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!
Writers and Creators
1–4 pm Hands-on ArtSee activities
Everyone loves blue. It’s been used by artists to show a range of emotions and portray the world around us. Wish Vincent van Gogh a happy birthday by painting the town blue with projects that go from dull to bright and light to deep!
1–1:30 pm Network for New Music performance
Network for New Music has a 30-year history of adventurous and innovative programming and virtuoso performances. They worked with high school students from the Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School to guide them in composing short works based on artwork from the Barnes collection. Supervised by Network’s Artistic Director and teacher David Shapiro, Network Ensemble musicians regularly visited Masterman to review students' work and give feedback. This is the first public performance of these youth-composed pieces.
1:30–2:30 pm Art Sanctuary story teller
Art Sanctuary is an arts and letters organization devoted to presenting outstanding regional and national talent in the literary, visual, and performing arts, with a focus on black art. Art Sanctuary’s mission is to use the power of black art to transform individuals, create and build community, and foster cultural understanding
1:30–2:30 pm Philadelphia Free Library talk
Join the Philadelphia Free Library for this book discussion and giveaway as they spotlight One Book, One Philadelphia’s 2015 selection, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. The novel sheds light on an era when thousands of orphaned children were taken from crowded cities to face uncertain futures in the rural Midwest and reveals the importance of heritage and memories in shaping who we are, the value of intergenerational relationships, and the fundamental power of family.
1:30–3:30 pm Quilting with the Needle and Gun Club
The Needle and Gun Club is a group of retired FBI agents and teachers who create quilts and other works of art for charity. Join them for hands-on quilt making, inspired by works in the Barnes collection.
2–4 pm ARTime Storytime
Arty books and stories about design and nature for children of all ages.
2:30–3 pm Renegade Theater performance
Conceived and directed by Brenna Geffers
Performed by Mary Lee Bednarek, Mackenzie Maula, and Rebekah Sharp
Subject: Women explores the role of women in fine art. Using Matisse's triptych, Three Sisters, as an inspiration, Subject: Women begins with the imagined musings of Lorette, a young model who appears in over 50 of Matisse’s paintings, but is forgotten by history. This short performance piece looks at the way Western art frames women and classifies them as muse, inspiration, model, supporter, or lover. Where are our female artists?
3–4 pm Pasion y Arte flamenco performance
Based in Philadelphia, the all-female flamenco company led by Artistic Director Elba Hevia y Vaca, treasures the traditions of classical flamenco while expanding the art form in modern and relevant ways. Pasion y Arte’s innovative work pushes the boundaries of a highly structural, traditional art form while embracing the tension that this creates, harnessing the flamenco language to unleash feminist truths.