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
1–4 pm ArtSee Activities: Beasties and Birdies
Imagination stations for family fun. Birdies and beasties abound in the galleries! With a happy birthday nod to Courbet, conjure up a bird bag, beastie medallion, and sculpted animal creations.
1–1:45 pm Interactive storytelling with Tribal Home
Karen Riggs, owner and curator of Tribal Home, a gallery of African art and textiles, brings several objects from her collection to illustrate an interactive discussion of African artifacts.
2–4 pm ArtSee Storytime
Arty books and stories about design and nature for children of all ages.
1–1:30 pm Play On, Philly! (POP) performance
POP is an innovative education and social initiative that provides opportunities for children’s personal development through the study of music. Inspired by El Sistema, the social development and music education program of Venezuela, POP seeks to enrich the lives of Philadelphia youth by providing daily music instruction in communities with little access to music education.
1:45–2:15 pm Crossing Boundaries interactive performance
Crossing Boundaries is a Barnes Foundation program that supports core curriculum in social studies and art by encouraging seventh- and eighth-grade students to observe and compare works of art that are unique to specific cultures, and to identify connections between objects based on shared aesthetic principles, regardless of their geographic origins. Join this interactive dance workshop, watch footage of a masquerade from the Dogon culture of Mali, and engage in discussion with Jennifer Turnbull, a dance educator at the Barnes Foundation.
3:30 pm–4:30 pm Horace Pippin: Changing Perceptions panel discussion
In the late 1930s, self-taught artist Horace Pippin rose from obscurity to critical acclaim. Championed initially by artist N. C. Wyeth and critic Christian Brinton, Pippin was soon supported by Albert C. Barnes, Museum of Modern Art director Alfred Barr, and curator Holger Cahill, all of whom described Pippin’s art as “primitive,” “folk,” and “naïve,” and helped launch him into the mainstream art world. Join Audrey Lewis, associate curator at the Brandywine River Museum, who curated the first major exhibition of Pippin’s art in over two decades; Martha Lucy, consulting curator at the Barnes Foundation; and Lynne Cooke, senior curator of special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art, for a dynamic conversation about perceptions of Pippin, the reception of his work during his lifetime, and his legacy in American art.