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The following is the calendar for the centennial celebration. For activities that continue beyond one month, the full description is listed at the first mention or click “see description above.”

August Events

Rodin’s The Kiss

Rodin Museum

Through January 2019, Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

Discover what passion looks like in the hands of a master sculptor. 2017 is the one hundredth anniversary of Auguste Rodin’s death. To mark the occasion, the Rodin Museum is taking part in worldwide celebrations of the artist’s work and legacy with special exhibitions and programs. This new installation explores the artist’s intimate and powerful depictions of romantic love.

Paul Philippe Cret and the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation

Through Spring 2018

In 1922, Albert C. Barnes contracted French architect Paul Philippe Cret to design a gallery and residence in Merion, Pennsylvania. Featured in this exhibit are selected letters between the two men plus Cret’s vision, plans, and sketches for the buildings that officially became the Barnes Foundation in 1925. Since Cret was also one of the contributors to the design of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the site of the new Barnes new building, the exhibit also celebrates the Parkway’s centennial year.

Modern Times: American Art 1910 - 1950

Philadelphia Museum of Art

April 18, 2018 – September 3, 2018

From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great social, artistic, and technological change. Artists responded with a revolutionary language of shapes and colors. See how Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, and others challenged convention and forged bold new styles to fit the times.

Professor Cret's Parkway: One Architect's Legacy on Philadelphia's Grandest Thorofare

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. Sixth Street

April 30 - August 31, 2018
presented by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway's 100th anniversary with an exhibition of the works of master architect, Paul Philippe Cret (1876-1945). Arriving here from his native France in 1903, Cret quickly became the acknowledged leader of Philadelphia's City Beautiful Movement. This exhibition features more than 30 original designs by Cret (built and unbuilt). These rare documents, many of which have never been exhibited, beautifully illustrate Cret's lasting influence on Philadelphia.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Rodin Museum will display a 1927 model of its building and gardens alongside photographs and related material exploring Cret's design for this Parkway institution.

The Rise of the Rocky Steps

Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps and Sister Cities Park

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
6:30 - 7:45 pm at PMA Steps
8:15 - 9:30 pm in Sister Cities Park
(Take the PHLASH or walk to the screening.)

6:30 - 7:45 pm: In this Parkway 100 Community Conversation, learn how the steps became famous with Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown, ROCKY Statue sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg, Greater Philadelphia Film Office Executive Director Sharon Pinkenson, and “Rocky Stories” author Michael Vitez.  Free.

A movie screening follows in Sister Cities Park of "Before Hollywood: Philadelphia and the Birth of the Movies," by History Making Productions.

8:15 pm: Intro by Carrie Rickey, the film's producer, and director Andrew Ferrett

8:30 - 9:30 pm Movie Screening: The film tells the story of the city as the cradle of motion pictures and the place where movies literally and metaphorically took their first steps. As the nation's manufacturing capital in the 19th century, Philadelphia was the crossroads where artists, engineers and amateur inventors realized the dream of transforming still images into those that moved. Free.

For the screening: Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Wine from Chaddsford Winery, along with craft beer and movie snacks, will be available for sale.

Dinos After Dark

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Thurs., August 23, 2018
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Through September, the pop-up Dino Drafts: The Academy Beer Garden will be open once a month from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. outside the museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The museum will be open with extended hours until 8 p.m. All the galleries and the special exhibit Xtreme Bugs will be open to visitors, who will get to experience the museum in a fun new way. Look for live animal encounters and other enriching opportunities for both adults and kids. Admission to the museum is pay-as-you-wish with a suggested donation of $10. Online registration is available at https://bit.ly/2shmVM5.

Continuing Events

Modern Times: American Art 1910 - 1950

Philadelphia Museum of Art

April 18, 2018 – September 3, 2018

Click to read description

From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great social, artistic, and technological change. Artists responded with a revolutionary language of shapes and colors. See how Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, and others challenged convention and forged bold new styles to fit the times.

Professor Cret's Parkway: One Architect's Legacy on Philadelphia's Grandest Thorofare

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. Sixth Street

April 30 - August 31, 2018

Click to read description

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway's 100th anniversary with an exhibition of the works of master architect, Paul Philippe Cret (1876-1945). Arriving here from his native France in 1903, Cret quickly became the acknowledged leader of Philadelphia's City Beautiful Movement. This exhibition features more than 30 original designs by Cret (built and unbuilt). These rare documents, many of which have never been exhibited, beautifully illustrate Cret's lasting influence on Philadelphia.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Rodin Museum will display a 1927 model of its building and gardens alongside photographs and related material exploring Cret's design for this Parkway institution.

September Events

Dinos After Dark

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Fri., September 28, 2018
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Through September, the pop-up Dino Drafts: The Academy Beer Garden will be open once a month from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. outside the museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The museum will be open with extended hours until 8 p.m. All the galleries and the special exhibit Xtreme Bugs will be open to visitors, who will get to experience the museum in a fun new way. Look for live animal encounters and other enriching opportunities for both adults and kids. Admission to the museum is pay-as-you-wish with a suggested donation of $10. Online registration is available at https://bit.ly/2shmVM5.

October Events

Parkway Soirée

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Friday, October 26, 2018
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Stay tuned for info about this big event - the wrap-up to our 14-month Parkway 100 celebration. This is the actual date, 100 years ago, when you could first traverse the Parkway, end-to-end!