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History of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Resources for researching the history of the museum, including exhibitions.

Exhibition Catalogues

All of the PMA publications, including exhibition catalogues, are available in the library's reference section. You can browse the complete list here.

Exhibition Labels

Many of the labels for our past exhibitions, particularly the later years, are available in the library. Some of the labels are available as digital files. If you see this url symbol (as highlighted in the image below) in the catalog, click on it and a new window with a pdf of the labels will open.

Below is a list of the exhibitions held at the museum from 1876 through 2019. From 1974, descriptions of the exhibitions have been included, when available.

List of Exhibitions, 1876–1996

List of Exhibitions, 1996–2019