Private Tours


Experience drama, beauty, mystery, romance and adventure on a guided group tour of PAFA. Knowledgeable and personable guides reveal the fascinating stories behind four centuries of American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.

For more information or to schedule, email or call (215) 391-4132.

Tour Levels

Private Docent Tour - Small Group (Maximum 10)
Permanent Collection: $25.00 per person
10% Discount at Portfolio and Tableau Café

Private Docent Tour - Large Group (Minimum 10)
Permanent Collection: $15.00 per person
10% Discount at Portfolio and Café

Special Exhibition Tour - Chuck Close Photographs
Small Group - $25 per person
Large Group - $15 per person
10% Discount at Portfolio and Café

Artist's Tour
Private Tour of School Shops/Library/Archives/Works on Paper/possibly by student or member of Faculty
$75.00 per person
10% Discount at Portfolio and Café

The Master's Guided Tour
Private Tour on days the museum is closed. 
$150.00 per person
10% Discount at Portfolio and Café

VIP Customized Tour
Behind the Scenes: May include Archives/Cast Hall led by Curator, Museum Director or notable scholar
$300.00 per person
10% Discount at Portfolio and Café

Catered Lunches

Tableau, PAFA’s full service café run by STARR Events, serves fresh baked goods, hot and cold beverages, soups, salads, sandwiches and snacks. Mention interest in the comment section of your Registration Form and a PAFA representative will talk to you about all your options. 


The total amount is due on the day of the tour at the PAFA front desk.

Please make checks payable to Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. We also accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Send checks to: 

Visitor Experience Department
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

University Membership

PAFA’s University Membership Program offers full-time university level students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to visit PAFA free of charge. Faculty of participating institutions may schedule organized tours of our Permanent Collection and Special Exhibits free of charge. Tours must be prearranged through the Visitor Experience Department.

Students from the following colleges and universities receive free admission with a valid student ID:

  • Arcadia University
  • Art Institute of Philadelphia
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Delaware University
  • Immaculata University
  • Hussian School of Art
  • LaSalle University
  • Moore College of Art and Design
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University
  • St. Joseph's University
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • The University of Pennsylvania
  • University of the Arts
  • Villanova University