Philadelphia Museum of Art

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States

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.

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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.

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Additional Information

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 class

    K–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 Art

    Unguided 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
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Admisson and Location Hours

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

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