Event - 56-Hours of Free Admission to the Barnes!
|Dates||May 26 - 28|
|Address||2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
|Description||The Opening Weekend celebration is inspired by the mix of cultures represented in the Barnes’s collection and the 1920s, the decade when the Foundation began.
Here’s a rundown of the whirlwind of Memorial Day Weekend action at the Barnes:
Saturday, May 26
• 10 a.m.: Screening of The Collector, a documentary narrated by John Lithgow explores the life of Albert C. Barnes.
• 11:30 a.m.: Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra puts the power of the conductor’s baton in your hands with iConduct! Artistic Director Jeri Lynne Johnson leads the ensemble in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Between each movement, audience members have the rare opportunity to step onto the podium for a conducting lesson from Johnson.
• 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.: ArtSee Activities.Craft your own flower inspired by Henri Rousseau’s fantastically fanciful flora. Collage a handy-dandy tote bag with Matisse’s colorful cutouts. Draw a super sensational still-life like Paul Cézanne.
• 4:30 p.m.: 1920s Food Tasting and Demonstration by First and Fresh.
• Midnight–6 a.m.: The Philadelphia Film Society puts on a Midnight Film Series.
Sunday, May 27
• 7 a.m.: Sunrise Meditative Yoga Class. Mats provided for the first 20 participants.
• 5:30 p.m.: Horticulture Walking Tour. Barnes horticulture staff or instructors point out plants of interest and explain how the arboretum in Merion influenced the planting structure and design of the landscape at the Philadelphia campus.
• 8–9:30 p.m.: Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra. The orchestra unifies four percussion batteries into one distinct voice: north Indian tabla, Afro Cuban bata, Brazilian samba and West African djembe.
• 9 p.m.: Desserts of the 1920s tasting.
Monday, May 28
• 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.: La Colombe coffee tastings.
• 2:30 p.m.: Book Signing. Buy a copy of your own spectacular, portable version of the Barnes collection and have it signed by Barnes Chief Curator Judith Dolkart, one of the book’s authors.
• 3 p.m.: The Peter Tang Chinese Ensemble, led by Wu Peter Tang, former erhu (Chinese violin) soloist of Beijing Central Government’s Singing and Dancing Ensemble, plays traditional and contemporary Chinese music arts traditional instruments.
May 26-28, 24 hours a day; last activity is 5:45 p.m. on Monday, May 28