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 Hands-on ArtSee activities
With Earth Day coming up, dig right in by creating your own garden bag, fashioning flowers, and painting a gorgeous garden!
2–4 pm ArtSee storytime
2–2:20 pm David Moore, performance
Moore is a composer and pianist who leads the seven-piece ensemble Bing and Ruth. The group's second record, Tomorrow Was the Golden Age, was released in late 2014 to critical acclaim. He has most recently been featured on NPR’s First Listen and BBC’s Radio 6, and was included on Pitchfork's 2014 Albums of the Year list.
2:20–2:35 pm Performance of poetry by students of the Community College of Philadelphia
The Community College of Philadelphia's spoken-word poetry club encourages freedom of expression through word, voice, and movement. The group is active in its community, lending its talents to empower and foster unity.
2:40–3 pm David Moore, performance
See 2 pm performance
3–3:20 pm Talk: Dr. Barnes Brings Order to the Barnes
Join us for a preview talk on The Order of Things—an exhibition opening next month at the Barnes Foundation. The Order of Things presents three large-scale installations by internationally-renowned artists Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, and Fred Wilson. Each of these works, commissioned for the exhibition, is a response to the unconventional way that Albert C. Barnes displayed his own collection. The exhibition also recreates an installation designed by Barnes—a small room in the Merion gallery building that was replaced by an elevator shaft in the 1990s. Talk led by exhibition curator Martha Lucy.
3:30–4:15 pm Performance by Tori Lawrence + Co.
The dance company Tori Lawrence + Co. presents a 45-minute site-specific dance made specifically for the Barnes Foundation, which premiered at the Foundation in 2012. The performance features four dancers, live music by David Moore, and costumes designed by local artist Heyne Bogut. Founded in 2010, Tori Lawrence + Co. creates site-specific dance projects, dance films, and installations that re-envision the possibility of place.