THE BARNES FOUNDATION— Established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture,” the Barnes holds a superb collection of Impressionist, post-Impressionist and earlyM-odern paintings, as well extensive collections ranging from African sculpture to antiquities from Europe and Asia. The Barnes’ original home in a nearby suburb is home to the Barnes Arboretum and horticulture program. This month: “Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie,” through May 22. Tickets: $10-25. Open W-M 10 am-5 pm. www.barnesfoundation.org. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.278.7200. Map 1, G3
FABRIC WORKSHOP AND MUSEUM— This nonprofit arts organization is devoted to pushing the frontiers of contemporary art by supporting creation in new materials. Visit the website for full performance schedule. Don’t miss the design-driven gift shop. Free admission. Open M-F 10 am- 6 pm, SaSu noon-5 pm. www.fabricworkshopandmuseum.org. 1214 Arch St., 215.561.8888. Map 1, I4
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART— On the University of Pennsylvania campus, this modern museum features cutting-edge exhibits of contemporary and provocative visual art, plus artist talks, lectures, films and tours. Free. Open W 11 am-8 pm, Th-F 11 am- 6 pm, Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. www.icaphila.org. 118 S. 36th St., 215.898.7108. Map 1, C5
JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM— This independent nonprofit museum features the art and culture of Bucks County, Pa., and is home to the largest publicly held collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. This month: “Polaris: Northern Explorations in Contemporary Art,” through April 23; “Light & Matter: The Photographic Object,” through June 25; “Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography and Sculptural Form,” through July 9. Tickets: $8-18. Open Tu-F 10 am- 4:30 pm, Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www. michenermuseum.org. 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, PA, 215.340.9800.
PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS— This National Historic Landmark houses America’s first art museum and art school, as well as one of the world’s largest collections of American art, including works by Charles Willson Peale, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, and Maxfield Parrish. This month: “Seachange: Contemporary Highlights” and “World War I and American Art,” through April 9; “Annie Minich: Boat Series,” through April 16; “Annie Minich: The Truth of Being Both/And, through May 7; “Paul Chan: Pillowsophia,” through May 28; “Murray Dessner: Illuminations,” April 26-July 23. Tickets: $8-15. Open Tu, Th-F 10 am-5 pm, W 10 am-9 pm, Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. www.pafa.org. 118-128 N. Broad St., 215.972.7600. Map 1, H4
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART— At this sprawling world-famous museum, see major works of fine and decorative art from across the globe, including a number of works by Philadelphia artists. Many visitors arrive just to run up the museum’s front steps à la Rocky Balboa, but additional activities include guided tours, lectures, concerts, films, family programming, and the weekly Friday night “Art After 5” with live music and cocktails. This month: “Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, I through VII,” through April 16; “American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent,” through May 14. Tickets (grants access for two consecutive days to the main building, Perelman Building, the Rodin Museum, and Historic Houses Mt Pleasant and Cedar Grove): $14-20, $18 seniors. Complimentary shuttle available between main building, Perelman buildings, and Rodin Museum. Pay what you wish on first Sunday of month and every Wednesday after 5 pm. Open Tu, Th and Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm; W and F 10 am-8:45 pm. www.philamuseum.org. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215.763.8100. Map 1, E2
RODIN MUSEUM— The largest collection of the sculptor’s work outside Paris. Casts of his most famous works, such as “The Thinker” and “The Gates of Hell,” are nestled into this renovated oasis on the Parkway, with lush gardens and neoclassical Beaux Arts building. Free daily tour W-M at 12:00 pm. Suggested admission: $7-10. $20, grants access for two consecutive days to the main building, Perelman Building, the Rodin Museum, and Historic Houses Mt Pleasant and Cedar Grove. Open W-M 10 am-5 pm. www.rodinmuseum.org. 2151 Ben Franklin Parkway, 215.763.8100. Map 1, F3