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

Field Trips

Field trips are available for all K–12 students from October through June. During these visits, students will tour the Barnes galleries and analyze the unique “ensemble” displays, which feature impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings alongside African sculptures, Native American jewelry, Greek antiquities, and metalwork.

Field trips with guided tours take place Tuesday to Thursday. Students in grades 8 and above may self-guide with their chaperones after or instead of a guided tour. These visits offer more scheduling flexibility and may take place during open hours, pending availability. Self-guided-only visits ($5 per person) are essentially general admission tickets, and groups may need to wait in line with other visitors to enter galleries and special exhibition spaces.

All field trips are free (including busing) for public and charter schools in the School District of Philadelphia. For all other school groups, field trips are $5 per person, or $10 per person for guided visits with additional self-guided access. Learn more and request a field trip today.

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General Introduction Tours

Our 75-minute interactive gallery lessons focus on improving visual literacy skills with age-appropriate activities that meet curricular standards. Students sharpen their observation skills and practice critical thinking by looking carefully at art and making connections to their own lives and the world around them. 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.