Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most frequently asked questions.

We're so excited you're planning to visit PAFA! Reserve Tickets after reviewing the information below. 

What are the Museum hours?

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM–5:00 PM

If you have additional questions about how to navigate your visit that are not answered here, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at with specific questions. We'd love to answer them!

Is the museum open on Holidays?

OpenDay after Thanksgiving
New Year's Eve

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
President’s Day
Memorial Day 

Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

Where can I see works from PAFA's permanent collection?

Due to high interests in our permanent collection, it is currently traveling across the country in the exhibition, 'Making American Artists'. Consider following the traveling collection on tour while we await its return in January of 2026.

View Making American Artists' Traveling Exhibition Schedule

120 drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, and digital installations, selected from PAFA’s permanent collection, that reveal how American artists have cultivated discourse, care, critique, and change by way of engagement with nature are currently on view in Artists as Cultivators through July 7. Opening June 27, Layers of Liberty also features works from PAFA's permanent collection. 

Is PAFA Accessible?

Yes! Please learn more about physical access to our buildings on the Accessibility page.

Do I qualify for a discounted admission?

Lifetime Free Admission for PAFA Alumni

PAFA School of Fine Arts alumni enjoy free lifetime admission to the museum.

Free Admission for PA Access & EBT Cardholders

Receive free admission for 4 adults when you present a valid PA ACCESS or EBT card with a valid photo ID.

Local College Students

Students from certain participating colleges and universities receive free admission with a valid student ID. View participating institutions. Don't see your institution? Learn about how your school can be part of PAFA's University Membership Program.

Military Families

Blue Star Museum LogoAs a part of the Blue Star Museums program, PAFA offers free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and up to 5 family members.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military, which includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. The military ID holder can be either active duty service member or other dependent family members with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program.

Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

View full program details at

$5 Off Admission for Mural Arts Program Tours Attendees

Mural Arts Program logoTake a tour with the Mural Arts Program and receive $5 off any regular museum by presenting the discounted ticket provided to you during your tour.

Bank of America Cardholders 

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Active Bank of America®, Merrill Lynch® or U.S. Trust® credit or debit cardholders enjoy free admission on the first full weekend of every month.

Simply present your active Bank of America®, Merrill Lynch® or U.S. Trust® credit or debit card along with a valid photo ID to gain one free Adult admission to PAFA.

Please note this discount program does not include special events or ticketed programs. Guests accompanying the cardholder must purchase a separate ticket. View the Museums On Us program details at

Reciprocal Museum Memberships & American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

AAM members and members of select reciprocal museums receive two (2) free admissions passes. To redeem free admission, guests must present current AAM or museum membership card along with a valid photo ID.

PAFA participates in the following reciprocal programs:

Before visiting, we ask reciprocal members to please contact PAFA Visitor Services to understand the benefits they will receive. Please note that reciprocal privileges exclude live events and are subject to change without notice.

How do I get to you?

Check out our Directions and Parking page with maps, public transportation advice and driving directions.

Can I bring a group?

Yes. PAFA can welcome groups of up to 20 people at one time for guided experiences with professional staff, both when the museum is open and when it is not. Additional fees apply for these special experiences. Groups larger than 20 may also choose to visit, but with evolving safety protocols, large groups will likely need to separate into smaller groups for the safety and comfort of other visitors. Email to book your tour experience.

Is there a Coat Check?

Yes, both of our museum buildings have self-check coat rooms for your use.