Philadelphia Museum of Art

Each year, approximately 75,000 students participate in Philadelphia Museum of Art programs meant to enliven their understanding of and responses to works of art. The goal of the Museum is to guide students toward a deeper and richer interpretation of the visual arts, by fostering their critical thinking and viewing skills, and by helping them to see how works of art relate to both their school curriculum and their life experiences.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia, PA 19130

P. (215) 763-8100 (General)

P. (215) 684-7333 (Education)

W. Philadelphia Museum of Art

E. Philadelphia Museum of Art

Hours

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Main Building

Mondays: Closed *

Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Friday evenings: 10:00 a.m.–8:45 p.m.**

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Perelman Building

Mondays: Closed *

Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Friday evenings: Closed

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Rodin Museum

The Rodin Museum is currently closed for interior renovation and conservation of the collection and will re-open to the public on Friday, July 13, 2012. The garden remains open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information visit http://www.rodinmuseum.org

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the 4th of July.

*The Main Building and Perelman Building will be open with normal hours on:

  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day

Admission

    • Adults: $16
    • Seniors (65 & over): $14
    • Students (with valid ID): $12
    • Youth (13–18): $12
    • Children (12 & under): Free
    • Members (Join): Free
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School Group Trips and Programs

School Group Programs

The Division of Education of the Philadelphia Museum of Art relates, through interpretation, the Museum’s collections and its commitment to their preservation, study and display, to the needs and interests of a diverse audience. The department has developed nationally and internationally recognized programs for children, families, teachers, adult learners, and special audiences alike.

Each year, approximately 75,000 students participate in Philadelphia Museum of Art programs meant to enliven their understanding of and responses to works of art. The goal of the Museum is to guide students toward a deeper and richer interpretation of the visual arts, by fostering their critical thinking and viewing skills, and by helping them to see how works of art relate to both their school curriculum and their life experiences.

Registration begins in September of each year. Register early as programs fill quickly; a minimum of two weeks notice is required when making your appointment. Appointments may be made by phone at 215-684-7580 Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Arranging Your Visit  ●  Before, During & After Activities  ●  Online Visit Request

Tours & Programs

Learn the about the many ways to connect art and the classroom with a variety of workshops, programs, and resources designed especially for teachers.

Tours of Exhibitions

School tours of select exhibitions at the Museum allow students a unique opportunity to experience works of art only on view for a limited time.

Distance Learning

Before, after, or even instead of a Museum tour, visit us from your classroom! Our award-winning Distance Learning virtual fieldtrips provide meaningful, interactive learning experiences, ideal for the 21st-century classroom. Using videoconferencing technology, we bring the Museum to you as a stand-alone lesson or in conjunction with a Museum visit. Our lessons are designed to fit seamlessly into almost any area of classroom curricula.

Wachovia Education Resource Center

Equipped as a high-tech research site and resource lending library, this center will house materials to help make cross-curricular connections: from online research sites, art-reference texts, and exhibition catalogs to teaching materials prepared by the Museum’s Education staff.

Distance Learning

Before, after, or even instead of a Museum tour, visit us from your classroom! Our award-winning Distance Learning virtual lessons provide engaging, highly interactive learning experiences, ideal for the 21st-century classroom. Using videoconferencing technology, we bring the Museum to you as a stand-alone lesson or in conjunction with an on-site Museum visit. Our lessons are designed to fit seamlessly into almost any area of classroom curricula and all lessons are aligned with Pennsylvania and Common Core state standards.

Correlations between Museum lessons and Academic Standards: Pennsylvania State Standards | NJ State Standards | Common Core State Standards

For more information, please contact Distance Learning by phone at (215) 684-7333, by fax at (215) 236-4063, or by e-mail at distancelearning@philamuseum.org.

Planning Your School Field Trip

Registration begins in September of each year. Register early as programs fill quickly; a minimum minimum of two weeks notice is required when making your appointment. Appointments may be made by phone at (215) 684-7333 Tuesday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–4:30 p.m. or send your visit request online.

Please have the following information available when you call:

  • complete address and phone number of your school
  • school calendar (including testing dates, etc.)
  • lesson topic
  • several potential dates
  • lunch plans for your group

Please note: The maximum number of students permitted from one school on any day is 90.

Student Admission Fees (due upon arrival)

  • Philadelphia Museum of ArtPreschool program: $75 per classK–12 programs: $5 per student for Philadelphia public*, private, and parochial schools;$7 per student for all other schools
  • Rodin MuseumGuided tours: same as rates for Philadelphia Museum of ArtUnguided tours: $5 per person

All required chaperon’s are admitted free.

  • Preschool: 1 adult per 3 students
  • Grades K–6: 1 adult per 5 students
  • Grades 7–12: 1 adult per 10 students

Summer Camp and Scout Programs

Summer Camp &Scout Group Programs

The Division of Education of the Philadelphia Museum of Art relates, through interpretation, the Museum’s collections and its commitment to their preservation, study and display, to the needs and interests of a diverse audience. The department has developed nationally and internationally recognized programs for children, families, teachers, adult learners, and special audiences alike.

Each year, approximately 75,000 students participate in Philadelphia Museum of Art programs meant to enliven their understanding of and responses to works of art. The goal of the Museum is to guide students toward a deeper and richer interpretation of the visual arts, by fostering their critical thinking and viewing skills, and by helping them to see how works of art relate to both their school curriculum and their life experiences.

