The Barnes Foundation Announces Free Weekday Admission for Students


Thom Collins, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, today announced that the Barnes will offer free general admission on weekdays to all college, university and graduate students. Additionally, the Barnes will provide K-12 educators working within the School District of Philadelphia, and in Philadelphia’s parochial schools, with free general admission on Sundays. This expanded access is made possible by a $1 Million Match Opportunity, provided by an anonymous donor, which matches funds raised through increases in annual memberships and new memberships to the Barnes.

“Providing expanded access to the Barnes Foundation for all visitors – especially students – is one of our top priorities,” said Thom Collins, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation. “We look forward to welcoming more students from the Greater Philadelphia area, across the United States, and around the world, and helping them cultivate a deeper engagement with the Barnes and its world-class collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early Modern art.”

This free admission will kick off on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Open Arts College Night at the Barnes Foundation. Open Arts College Night, presented in partnership with Campus Philly, is a free evening event for college, university and graduate students featuring live music and performances by students from local schools, refreshments, and access to the Barnes collection and exhibitions.

The free tickets can be redeemed onsite only, by presenting valid, school-issued ID. One ticket will be issued per college, university or graduate student, or K-12 educator working within the School District of Philadelphia or in Philadelphia’s parochial schools.