chemist to art collector and educator.
Art in Context

The Contemporary Art Market

Thursdays, October 11 – November 1, 1 – 3pm
Have you ever wondered how collectors of contemporary art choose their pieces? How gallerists decide which artists to represent?
Nightlife / Music / Social

Morisot: Passport to Paris

Friday, October 19, 7 – 11pm
Enjoy an evening of breathtaking art, sumptuous bites, artisanal cocktails and live music at the preview party celebrating Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist.
Talks & Tours / Members

Fashion and Feminism: A Symposium Inspired by Berthe Morisot

Saturday, October 20, 1 – 5pm
Join us for lively discussion about the ways fashion has been deployed to make powerful political statements—in paintings, on the runway, and in everyday life.
Art in Context

Charles Demuth and American Modernism

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
Charles Demuth worked to cultivate a distinctively American mode of modern art by applying avant-garde principles to the early-20th-century United States.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Impressionist Methods

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
Explore the materials and methods of the impressionist era through lectures accompanied by painting demonstrations.
Art in Context

African Art in the Barnes Foundation: Context and Meanings

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
This class will discuss the traditional meanings and uses of the African sculpture collected by Albert Barnes.
Art in Context

Berthe Morisot: A Personal Reflection

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
Painter and scholar Bill Scott examines the life, artwork, friendships, and career of impressionist painter Berthe Morisot.
Art in Context

The Body in Contemporary Art

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 6 – 8pm
For many contemporary artists, the human body is a subject of endless fascination. This course offers an introduction to key examples of the use and representation of the body in different media, including performance art.
Art in Context

Fashion and Impressionism

Tuesdays, October 23 – November 13, 2 – 4pm
Study the theoretical, literary, and art historical aspects of Parisian fashion and its impact on the arts.
The Barnes Method

Inspiration and Impact: The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, October 30 – December 4, 6 – 8pm
What was it about Cézanne’s painting that inspired many artists of the period and continues to influence painters today?
Art in Context

Picasso and His Contemporaries

Saturday, November 3, 10am – 4pm
Trace key moments in Picasso's oeuvre while highlighting his impact on his contemporaries through a daylong immersion in his work.
The Barnes Method

Works on Paper in the Barnes Foundation

Tuesdays, November 13 – December 4, 1 – 3pm
Works on paper can convey a sense of immediacy, spontaneity, and intimacy. Learn about the process used to create such works and explore their visual impact.
Art in Context

African-American Culture and Music

Wednesdays, November 14 – December 5, 6 – 8pm
Explore Albert Barnes’s relationship with the African-American community, with particular focus on Dr. Barnes’s love of spirituals and his involvement in the Harlem Renaissance.
Art in Context

Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist

Mondays, November 19 – December 10, 6 – 8pm
Explore Morisot's critical reception, her modern subject matter, and her pioneering place within the Parisian avant-garde.
Art in Context

Manet and Modern Paris

Mondays, November 19 – December 10, 6 – 8pm
This class will place Édouard Manet’s influential paintings within the context of modern Paris, the French Empire, and the city’s increasingly global reputation.
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The Barnes Arboretum

Thursday, August 1 – Friday, December 27