Pay What You Wish at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pay What You Wish at Philadelphia Museum of Art
July 3rd, 2022 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Pay What You Wish Family Festivals on Sunday, July 3and August 7, will be large scale celebrations. They will feature performances, community partners, and art making throughout the building. The July 3 festival will celebrate Roberto Lugo’s vase, It’s All About the Benjamins and will feature locally-based artist Jihan Thomas; demonstrations from the Clay Studio; a hip hop dance performance, and more!

A legacy of our nation’s Centennial Exhibition of 1876, the museum opened its doors to the public on May 10, 1877, in what we now call Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park and moved to the top of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 1928. Today, it is among our country’s largest art museums, with collections representing human creative achievement across two millennia.

More than 240,000 works of art—from Asia, the Americas, Europe, and including global contemporary practice—provide a cultural resource for our communities and schools while drawing visitors from around the world. The early American galleries offer a rich and inclusive story of struggle and freedom, highlighting the Lenape tribes that lived on this land and greeted William Penn when he arrived, the achievements of the largest African American freed community in the United States, the establishment of the country’s first capital—Philadelphia–the American Revolution that was touched off here, and more.

The recent completion of architect Frank Gehry’s Core Project, greatly expanding the interior public space, enables the museum to extend its civic engagement, provide an engaging destination for families, and generate programs and exhibitions that further the reach and meaning of art in our lives. Through August 28, this summer’s Art Kids program invites families to engage in creative play together and to enjoy a range of art-focused activities and discoveries throughout our more than 200 galleries.

Among the exhibitions currently on view: Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas (through July 31); Elegy: Lament in the 20th Century (through July 24); Waiting for Tear Gas (through July 17); and Pictures in Pictures (through July 27). Visitors enjoy Pay-What-You-Wish admission on Friday evenings and first Sundays; the museum always offers free admission to children and teens 18 years of age and younger. For more information, visit

About Art Kids Summer 2022

 “Every kid is an art kid!”

 Art Kids summer programming kicks off June 24 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, offering families unique hands-on activities in a comfortable, playful, and imaginative setting through August 28. Enjoy art making in the Art Kids Studio, pop-up tours throughout the day, quiet mornings for sensory-friendly activities, and art activities on Friday Nights.

Under the arches of the South Vaulted Walkway, the Art Kids Studio will be open Thursday-Sunday, 10:00 am – 3:00pm. Families will see the treasures of the collection through a new lens. Studio projects and gallery tours will present an opportunity to “Seize the Clay” (June 24 – July 10) and create vessels inspired by Philadelphia potter Roberto Lugo who puts his own spin on classic forms. “My Favorite Things” (July 15 – August 7) will look at how artists set up still lifes to tell stories; young artists will select and combine objects and translate their scene through collage. “Walk on the Wild Side” (August 12 – August 28) will capture the lush and colorful side of nature through painting techniques. Every project will use different materials and artist-grade supplies. Summer culminates with a School District of Philadelphia Free Day on Saturday, August 27.

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