COVID-19 Closure Update

In accordance with restrictions announced Monday, November 16, by Philadelphia government and health officials, PAFA, along with other citywide art museums and colleges, will temporarily close for in-person activities, in support of broad-based efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

We are united in the shared service to our community, and while we know this is frustrating, we will work alongside our elected officials and health authorities during this time.

Effective immediately, the Museum is closed. The exhibitions scheduled to open this week—Taking Space, Only Tony, and Roll, Press, Pull—have been postponed and will open in January 2021. Visitors who have purchased advance tickets to the museum have been contacted by email with more information.

The PAFA Store, located in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton building, will remain open, in addition to the online store. Tableau Café is closed effective immediately.

PAFA's College of Fine Arts will remain open for in-person instruction through November 19. Students will complete the remainder of the Fall semester online, as outlined in the Campus Reopening Plan.

During this closure, stay connected with PAFA through our online programs and classes, explore our social channels, and subscribe to our email newsletter.

PAFA's Core Response Team will continue to monitor the situation and meet virtually throughout the holiday season. Updates will be available on our COVID-19 resource page,

Last Updated
November 30, 2020 - 4:26 PM

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.