Registration begins in September of each year. Register early as programs fill quickly; a minimum of two weeks notice is required when making your appointment. Appointments may be made by phone at 215-684-7580 Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Arranging Your Visit  ●  Before, During & After Activities  ●  Online Visit Request

Tours & Programs

Learn the about the many ways to connect art and the classroom with a variety of workshops, programs, and resources designed especially for teachers.

Tours of Exhibitions

Group tours of select exhibitions at the Museum allow students a unique opportunity to experience works of art only on view for a limited time.

Wachovia Education Resource Center

Equipped as a high-tech research site and resource lending library, this center will house materials to help make cross-curricular connections: from online research sites, art-reference texts, and exhibition catalogs to teaching materials prepared by the Museum’s Education staff.

Family Trips and Programs

Family & Children’s Programs

Let your creativity soar at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Explore a wide range of interactive programs designed for families with children ages 3–12. From large scale Special Family Events to intimate gallery tours, families can discover the world of art together.

Family Programs

The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers plenty of Family Programs that allow children and parents to learn, create, and most important, have fun together. All programs and events are free. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Services Desk.

Family Celebrations

Family Celebrations showcase local and nationally recognized performance groups for an experience that combines the magic of the visual and performing arts. The Balcony Studio features art projects inspired by artwork in the Museum’s collections.

Children’s Art Classes

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. Children in Ages 3-4 and Ages 3-5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class.

The winter session of art classes begin the week of January 21, 2014. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks for the Winter semester beginning December 10th at 10:00 a.m. To register by phone, call (215) 235-SHOW (7469). A nonrefundable service charge for each space reserved is added to all phone orders (member $2.50, nonmember $3.50). There is no service charge for reservations made at the Museum.

Tuition assistance is available upon request.

Self-Guided Family Tours

Audio Guides for Children Art comes to life with the American Art Kids Tour and the Arms and Armor Tour, interactive audio guides written especially for children ages 6–10. To learn more, inquire at the Visitor Services Desks located in the East and West entrances.

Self-Guided Family Tours Explore the Museum at your own pace with a free, printed family guide that includes information about selected works of art and artists as well as looking questions and fun activities.

Make Art At Home activities invite families to extend their Museum visit by having engaging, creative time together at home. Children can learn about masterpieces from the Museum’s vast collections and then create their own work of art in response.

For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at (215) 684-7580, by fax at (215) 236-4063, or by e-mail at educate@philamuseum.org.

Educator and Student Programs

Teacher Programs

Whether in the galleries or in the classroom, the Museum offers a variety of programs, workshops, resources, and classes for teachers of all subjects and grade levels.

To register for Teacher Workshops and VAST, call the Museum’s Ticket Center at (215) 235-SHOW (7469) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or stop by any Visitor Services Desk during Museum hours, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. There is a service charge of $3.00 ($2.50 for Museum members). There is no service charge for tickets purchased at the Museum.

Teacher Workshops

The Museum is dedicated to creative learning for teachers as well as students. Art ignites curiosity, fosters critical-thinking skills, and presents challenging, interdisciplinary, and engaging learning environments. In an effort to support arts integration in all classrooms, the Museum offers a wide variety of teacher resources and professional development experiences for educators of all subject areas. The Museum is an approved Art 48/continuing professional development provider for both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Check each workshop description to see how many credit hours are available. Reservations must be made in advance for all workshops.

VAST – Visual Arts as Sources for Teaching

Each summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Education department offers K–12 teachers of all subject areas the chance to immerse themselves in the Museum’s collections and explore the special nature of art and its use as a classroom resource.

VAST is generously supported by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation.

In-Service Workshops

We can arrange in-service workshops at the Museum or at your school for you and your colleagues. Request a customized workshop to cover a specific topic that fits your particular needs, or schedule a workshop that demonstrates how ourteaching poster sets can enrich your language arts and math curricula. Schools opting for a teaching poster workshop receive one set for their school.

Cost: At the Museum $300 for a 2-hour workshop for up to 15 teachers At Your School Within 25 miles: $350 for 2 hours $450 for 3 hours for up to 30 teachers Within 50 miles: $400 for 2 hours $500 for 3 hours for up to 20 teachers Within 100 miles: $550 for 2 hours $650 for 3 hours for up to 30 teachers

For more information, please contact Education: School & Teacher Programs by phone at (215) 684-7580, by fax at (215) 236-4063, or by e-mail at educate@philamuseum.org.

Museum Studies Internship Program

The Museum Studies Internship Program is an unpaid volunteer internship opportunity that exposes interns to the inner workings of a major metropolitan museum, promoting an awareness of careers in the field through experiences not available in most academic settings. The Museum selects a diverse group of talented undergraduate and graduate students from a highly competitive, international pool of candidates.

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  • missylucy321

    While I am not the best artist in the world, I can get taken in by its history. I do not live in PA but I spent time there because of camp or family trips. I always remembered the time I spent here.

    • jake

      oh most definitely… this place really broadens your mind when it comes to very old art pieces, i definitely recommend also , i myself am an art major and recieved great inspiration from this museum

  • suoyongwoo

    It is truly one of the most beautifully capturing places I have ever been to. The experiences penetrated through to both the artist in me and beyond, uniting and solidifying them it to some more than I can explain.