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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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Research Notes

Tuesday, May 1 – Tuesday, March 31
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#SeeingtheBarnes: Instagram Open Call

Tuesday, August 28 – Sunday, September 30
Talks & Tours / Members

Spotlight Tour: The Impressionists–Embracing the Modern

Saturday, September 1 – Wednesday, October 31
Learn about impressionism as a radical break with tradition, changing the way people think about art forever.
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.
Horticulture

Horticulture Certificate Program

Wednesday, September 5 – Monday, May 13
Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.
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.
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#SeeingtheBarnes:
Community Stories

Tuesday, October 2 – Thursday, August 1
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.
Horticulture

Contemporary Botanical Illustration

Thursdays, October 4 – November 29, 1 – 4pm
Develop the skills to create highly detailed, expressive, and accurate botanical compositions using pencil and watercolor.
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?
Family / Social

Barnes Toddler Time

Thursday, October 18, 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.
Members

Member Previews for Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist

Thursday, October 18 – Saturday, October 20
As a member, see the exhibition before the public opening.
Members

Supporter Reception for Berthe Morisot:
Woman Impressionist

Thursday, October 18, 6:30 – 9pm
Supporter- and Sustainer-level members are invited to enjoy an evening preview of Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist with live music and cocktails.
Nightlife / Music / Social

Morisot: Passport to Paris

Friday, October 19
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.
Talks & Tours

Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist Special Exhibition Tour

Wednesday, October 24 – Monday, January 14
Tour our new exhibition for a closer look at artist Berthe Morisot and her pioneering role in the impressionist movement.
Nightlife / Music / Social

Young Professionals Night: Modern Muse

Friday, October 26, 7 – 10pm
After-hours art, style, and live beats await Philadelphia's young leaders and Contemporaries members.
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?
Talks & Tours / Members

Spotlight Tour:
Paul Cézanne—
His Art and Life

Thursday, November 1 – Friday, November 30
Learn about impressionism as a radical break with tradition, changing the way people think about art forever.
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New Member Reception: Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist

Thursday, November 1, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Explore Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist and the permanent collection at this special evening reception for new members.
Nightlife / Music / Performance

First Friday! A Tribute to Grover Washington, Jr.

Friday, November 2, 6 – 9pm
The Tony Miceli Ensemble, featuring singer Tiffany Jones, brings the music of the legendary saxophonist to life at the Barnes.
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.
Free / Family / Film / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Art for All

Sunday, November 4, 10am – 5pm
Free art activities and entertainment for all ages, plus ​access to our collection and Berthe Morisot exhibition.
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Ying’s Seated Girl on Porch

Monday, November 5, 2 – 2:30pm
Hear the story behind the painting from Z. Serena Qiu, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 19
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Members-Only Tour: School of Paris

Wednesday, November 7, 4 – 5pm
A docent-led exploration of works by innovative artists who were drawn to Paris in the early 20th century.
Family / Talks & Tours

Stroller Tour

Thursday, November 8, 10:30 – 11:15am
Our new Stroller Tours make visiting our galleries less stressful for families with babies.
Free

College Night at the Barnes

Friday, November 9, 7 – 9pm
Celebrate the style of the 1920s at our fourth annual college night in partnership with Campus Philly.
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.
Members

Members-Only Tour: School of Paris

Wednesday, November 14, 4 – 5pm
A docent-led exploration of works by innovative artists who were drawn to Paris in the early 20th century.
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.
Members

Member Orientation

Friday, November 16, 10 – 11am
New members are invited to learn more about the perks of membership at the Barnes.
Talks & Tours / Members

Lecture: Anne Higonnet, Berthe Morisot and the Painting of Modern Life

Saturday, November 17, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Learn more about the life and work of impressionist painter Berthe Morisot in this lecture by Barnard College professor Anne Higonnet.
Nightlife / Music / Performance

Barnes Takeover: The Gorgeousity

Saturday, November 17, 8 – 10pm
The women behind The Gorgeousity will lead an immersive, music-filled adventure in response to the collection.
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Morisot’s Self-Portrait

Monday, November 19, 2 – 2:30pm
Hear the story behind the painting from Ramey Mize, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; special exhibition gallery
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 26 – December 17, 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.
Members

Members-Only Tour: School of Paris

Wednesday, November 28, 4 – 5pm
A docent-led exploration of works by innovative artists who were drawn to Paris in the early 20th century.
Horticulture

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 1, 9am – 4pm
​Learn simple techniques to transform elements from the Barnes Arboretum into a decorative wreath.
Free / Family / Music / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: She Creates

Sunday, December 2, 10am – 5pm
Celebrate women in the arts, with performances by storytellers, musicians, dancers, and other creators. Plus, art activities for all ages!
Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Morisot’s The Artist’s Sister at a Window

Monday, December 3, 2 – 2:30pm
Hear the story behind the painting from Z. Serena Qiu, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; special exhibition gallery
Members

Building on the Barnes Philosophy: Experiential Learning through Dance and Art

Friday, December 7, 12 – 1pm
Explore the history of teaching at the Barnes, from the Dr. Barnes’s original vision to today's interdisciplinary program for Philadelphia students.
Nightlife / Music / Performance

First Friday! Argentine Tango

Friday, December 7, 6 – 9pm
Get ready to dance! Learn the basics of the Argentine tango and enjoy performances by world-class dancers.
Members

Conservation Discoveries

Friday, December 14, 12 – 1pm
Our senior director of conservation and chief conservator of paintings will provide exciting updates of recent conservation projects.
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In Focus Gallery Talk: Histia’s Storage Jar

Monday, December 17, 2 – 2:30pm
Hear the story behind the piece from Ramey Mize, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Lower Level Lobby
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The Barnes Arboretum

Thursday, August 1 – Friday, December 27