Upcoming museum exhibits in Philadelphia will cover a wide range of topics including historical reimaginings, childhood toys both old and new, and some exceptional modern art. Looking to our best local institutions, these are what we’re most excited to see.


Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned

Philadelphia Museum of Art

September 21 – January 1, 2019


Wavering between factual and fictitious narratives, artist Yael Bartana works reimagine history to create conversation about today’s most prevalent social and political issues. Part of this immersive exhibition will include her film trilogy, which focuses on a fictional Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland.

Rina Banerjee: Make Me A Summary of the World

October 27 – March 31, 2019

Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts

Organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the San Jose Museum of Art, Make Me A Summary is the first deep dive into the contemporary work of artist Rina Banerjee. Bringing together her powerful installations, sculptures, and works on paper, it will be the best look at her work yet seen by a North American museum.


Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal

Philadelphia Museum of Art

November 11 – March 3, 2019

Miss Fanchon was the hit girls doll that set the stage for products like Barbie and American Girl. This exhibit looks at the history of the doll, which was the “it” toy for privileged girls in the 1860’s and 70’s. The dresses, undergarments, and handcrafted accessories that came with it provide a unique glimpse into the era and generation from which they came.

Thomas & Friends: Explore The Rails

Please Touch Museum

September 2018 – January 2019

Many young parents of today grew up playing with Thomas The Tank Engine toys, and watching its cartoons. Still a staple of early childhood learning and playing, Thomas and Friends are celebrated in this upcoming exhibit at the Please Touch Museum, one of the most immersive and fun places to bring your kids in Philadelphia.

Dieter Rams: Principled Design

Philadelphia Museum of Art

November 18 – April 14, 2019

This artistic look at Dieter Rams, which is a fundamental element of pieces of modern technology like smartphones. Celebrating the understated design and history of this product created by German manufacturer Braun, this upcoming exhibit in Philadelphia will be both educational and artful.