Do you love arts and culture but wish they focused more on young professional audiences? Philadelphia is home of over a dozen young friend groups that support the region’s top museums and performance groups. Becoming a young friend of an arts and culture organization lets you save money on admission (especially with special discount memberships via Funsavers, mentioned in their descriptions), attend exclusive social and networking events with other millennials, and some offer extras like drink tickets or free admission to additional events. Check this comprehensive selection of great young adult groups below and share photos of your favorites on Instagram @Phillyfunguide.
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Young Friends is a vibrant group of art enthusiasts, committed to supporting the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Members are ages 21 to 45 and have benefits such as invitations to special Young Friends-designed programs, including private tours, art-inspired excursions, and opportunities to meet and learn from museum curators, staff, and leadership; discounts on ticketed Young Friends events, including some of the city’s most popular fundraisers: Fall into STREET Art, Holiday Party, and Winter Gala; networking and social opportunities where you’ll mingle with the region’s most culturally engaged young professionals; philanthropic investment in one of the largest and most renowned museums in the country. Join via their website.
VIVACE: Opera Philadelphia's Community for Young Professionals
VIVACE is a new community for the young professional (21-45) that offers access to a curated suite of exclusive events while supporting Opera Philadelphia. See the operas, meet the casts, and mingle with like-minded peers at VIVACE Nights throughout the season. VIVACE Nights include a ticket to the performance, a champagne reception, and small bites at post-show parties with members of the cast at an exclusive discounted price. Join via their website or check out their upcoming events below:
Penn Museum Young Friends
The Young Friends of the Penn Museum is a group of active members ages 21 to 45, with a mission to raise awareness of the Penn Museum among the area’s young professionals and graduate students; help to attract new young members to the Penn Museum; and to support and promote the Penn Museum’s mission through a variety of social, educational, and fundraising activities. Past events have included scavenger hunts through the Museum's galleries, beer and tequila tastings, lively Halloween and Valentine's Day-themed discussions, and much more. Benefits include free, unlimited general admission for one adult to the Museum all year; free or discounted admission for one adult to all special exhibitions, popular programs and members-only events; three issues per year of our renowned Expedition magazine; Calendar of Events; a 10% discount at the Museum Shop and the Pepper Mill Cafe; and a car decal to show your support. Join via their website.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’s Young Adults
Young adults age 35 and under qualify for Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’s All-Season Young Adult Pass. With the pass you can attend any or all concerts of the 2015-2016 subscription season; have receive post-concert reception invitation and one Open Rehearsal invitation; and attend special events (like their Concert and Cocktails Young Friends Mixer). Member benefits include priority seating; complimentary ticket exchanges; and exclusive restaurant and bar discounts. Join via their website.
The Young Friends of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
The Young Friends of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is a group of young adults between the ages of 21 and 45 who share a common appreciation for history. Through a variety of social and educational events, the Young Friends make history fun and relevant in today’s world. Benefits include access to historic documents and records; fun, exclusive events; meeting new friends who share your interests; supporting the Historical Society of Pennsylvania through fund raising for the Adopt-a-Collection program. Join via their website.
Young Friends of Koresh Dance Company
The Young Friends of Koresh Dance Company (KDC) are are a group of sparkling patrons committed to supporting contemporary dance in Philadelphia and consists of community members between the ages of 21-40. Through your membership experience KDC in traditional and nontraditional ways by attending three home season performances of your choice at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre; gifting one $20 ticket for a friend per home season and the Come Together Festival; using discounts on KDC special events including In the Studio and our Spring Silent Auction and Gala fundraiser; networking and socializing with culturally diverse individuals. Join via their website.
The Young Friends of Independence Seaport Museum
The Young Friends of Independence Seaport Museum is a premier group of active young professionals (ages 21-45) committed to supporting the Museum and its mission while networking through intimate, dynamic events. Benefits include unlimited free admission to the Museum and two National Historic Landmarks - cruiser Olympia and submarine Becuna; first notice and discounted admission to sails on the Delaware River; invitations to Young Friends-only programs, exhibit previews and behind-the scenes tours; discounted admission to select events; discounts on all boat-building classes and other Workshop on the Water courses; a 10% discount on purchases in the Museum shop; The Masthead, monthly e-newsletter; use of The J. Welles Henderson Archives & Library (by appointment). Join via their website.
Young Friends of the Brandywine
Young Friends of the Brandywine is a membership group and volunteer committee of young adults dedicated to furthering the goals of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art and its programs. They strive to promote awareness of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art and its programs by informing other young adults about the work being done by the organization to protect and preserve the Brandywine region, its art and its history. Benefits include free admission to the Brandywine River Museum of Art and tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, N.C. Wyeth House & Studio and Kuerner Farm; members-only access to the Laurels and Waterloo Mills Preserves; Brandywine Catalyst quarterly magazine and calendar of events; a 10% discount in the Museum shop and café; invitations to preview receptions for exhibitions; and discounts on special events (like their All Hallow’s Eve Costume Ball), classes and programs. Join via their website.
Young Friends of National Museum of American Jewish History
The mission of the Young Friends of NMAJH is to inspire and involve the young professional community (ages 21-40) of Greater Philadelphia through social, educational, networking, and philanthropic programming celebrating American Jewish history and culture. Benefits include invitations for one adult to museum programs and events for ages 21 to 40 (two adults for Dual Membership); email updates; and quarterly cocktail receptions. Join via their website.
