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The Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University

Monday, July 31 – Tuesday, December 31
Art in Context / Understanding Materials and Techniques / The Barnes Method

The Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program


This special track offers an immersion in the Barnes method and an introduction to other interpretive approaches.

Free / Social

Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes: Jonathan D. Pinkett

April – June 2019

Painter Jonathan D. Pinkett is our current artist-in-residence.


Research Notes

Monday, April 30 – Monday, March 30

Horticulture Certificate Program


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


Community Stories

Monday, October 1 – Wednesday, July 31
Talks & Tours

Highlights Tour

Daily, 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.

Talks & Tours

Premier Tour

Daily, 4:30pm; Saturdays, 10am

This 90-minute docent-led tour takes place while the Barnes is closed to the public.

Talks & Tours

Personalized Docent Tour

Available Daily

A private one-hour tour for you and up to five guests during regular hours.

Talks & Tours

Afternoons with
the Art Team


Join us for casual pop-up talks in the galleries led by our Art Team. Each talk focuses on a specific work of art—it’s a great way to explore the collection and learn something new!

Special Offer

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Saturday, April 27 – Monday, July 15
Talks & Tours / Special Offer

Gogh, Mom!

May 1 – 31

Happy Mother’s Day! Take your mom on a tour this May and we’ll treat her with a special gift.

Talks & Tours / Members

May Spotlight Tour: Renoir and His Women

Daily, 1 – 2pm

This May, discover the influence the women in Renoir’s life had on his career.

Talks & Tours / Members

Lecture: Mary Morton on Corot’s Figures

Saturday, June 1, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Curator Mary Morton shares why master landscape painter Camille Corot deserves attention for his figure paintings as well.

Talks & Tours / Members

June Spotlight Tour: Modigliani and Soutine

Daily, 1 – 2pm

This June, learn about the friendship that grew between these modern artists while working in Paris.

Free / Family / Music / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Summer Solstice

Sunday, June 2, 10am – 5pm

Celebrate summer's arrival with floral crafts! Plus, global music by Philly's Drum Like a Lady.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Van Gogh’s Still Life

Monday, June 3, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the object from Ramey Mize, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. Free with admission; Room 2

Art in Context

Homegrown Concerns:
American Modernism c. 1900–1950

Tuesday, June 4, 10am – 4pm

This one-day workshop explores key artists from one of the most prolific moments in American history, including Alfred Stieglitz, Jacob Lawrence, and Edward Hopper.

Talks & Tours

What’s Going On?
Philly’s Next Generation in Black Music

Friday, June 7, 5:30 – 7pm

WURD Radio celebrates Black Music Month at the Barnes with a panel of Philly musicians, DJs, and creative professionals.

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! The Music of Marvin Gaye

Friday, June 7, 6 – 9pm

The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble brings the songs of Marvin Gaye to life with its inventive arrangements.

Family / Talks & Tours

Stroller Tour

Thursday, June 13, 10:30 – 11:15am

Our Stroller Tours make visiting our galleries less stressful for families with babies.

Nightlife / Performance

Barnes Takeover:
Cookie Diorio

Thursday, June 13, 8 – 10pm

Local artists take over the Barnes. Will this performance change the way you see the collection?

The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Tuesday, June 18, 10am – 4pm

Learn to better understand why Albert Barnes arranged his collection in such an unconventional way in this one-day workshop.

Talks & Tours / Performance

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Dr. Molefi Kete Asante and Colette Fu

Tuesday, June 18, 7 – 8:30pm

An unconventional conversation about creativity, gender, and race where we bring the intriguing guests and you bring the questions.

Family / Social

Barnes Toddler Time

Thursday, June 20

Join us for a combination of storytime, art making, and movement activities just for kids ages 2–4 and their parents or caregivers.

Talks & Tours / Performance

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Kathryn Ott Lovell and Sherman Fleming

Tuesday, June 25, 5:30 – 7pm

An unconventional conversation about creativity, gender, and race where we bring the intriguing guests and you bring the questions.


Member Previews for I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like

Thursday, June 27 – Saturday, June 29

As a member, see the exhibition before the public opening.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Living Still Life

Tuesday, July 9, 10am – 4pm

In this one-day workshop, learn how the once-humble still life became an important genre in contemporary art.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Understanding Color in Painting

Tuesday, July 16, 10am – 4pm

Explore the history and use of color in paintings from the Barnes collection.

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Drawing with Scissors

Tuesday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 7, 10am – 4pm

Explore the unique cut-paper method developed by Henri Matisse and discover your inner artist with a hands-on lesson.

Art in Context

Bill Viola in Context

Saturday, August 17, 10am – 4pm

A look at the artist’s innovative contributions to video, sound, and installation art as well as the provocative themes that inspire his creations.

Nightlife / Social

2019 Barnes Art Ball

Friday, October 25

Join us this fall for a celebration of Henri Matisse’s 150th birthday and a preview of the contemporary art exhibition 30 Americans.