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The Barnes Arboretum

Saturday, July 2 – Tuesday, April 30

Monument Lab

Wednesday, August 2 – Sunday, September 3
Monument Lab is at the Barnes. Visit their field research office to learn about the project and submit your own ideas for a monument that reflects today’s Philadelphia.
Free / Nightlife / Music / Performance

Resounding Voices Choral Series: Celebrate!

Sunday, August 27, 3 – 4:15pm
The St. Thomas Gospel Choir takes a musical journey through African American music, from spirituals to gospel and a little Motown.
Nightlife / Film

Film Series: Moonrise Kingdom

Monday, August 28, 7 – 8:45pm
In this Wes Anderson romp set in 1965, two 12-year-olds make a pact to run away into the wilderness, escaping the tyranny of parents and summer camp.

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: Modigliani and Soutine

Thursday, August 31, 2 – 3pm
Modigliani and Soutine became friends while living in Montparnasse, the Parisian artistic and intellectual hub of the 1920s and '30s.
Nightlife / Music / Performance

First Friday! The Jōst Project

Friday, September 1, 6 – 9pm
This jazz collective reimagines standards from the Great American Songbook.
Free / Family / Music / Performance

Free First Sunday: Jazz Ahead!

Sunday, September 3, 10am – 5pm
The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble brings a taste of the upcoming Philadelphia United Jazz Festival as they perform high-energy jazz fused with Afrocentric flavor.
Free / Family

ArtSee Activities: At Work

Sunday, September 3, 1 – 4pm
Get your artwork going full force with inventive toolbox and bag projects.
Nightlife / Film

Film Series: La Haine

Monday, September 4, 7:30 – 9:15pm
This French film follows the lives of three young men from immigrant families in the aftermath of a riot.

Horticulture Certificate Program

Wednesday, September 6 – Monday, May 7
Our three-year certificate program covers horticultural science, methods, and design.
Nightlife / Talks

Domenic Vitiello: The Sanctuary City

Thursday, September 7, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Domenic Vitiello, associate professor of urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses the sanctuary movements of the 1980s and today.
Free / Family / Nightlife

Parkway 100 "We Are Connected" Festival

Friday, September 8, 4 – 10pm
For the kick-off celebration of the Parkway's centennial, the Barnes is open late, with pay-what-you-wish admission.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Sculpture from the Inside Out: The Techniques of Sculpture

Saturdays, September 9 – September 30, 11am – 1pm
Explore the rich variety of sculpture and learn the technique behind its construction.
Art in Context

Native North American Art

Mondays, September 11 – October 9, 6 – 8pm
In the early 20th century, southwestern Native American art held a special attraction for American collectors, including Dr. Albert Barnes.
Art in Context

Women Artists through the Lens of History

Tuesdays, September 12 – December 19, 11am – 1pm
Why are women artists underrepresented in museum collections? Learn how the socioeconomic conditions of the times suppressed the creativity of talented women.
Art in Context

Les Artistes et leurs musées sur la Côte d’Azur*

Tuesdays, September 12 – October 10, 11am – 1pm
Ce cours examine la vie et le travail des grands artistes du XXe siècle—Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir—dont les noms sont associés à l'art du Riviera. *Taught in French.
The Barnes Method

The Traditions of Art

Tuesdays, September 12 – December 19, 12 – 3pm
Focusing on developments in Western European art, this class looks at the evolution of modern art in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Barnes Method

Learning to See

Tuesdays, September 12 – October 24, 2 – 4pm
In a contemporary art world filled with conceptual art and installations, why do paintings continue to hold our interest?
The Barnes Method

Collections Concentration: American Art in the Barnes Foundation

Tuesdays, September 12 – December 19, 6 – 9pm
Study the many manifestations of American arts at the Barnes and come to a broader understanding of what is “American” about American art.
Art in Context

Matisse: In Color and Light

Tuesdays, September 12 – December 19, 6 – 9pm
This class studies Matisse’s extraordinary life, which followed a trajectory from darkness into light and color.

Floral Design

Thursdays, September 14 – September 28, 10am – 12:30pm
Learn how to create a seasonal centerpiece, floral jewelry, hand-tied bouquets, and small wearable floral accents
Free / Family

ARTime Storytime: Which Way?

