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 Sunday: Philly-made
Sunday, September 6
1–4 pm

Hands-on ArtSee Activities

1–4 pm
It’s fall and thoughts turn to work. Yard work, schoolwork, and chores of all sorts. Get your artwork going in full force by making an imaginative set of tools, a box, and a bag.

Mural-drawing workshop with Mural Arts Program

1–4 pm
Artist Ben Volta of the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program hosts a mural-drawing workshop. Learn to grid a small picture for a large-scale mural.

2:20–3:15 pm Performance by singer-songwriter Griz
Griz is singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Grunwald, a maverick on the Philadelphia music scene. Loosely described as an American folk artist, Griz will share some of his favorite standards.


3:30–4:30 pm Panel discussion–Philadelphia Makers: Unique Journeys                                                            
This panel showcases a range of Philly originals, whose talent and innovation are based in this region. Philadelphia is the original “City of Makers,” whose industrial past is inspiring a generation of young, enterprising individuals to carve out their own space and create their own products. 


Panel moderated by Aubrey Nagle of Philly Voice
Aubrey Nagle is a recent graduate of Drexel University. As event listings producer for, Nagle shares the area’s most exciting events with her readers. She is also a staff writer at, and has written for the Toast,,, and



Jason Cox, MilkCrate
Coffee. Records. Hi-fi, wi-fi

Brandon Davis, American Dreaming Magazine
American Dreaming features the stories of young entrepreneurs, told through compelling photography, smart journalism, and unparalleled design. The magazine cultivates the next crop of cultural leaders in art, business, design, fashion, health, music, sports, and technology.

Margaux Kent, Peg and Awl  
Our work is made from old things: treasures found and recovered from neglect; relics of the unusual, the confused and the macabre; cut and pulled and built into wearable curiosities, inscribable keepsakes and usable, long-lasting treasures.

Ashley Peel Pinkham, Philadelphia Independents
Philadelphia Independents is an Old City gift store featuring handmade items from the best talents in the city, including accessories, ceramics, handbags, and jewelry.


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!