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 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
July 5

1–4 pm ArtSee Activities: Play Days
Summer screams playtime! Just in time for his birthday, we look to Giorgio de Chirico’s swimming swan and other playful patterns to make an array of spirited works of art.            

2–4 pm ARTime Storytime
Arty books and stories about design and nature for children of all ages.

1:30–2 pm Performance by Eli August       
Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings are a chamber folk ensemble hailing from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York. The band’s music leans heavily on August's lyricism and the talents of an ever-changing collective of musicians, performing songs about the human experience and the natural world.

2–2:20 pm Talk – Horace Pippin: The Way I See It
Join Audrey Lewis, the curator of the Brandywine River Museum’s Horace Pippin: The Way I See It, for talk about Pippin’s legacy.

2:20–2:50 pm Performance by the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus
Since 1981 the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus has entertained audiences, supported communities, and fostered acceptance through exceptional music.

2:50–3:10 pm Performance by the Renegade Company: Cognition Condenser
The Renegade Company celebrates, challenges, and deconstructs quintessential works of art and creates original theatrical pieces that repurpose those works. Guest director Ross Beschler created this piece in response to metalwork in the Barnes collection. The dynamic utility and violence of the Barnes metalwork explodes in language, sound, and movement as the Renegade Company explores the secret dance of trivets, latches, hinges, and andirons in the ensembles that link paintings. Performed by Dan Higbee and Colleen Corcoran. Sound by Adam Vidiksis.

3:15–3:45pm Performance by Eli August

4–5 pm Talk – The Intersection of Design and Film: BlackStar Film Festival
Join graphic designer Andrea Pippins and filmmaker, curator, and scholar Shantrelle P. Lewis for this unique conversation about the BlackStar Film Festival, a celebration of cinema by and about people of African descent, taking place July 30–August 2 in Philadelphia.

Andrea Pippins is a graphic designer and educator who first harnessed her artistic talent while earning a BFA in graphic design; she also has a MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Pippins has been the graphic designer for the BlackStar Film Festival since 2013 and she teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Shantrelle P. Lewis is a curator who researches Diasporic aesthetics, spirituality, and the survival and evolution of African cultural retentions. She was the 2014 United Nations Programme for People of African Descent fellow and the 2012–13 Andy Warhol Foundation curatorial fellow. Lewis’s traveling exhibition Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity—currently at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago—examines global black dandyism through photography and film.