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School Programs

Come to the Barnes, or we’ll come to you. Our programs will nourish your students’ imaginations and serve your curricular goals.

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There are many ways your students can interact with the Barnes. Partner programs bring our grade-level specialists to your classroom and include a visit to the Barnes. Field trips include a 75-minute guided tour and interactive gallery lesson with age-appropriate activities that meet curricular standards. Self-guiding  with your students (grades 8 and above) after or instead of a guided tour provides more scheduling flexibility. Email us for information on virtual programs, which we can tailor to your class or school.

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Partner Programs

The Barnes provides free in-depth programming to grades pre-K, 3, 5, and 7 in select partner schools in the School District of Philadelphia and Catholic schools in the Delaware Valley. Eligible classrooms receive a field trip to the Barnes and two in-school lessons led by grade-level specialists. These programs are free and include materials, busing, and admission costs. Learn more.

Field Trips

Field trips with guided tours are available for all pre-K–12 students from October through June. During these visits, students will analyze the unique “ensemble” displays, which feature impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings alongside African sculptures, Native American jewelry, Greek antiquities, and metalwork. Students learn about the history of the Barnes and its founder, Albert Barnes, who was raised in a working-class family in Philadelphia and held a fierce commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

Guided tours are 75 minutes and may include stops in our special exhibition space; they are offered Monday–Wednesday at 10 & 11:45 am. All field trips are free (including busing) for public and charter schools in the School Districts of Philadelphia and Camden, NJ. For all other school groups, tours are $5 per person.

Learn more about field trips.


Students in grades 8 and above may self-guide with their chaperones after or instead of a guided tour. These visits may take place during open hours, pending availability.

Self-guided visits take place Monday, Thursday, and Friday, and are free (including busing) for public and charter schools in the School Districts of Philadelphia and Camden, NJ, and $5 per person (or $10 per person for guided visits with additional self-guided access) for all other schools. Self-guided tickets provide general admission, and groups may need to wait in line with other visitors to enter galleries and special exhibition spaces.

Learn more about field trips and self-guiding.

School Program Donors

The Barnes gratefully acknowledges its donors for their generous support of pre-K–12 education programs in the Philadelphia region. This list reflects gifts made between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023.

Endowment Donors

Center for Innovation in Education
Herbert and Joyce Kean
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Comcast Center for Community Engagement

Barnes Foundation smART Fund for Education, Established by GSK

Annual Program Donors

B Inspired
Eugene and Joann Bissell
The CHG Charitable Trust
Robert Cohen and Deborah Peikes
The Dean Family
The Do-Gooders
Marlene and Brian C. Dooner
Dr. Andrew F. Drake
Helen W. Drutt English
James Fernberger and Mary Walto
Julia and David Fleischner
Anne & Philip M. Glatfelter III Family
Goldsmith Weiss Foundation
Hamilton Family Charitable Trust
Hearst Foundations
Kerry and Rod Henkels
William Hooper
Maribeth and Steven Lerner
The Christopher Ludwick Foundation
Lundy Law Foundation
Mosi Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Leo W. Pierce, Jr.
PNC Financial Services Group
Jerome and Sandra Schwartz
Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Fund
Snave Foundation
The Dean and Ann Witter Fund for
Charitable Giving
F. Gordon Yasinow
JQ Yu and Yan Wang
Nanette and Robert E. Zakian

Connelly Foundation provides important support for programs serving Catholic school students.

Connelly Foundation

Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation generously supports in-gallery pre-K–12 learning.

Subaru of America Foundation, Inc., supports education programs in Camden, NJ, and generously provided a vehicle for Barnes educators to travel to local schools.

William Penn Foundation provides lead support for Puentes a las Artes / Bridges to the Arts and Early Learner Summer Pods.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services provided additional support for Puentes a las Artes / Bridges to the Arts.

The following corporations generously support pre-K–12 education through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program:

Glenna Stone Interior Design
Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Universal Health Services of Pennsylvania