Young Friends of Pennsylvania Ballet
The Young Friends of Pennsylvania Ballet is a dynamic group of young professionals, between the ages of 21 and 35, who enjoy classical and contemporary ballet and learning more about the art form. Young Friends receive special, behind-the-scenes access and opportunities to interact with the dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet. Young Friends receive exclusive benefits including discount season packages; the opportunity to bring a friend for a discount; invitations to special gatherings with the dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet; networking and socializing with fellow dance lovers; expanding your knowledge of classical and contemporary ballet; and getting to know the dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet! Join via their website.
The Barnes Foundation’s Contemporaries
The Contemporaries are a vital part of the Barnes Foundation’s future. The Contemporaries are a dynamic group of young patrons and art enthusiasts that promote The Barnes Foundation’s educational mission through a wide variety of distinct programs and social events. Benefits include guaranteed admission on arrival, without reservations; six Collection Gallery guest passes to share with friends and family; complimentary admission to designated Young Professionals Friday Nights at the Barnes; invitations to select Circles lectures and receptions featuring renowned scholars, artists, and curators; invitations to exhibition preview receptions; a 10% discount in the shop. Join via their website.
Young Friends of the Philadelphia Orchestra
The Young Friends of The Philadelphia Orchestra membership program brings together dynamic young adults, between the ages of 21 and 40, in the greater Philadelphia area with a love for music and a burgeoning interest in exploring arts and culture. As a Young Friend, experience the magnificence and exquisite beauty of the world-renowned Philadelphia Sound from the best seats in Verizon Hall. Benefits include invitations to special Young Friends events; discounts at local area restaurants; two complimentary drink tickets. Join via their website.
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Raven Society
The Raven Society is a dedicated group of individuals in their 20s and 30s who share a passion for literacy, learning, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Through educational, social, and fundraising events, the Raven Society builds an engaged Library community of lifelong learners. Benefits include invitations to events planned especially for Raven Society donors; three seasonal receptions with top authors prior to their public program; Holiday Fête; Edgar Allan Poe's Birthday Party; happy hours; book clubs; a subscription to the Free Library of Philadelphia Highlights email newsletter; subscription to Off the Shelf, the Free Library of Philadelphia bi-annual magazine. Join via their website.
Young Friends of Independence National Historical Park
The Young Friends of Independence National Historical Park support Independence National Historical Park, the national park that protects preserves and interprets Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the 54 plus historical acres located in the City of Philadelphia. Benefits include the latest park news from the Between Friends newsletter; invitations to Friends events and programs (like this Dark Side of History Party); free, unlimited access to the Benjamin Franklin Museum (BFM); a 10% discount at the IVCC bookstore; discount on Photography Permits in the park; and discount Parking at the 2nd and Sansom Streets parking garage. Join via their website.
Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance
The Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance (YFPA) is aimed at engaging young residents of the city on preservation issues related to the urban fabric of Philadelphia. YFPA focuses on giving young preservation enthusiasts a place to meet and discuss relevant issues in the city, providing a volunteer base of individuals to help with Preservation Alliance initiatives, including the incorporation of social media into its communications attracting interested people outside the field of preservation to the current and ongoing efforts of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Benefits include free, year-round admission to exhibitions; invitations to Members Only events such as exhibitions previews; discounted admission to programs and workshops; monthly Members E-Newsletter; special discounts with area shops, businesses, and organizations; a 10% discount on PAA Exhibition Catalogs and select merchandise. Join via their website.
Young Friends of the Philadelphia History Museum
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia History Museum provide an avenue for the city’s young professionals (ages 21 and over) to embrace the history of Philadelphia by exploring the past and recognizing its relevance to today’s world. Young Friends actively participate in achieving the Philadelphia History Museum’s mission to educate Philadelphia’s youth about their city by raising funds to support school groups visiting the Museum. Benefits include free, unlimited admission year-round to the Philadelphia History Museum; invitations and free admission to members-only events; free or discounted admission to PHM programs and activities; a subscription to PHM's e-newsletter, Historically Speaking; a 10% discount on Museum merchandise; discounted parking at One Independence Garage, located at 7th & Chestnut; free admission to American Swedish Historical Museum, Independence Seaport Museum, Mummers Museum, National Liberty Museum, Rosenbach Museum and Library and the African American Museum in Philadelphia; quarterly Young Friends social events, including the Museum's annual Cocktails in the Courtyard garden party; behind the scenes tours; volunteer opportunities; program and event discounts. Join via their website.
Laurel Hill Cemetery's Antemortem Society (Young Friends)
The Antemortem Society (Young Friends) is a group of young adults and professionals (21-35) who love all things stones and bones and care about the preservation of Laurel Hill as an important historic landmark. In cooperation with the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, The Antemortem Society works to preserve and promote Laurel Hill’s historic character through educational and fundraising activities, volunteer projects and social events. Benefits include invitations to special Young Friends events; discounts on Young Friends Programs; $3 off select public tours, programs and events on the regular Laurel Hill Calendar; a 10% discount in the online store; invitations to special Members Only Events; the opportunity to meet and network with new people while supporting historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. Join via their website.
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