Thursday, September 14, 10:30am – noon
What do we see in the signs all around us every day? Find out, and make your own traffic sign.

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: The Prendergast Brothers

Thursday, September 14, 2 – 3pm
The paintings of Maurice and Charles Prendergast were influenced by both post-impressionism and folk art, two of Dr. Barnes’s greatest areas of interest.
Free / Nightlife / Social


Thursday, September 14, 5 – 8pm
Come for the unveiling of Indego's new wraps—based on Barnes paintings—and stay for the party and free access to Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders.
Family / Music

Twilight in the Arboretum

Thursday, September 14, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Bring a picnic, stroll the grounds after hours, and experience the sights, scents, and sounds of twilight at the Barnes Arboretum.
Nightlife / Music

Artist Bash: Drivers of Social Change

Friday, September 15, 8 – 11pm
This salon-style event brings together musicians, comedians, and poets harnessing art's power to drive social justice and transformation.

In Focus: Matisse’s The Music Lesson

Monday, September 18, 2 – 3pm
Galina Olmsted, PhD candidate in art history at the University of Delaware, will lead an in-depth talk about Matisse’s The Music Lesson​.​

Opera Philadelphia Dinner

Monday, September 18 – Monday, September 25
Join us for an early dinner before enjoying Opera Philadelphia’s performance of The Wake World.​​​​
Art in Context

Abstract Expressionism

Mondays, September 18 – October 16, 6 – 8pm
This four-session class surveys important artists and works from this movement.
Nightlife / Music / Performance

Opera Philadelphia: The Wake World

Monday, September 18 – Monday, September 25
In a one-act opera inspired by Aleister Crowley’s ecstatic fairy tale "The Wake World," visitors will experience the Barnes collection like never before.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

The Foundations of Drawing

Tuesdays, September 19 – October 17, 6 – 8pm
Examine the styles, history, and practice of drawing used by artists represented in the collection.

Meet Your Masterpiece Tour: Cézanne

Friday, September 22, 2 – 3pm
Examine Cézanne’s influential painting style as it manifests in landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes throughout the Barnes collection.

Parkway Plantings

Monday, September 25, 11am – noon
Tour the Parkway grounds and experience the exciting seasonal changes taking place among the flora at the Barnes.
The Barnes Method

Decoding Barnes’s Ensembles

Mondays, September 25 – December 18, 6 – 8pm
Learn to better understand Dr. Barnes’s unusual wall groupings, known as “ensembles.”
Music / Performance

Barnes Ensemble Festival

Saturday, September 30 – Sunday, October 8
Young musicians from around the world will gather in Philadelphia to play at the Barnes Ensemble's premiere festival.

Parkway Sculpture Walking Tour

Saturday, September 30, 9:45am – noon
This guided discussion of sculpture along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway examines two modes of public art: the memorial and the pure artwork.
Free / Family / Performance / 5th Anniversary

Free First Sunday: Celebrate!

Sunday, October 1, 10am – 5pm
Performers include the Cambodian Association, Olive Dance Theatre, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, The Renegade Company, and Sister Cities Girlchoir.
Talks / 5th Anniversary

Parkway Centennial Lecture: Architecture—Honoring a Legacy

Monday, October 2, 6:30 – 8pm
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the architects of the Barnes, talk about preserving an individual's legacy through architecture.
Talks / 5th Anniversary

Students and Alumni of the Barnes Foundation: Lecture and Brunch

Tuesday, October 3, 9:30am – noon
Talks by associate curator Cindy Kang and award-winning landscape designer W. Gary Smith will be followed by a festive brunch.
Free / 5th Anniversary

Education Open House

Tuesday, October 3, 4 – 7pm
Explore the Barnes collection, and sample mini-classes in art and horticulture taught by our faculty.
Free / Music / Performance / 5th Anniversary

Open Rehearsal with the Barnes Ensemble

Wednesday, October 4, 10am – noon
Sit in on a rehearsal of the Barnes Ensemble, a cutting-edge contemporary music collective debuting at the Barnes on October 8.
Free / 5th Anniversary

