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PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Summer Fun!

Free / Family / Film / Music / Social / Performance

Sunday, August 4, 10am – 5pm


Free, with priority access for families with children under 18. Tickets are available on-site starting at 10am.

About the Event

It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means free admission at the Barnes! Visitors have access to the collection and special exhibition, plus all our family activities and entertainment.

What’s On

10am – 4pm

Art Making

The Barnes is going to summer camp! Join us for arts and crafts and games led by our camp counselors—aka our amazing summer interns. Experiment with tie-dye techniques, make potholders and clay pinch pots, and more.

Activities change throughout the day.

10:30am, 11:15am


Go on a summer adventure with stories that transport you to faraway places.

12 – 1:30pm

Film Screening: Bill Viola

As part of this summer’s special exhibition on Bill Viola, catch a free screening of the artist’s 1986 feature-length work I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like in the Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium.

12 – 2pm

Open Studio: Leroy Johnson

Drop by the Mural Arts Studio to meet mixed-media artist Leroy Johnson and learn more about his work. Leroy was selected for residency at the Barnes as a part of our Let’s Connect project.

Johnson’s Barnes-inspired artwork.

1 – 4pm

Music: Mallet Percussion

Mallet instruments have been around for thousands of years, with some of the earliest examples made of wood and stone. Hear vibraphones, marimbas, and other mallet instruments played by expert musicians, and learn more about their origins.

This program is part of the Steve Weiss Mallet Festival.

1 – 4pm

Interactive Art: Renegade Company

The Renegade Company returns to the Barnes with a new interactive art project, combining storytelling and weaving. You’re invited to help create a woven version of Matisse’s The Joy of Life. Hear folk stories about the art as you work.

Come back in September and October to see the progress, and celebrate the finished piece November 3 with a joyful dance performance that brings the art to life.

Henri Matisse. The Joy of Life (Le Bonheur de vivre), between October 1905 and March 1906. BF719. © 2019 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society, New York

Getting Tickets

Free tickets are available on-site at 10am, include collection access, and are limited to four per person. Families with children under 18 get priority access to the collection at the time of arrival. Tickets go fast, but you don’t need one to enjoy our other activities and performances. Just drop by anytime during the day!

Did you know? ACCESS cardholders get in free every day.


Free First Sunday Family Days are generously presented by: