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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. Gallery tours are focused on improving visual literacy skills and engaging students with age-appropriate activities that meet curricular standards. Students in grades 8 and above may self-guide with their chaperones.

Field trips are free (including busing) for a limited number of School District of Philadelphia and Delaware County public and charter schools. Learn more and request a field trip today.

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General Introduction Tours

Pre-K–12 students sharpen their observation skills and practice critical thinking by looking closely at art. In 75-minute interactive gallery lessons, students look carefully at art and make connections to their own lives and the world around them. They analyze the Barnes’s unique ensemble displays of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings, displayed 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.

During Modigliani Up Close (October 16, 2022–January 29, 2023), school groups may see both the permanent collection and the exhibition. Teachers may self-tour exhibitions ahead of their field trip. Email us to arrange for a complimentary educator ticket, available during open hours only.