Free First Sundays

Free First Sundays

Free First Sunday presented by PECO

The Barnes offers free admission and programming on the first Sunday of every month. Visitors are welcome to attend talks, performances, and hands-on activities throughout the day. Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on-site starting at 9 am. 

First Sundays, 10 am–5 pm; programming 1–4 pm

Free First Sundays is generously presented by PECO.


Free tickets can be obtained on-site at the Barnes Foundation beginning at 9 am. Advance reservations are not available for Free First Sundays. 

This offer is limited to tickets for two adults and two children per transaction. Tickets are limited and available on a first come-first served basis.

Tickets include access to the Collection gallery, special exhibition and any programming taking place that day.

The Barnes Foundation and PECO look forward to welcoming you to Free First Sundays!

Free First Sunday
May 3

1–4 pmArt See Activities
What do you collect? How do you arrange things? The Order of Things spurs ideas for constructing new art from old, designing an amazing gallery, and collaging a collection bag.

1–1:45 pm Performance by folkloric music group from the state of Hidalgo
Brought to you by the Mexican Cultural Center.
The group, which performs huapango melodies and a fusion of folkloric, jazz, and blues music, is composed of nine multi-talented musicians: Juan Luis Alejandro Campos Macías, guitar and vihuela; Noris Ariadna Contreras Flores, guitar, jarana, and violin; Pablo García Muniva, percussion, guitarrón, vihuela, and jarana; Guillermo Jair Gutiérrez Gómez, violin, jarana, and guitar; Marco Antonio López Huerta, guitar, vihuela, and quinta de golpe; Emmanuel Mendez Raygosa, synthesizer and arrangements; Yesenia Reyes Huerta, guitarrón, violin, and trumpet; Jose Alberto Sanchez Ortiz, guitar and percussion; and Cuauhtémoc Tovar Jiménez, trombone, trumpet, and cornet. The musicians have toured throughout Europe, the United States, and South America.

2–4 pm ArtSee Storytime
Arty books and stories about design and nature for children of all ages.

1:45–2:10 pm Renegade Company performance

The Renegade Company explores the familiar in unfamiliar ways by distilling iconic works of art with unconventional community collaborations that foster deeper, resonating productions in the greater Philadelphia area and beyond.

2:10–2:20 pm Performance by Mary Grace Augustin
Mary Grace Augustin is a self-taught vocalist who began signing in elementary school. After growing up surrounded by a family of musicians, she sings at weddings and other community events, and in her church choir at the Cathedral of St. Peter's Shrine in Philadelphia.

2:30–3:30 pm Performance by contralto Ana Caridad Acosta and pianist Carlos Alberto Pecero

Brought to you by the Mexican Cultural Center.
Ana Caridad Acosta is a renowned Mexican singer known for her rare contralto voice. A graduate of the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico, Acosta debuted at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City in 1987. Acosta’s operatic repertoire includes Aida, Samson et Dalila, Madame Butterfly, and Carmen, among others. Acosta is currently a soloist with the opera at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico. 

Carlos Alberto Pecero is a celebrated Mexican pianist who studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico. As a recitalist and orchestral soloist, he has performed on the main stages of Mexico, the United States, Central and South America, Austria, and Spain. He has also performed with renowned artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Elena Durán, and Mstislav Rostropovich. Pecero is currently a permanent soloist for the Classical Orchestra of Mexico. Acosta and Pecero will perform a variety of popular Mexican pieces.