College and University Faculty Night

Wednesday, October 4, 5 – 8pm
College and university faculty from all disciplines are invited to enjoy free, private access to the collection.
Free / Music / 5th Anniversary

Central High School Alumni Morning

Thursday, October 5, 10am – noon
In celebration of Albert Barnes’s alma mater, Central High School alumni are invited for a morning of collection tours and music.
Free / 5th Anniversary

Pre-K–12 Educator Night

Thursday, October 5, 5 – 7pm
For teachers and museum educators, West Chester University professor Dr. Eleanor Brown will discuss her new research on the links between art-making and physiology.
Free / Members / 5th Anniversary

Member Appreciation Day

Friday, October 6, 10am – 5pm
Members can take Meet Your Masterpiece tours, go behind the scenes in the archives, and enjoy the collection their generosity supports.
Nightlife / Music / Performance / 5th Anniversary

First Friday! Elio and Pablo

Friday, October 6, 6 – 9pm
Featuring Elio Villafranca and Pablo Batista, tonight’s performance fuses traditional and contemporary Cuban music.
Free / 5th Anniversary

Plein Air Day at the Barnes

Saturday, October 7, 10am – 3pm
Plein air painters are invited to sketch and paint at the Barnes, drawing inspiration from both the Philadelphia and Merion campuses.
Nightlife / Music / Performance / 5th Anniversary

Barnes Ensemble Debut

Sunday, October 8, 7 – 10pm
Witness history in the making at the debut of the Barnes Ensemble.
Nightlife / Performance / 5th Anniversary

5th Anniversary Gala

Thursday, October 12, 6:30 – 11pm
At our benefit gala, we pay tribute to our founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes and the visionaries who paved the way for our expansion to the Parkway. Sold Out
Nightlife / Music / 5th Anniversary

5th Anniversary Celebration - Fête the Fifth

Friday, October 13, 7 – 10pm
Join us as we celebrate our 5th anniversary on the Parkway and share our excitement over plans for the Barnes’s second century.
Free / Nightlife / Music / 5th Anniversary

College Night: Party at the Barnes!

Thursday, October 19, 6 – 9pm
We’re turning it up for our third annual college night in partnership with Campus Philly.
Members / Nightlife / Music / 5th Anniversary

Young Professionals Night

Friday, October 20, 7 – 10pm
A night of fun, fashion, art, and music for young professionals and Contemporaries members.
Art in Context

Early 20th-Century Art and Music

Mondays, October 23 – November 13, 6 – 8pm
Taught by an art historian and two classically trained musicians, this course analyzes the relationships between early modern painting and music.
Film / 5th Anniversary

Film Series: The Philadelphia Story

Monday, October 23, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn star in George Cukor’s classic comedy about a Philadelphia socialite and her romantic misadventures.
Understanding Materials and Techniques

Making Visible: The Color of the Creative Act

Tuesdays, October 24 – November 14, 11am – 1pm
Analyze the key steps that impact and shape both the starting point and, ultimately, the end result of the creation of a work of art.
The Barnes Method

The Art of Paul Cézanne

Tuesdays, October 31 – December 5, 2 – 4pm
What was it about Cézanne’s painting that inspired generations of artists?
Art in Context

Impressionism at the Barnes

Mondays, November 20 – December 11, 6 – 8pm
This course will survey the movement’s stylistic innovations and major proponents through the unparalleled lens of Dr. Barnes's collection.
Art in Context

Kiefer in Context

Mondays, November 20 – December 11, 6 – 8pm
Animated by pieces in the Kiefer Rodin exhibition, this seminar will equip participants to engage Kiefer’s work in all its complexity.
Art in Context

The Art of Sculpture

Tuesdays, November 21 – December 12, 2 – 4pm
Through the Kiefer Rodin exhibition, which presents one artistic titan’s homage to an earlier one, we explore an art form that appears throughout the Barnes collection.

Introduction to Plant Taxonomy

Thursdays, November 30 – December 14, 10am – 12pm
This short course is ideal for hobby gardeners as well as for students interested in the relationships between plants and their names.

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 2, 9am – 4pm
This class offers simple techniques to transform a selection of fresh-cut evergreens, pods, cones, and berries into a festive wreath.