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PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: More Than Meets the Eye

Free / Family / Music / Social / Performance

Sunday, March 3, 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 new photography exhibition plus all our family activities and entertainment.

This month marks our fourth Art of Math Challenge—join us in celebrating student projects that deconstruct and reconstruct masterworks in the collection. Plus, play detective and use your best observational skills to solve a math mystery in the galleries. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to art in our everyday lives!

What's On

10am – 4pm Art Making

Explore the art of printmaking and create multiples of your own design. Get ready for March winds with colorful kites and wind socks.

Activities change throughout the day. 


10am – 4pm Game: Math Mystery in the Galleries

Use a list of clues to crack the code hidden in the Barnes collection!

10:30am, 11:15am Storytime

Philly’s Baby WordPlay returns to share playful stories and lead us all in song and movement!


Noon – 2pm Open Studio: Eric Goldberg

Visit the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes to see a printing demonstration by Let’s Connect artist-in-residence Eric Goldberg. Then, head inside to the collection to see some of the lithograph prints Dr. Barnes purchased in 1912.

Deep in the Valley, a print by Eric Goldberg

Noon – 3pm Competition: The Art of Math Challenge

Join us in celebrating creativity and learning! For the 2019 Art of Math Challenge, groups of K–12 students from Philadelphia and the surrounding area used math strategies and creative thinking to build 3-D scale models of Barnes paintings. A pop-up exhibit of art produced for the competition is on display today.


1 – 3pm Interactive Experiment: Art of Math

Join Philly-based artist Benjamin Volta in an experiment that will push the boundaries of math and science!

3 – 4:15pm Conversation: Colette Fu on Artist Residencies

Pop-up book artist Colette Fu has attended fully funded artist residencies around the world. Today she will talk about her experiences and adventures and share how to find and apply for similar residencies. Come join in the discussion!

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: