Free First Sundays

Free First Sundays

Free First Sundays presented by PECO

The Barnes offers free admission and programs 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 Free Sundays, 10 am–5 pm; programming 1–4 pm 


Free First Sunday: Collecting Creatively
Sunday, February 7, 1–4 pm

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place in the Annenberg Court.

1–1:30 pm Performance by KIPP's Honor Band
KIPP Philadelphia Schools is honored to present their first ever All-Region Honor Band. The band, comprised of musicians and vocalists from KIPP elementary, middle, and high schools will delight and inspire. Be prepared for the power of music and the strength of the KIPP team.

1–4 pm Hands-on ArtSee Activities: African Art Adventure (Lower Level)
Masks are used for protection, performance, and important celebrations. Get into the spirit of things by creating a face mask, collaging a mask bag, and crafting a beaded braid.

1:35–3 pm Celebration of Black Writing presentation and reading
Join Valerie Gay, executive director of Art Sanctuary, as she unveils the lineup for the May 2016 Celebration of Black Writing (CBW). CBW is one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent festivals spotlighting black literature and visual and performing arts. Founded by Larry Robin of the iconic Robin’s Books, CBW became an Art Sanctuary program in 2001.

After the presentation, join the CBW 2016 lineup for a reading of work by the author who’ll be honored at the CBW award ceremony this May. 


Free First Sundays are generously presented by PECO.


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

Free First Sunday tickets include access to the Collection Gallery, exhibitions, and any programs taking place that day.

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