Activities and Programs
Visitors explore the Process Lab in "Jayson Musson: His History of Art," on view in 2022. Jayson Musson, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo: Carlos Avendaño.
Tour our exhibitions
FWM Museum Tour Manager will guide you through our current exhibitions, sharing stories about the collaboration process, materials and techniques, the artist’s practice, and the themes present in the artist’s work. Check out our current tour offerings below.
FWM Artist-in-Residence Jayson Musson views works in progress for "His History of Art," 2022. Jayson Musson, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Visit our studios
Get a behind-the-scenes look at FWM. Hear from our Apprentices about the process of creating a 3-color repeat pattern, visit our print production and swatch archive, and learn how we expose screens and mix pigments! Get a sneak peek at the work in progress for upcoming exhibitions and chat with our studio staff about the process of collaborating with our Artists-in-Residence to create a new body of work.
FWM College/Post-grad Apprentices get a behind-the-scenes tour of the FWM archives. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
View artist boxes in our archive
FWM has over 400 artist boxes in our archive, containing process materials, revealing the stories behind our collaborations with artists over the past 45 years! See the sketches, material tests, notes, and process photographs from your favorite artists’ projects. Request up to five artist boxes to view and receive an insider’s look at the process of storing and archiving artworks.
Visitors participate in a lively screenprinting workshop in the FWM Print Studio. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Participate in a hands-on screenprinting workshop
Learn elements of the screenprinting process, reflect on themes within our current exhibitions, and leave with your own unique artwork! Check out our current workshop offerings below.
Making a Reservation
For more information or to schedule a tour, please complete and submit our Tour and Workshop Inquiry Form. Advance registration required; booking at least two weeks in advance is appreciated. Tours and workshops can be scheduled for Tuesday through Friday between 10:00 am–6:00 pm for a minimum of 4 participants.
Before your visit, we encourage groups to learn about the history of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, our Artists-in-Residence Program, and current exhibitions on view. Engage your group in a conversation about contemporary art museums and museum etiquette. If your group is running late, please contact us as soon as possible. If your group is not present within the first 15 minutes of your scheduled time and we have not received notice, or if arrival is delayed by more than 30 minutes, tours will be cancelled without a refund. Please check our current COVID guidelines prior to your visit.
General Public Rate
Exhibition Tour: $10 per person
Exhibition Tour + Behind-the Scenes Studios Visit: $15 per person
Exhibition Tour + Hands-on Workshop: $20 per person
Print Studio Tour + Hands-on Workshop: $20 per person
Archive/Collections Tour: $15 per person
Collector’s Tour: $20 per person
Exhibition Tour: $5 per person
Exhibition Tour + Behind-the-Scenes Studios Visit: $10 per person
Exhibition Tour + Hands-on Workshop: $15 per person
Print Studio Tour + Hands-on Workshop: $15 per person
Archive/Collections Tour: $10 per person
Exhibition Tour: $5 per member
Exhibition Tour + Behind-the-Scenes Studios Visit: $10 per member
Exhibition Tour + Hands-on Workshop: $15 per member
Print Studio Tour + Hands-on Workshop: $10 per member
Archive/Collections Tour: $10 per member
*Rate applies to each FWM member. General public rates apply to the rest of the group.
Rate for Persons/Groups ages 65+
Exhibition Tour + your choice of a Behind-the-Scenes Studio Visit or Archive Tour: $5 per person
Hands-on Screenprinting Workshop: $10 per person
Title 1 Rate/ Social Service Organization
Up to 30 Exhibition Tour + Hands-on Workshop: $5 per student
If you would like to schedule a tour or workshop but feel a visit would be prohibitive for your group, please contact email@example.com
Current Tour Offerings
Image: Glenn Ligon, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, "Skin Tight (Thuglife II)," 1995. Yellow ink on black vinyl. 35 x 18 x 37 inches. Edition of 7. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Sonic Presence (or Absence): Sound in Contemporary Art
How can sound, actual or implied, impact or inform our interpretation of both unremarkable and extraordinary experiences? Featuring works from the Museum’s collection alongside a selection of loaned works, Sonic Presence (or Absence): Sound in Contemporary Art invites visitors to explore the resonant themes of sound in visual arts, be it implied, imagined, absent, or realized.
Image: © Henry Taylor, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. "Nothing Change, Nothing Strange," 2023. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Henry Taylor: Nothing Change, Nothing Strange
Ambitious and expansive, Nothing Change, Nothing Strange is the result of an 18-month residency featuring an immersive sculptural environment that Henry Taylor created through his continued exploration of painting and sculpture alongside his first experimentation with textiles. Dissecting, merging, and mending an assortment of recycled materials has enabled Taylor to forge a previously uncharted avenue in his ever-expanding artistic process. In this exhibition, Taylor examines how people and materials are held together, separated, and categorized both socially and systematically.
FWM Director of Studio Operations Nami Yamamoto works on stuffed figures for "Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: Blood Moon," 2021–2022. Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Behind-the-Scenes Studio Tour
Want a chance to see artists at work in our studios? There is always a wide range of creative activity happening daily at FWM. Visitors will get a sneak peek at the work our Studio team is creating for upcoming exhibitions and the repeat patterns our Apprentices our printing on our 19-yard print tables! See how we mix pigments in our pigment room, expose screens in our exposure room, and peruse our fabric archive which contains swatches from the yardage printed at FWM since 1977!
Our archive of artist boxes feature materials and notes related to the many projects that take place at FWM. Lenore Tawney, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
These special tours allow visitors a rare glimpse into our collection of over 400 artist boxes. These boxes contain process materials from an artist’s residency at FWM. The boxes reveal how art was made at this moment in history and capture a specific moment of an artist’s career. Through material tests, sketches, notes, models, and samples, the artist boxes tell the story of the challenges and discoveries that arise from these compelling collaborations.
Visitors can request to view up to five artist boxes from our collection. Selections can be made by perusing our Artist-in-Residence page. If you don’t have particular artists in mind, you can request a selection of boxes that address a theme or process curated by FWM staff. Requests must be made two weeks in advance.
"Storm at Split Rock," 2020. Digital print silk, taffeta nylon, eco down, thermochromic pigment, silkscreen ink, 50 x 70″ ; Edition size: 18 w 2 APs. Samara Golden in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Over the years, Artists-in-Residence have collaborated with FWM to create special editions in a range of media, creating a trove of objects and wearables for art lovers and collectors. Explore artist boxes that showcase the process of designing and producing artist editions, highlighting the work of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Jiha Moon, Samara Golden, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Edgar Heap of Birds, and Kiki Smith. All participants receive a 10% discount in the Museum Shop!
FWM offers amazing virtual tours and workshops as well! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to hear about our virtual offerings.
*Workshops are offered virtually for any size group or onsite for groups of 4 participants or more. In the interest of maintaining the safety of our visitors and staff, we are temporarily adjusting our maximum youth tour capacity to 12 youth with two adult chaperones.
These immersive workshops engage the minds and bodies of artists at all levels. Participants begin with an interactive tour of the exhibition, followed by a hands-on workshop in the studio designed to connect to the process, materials, or concepts expressed in the artist’s work. FWM is proud to print exclusively on biodegradable, recycled, or 100% organic cotton materials.
Inspired by Decades of Pattern, Color, and Fabric
Prints in Bloom sample at center prepared by Museum Tour Manager, Katie Parry, seen here with examples of repeat patterns designed by FWM Apprentices and Artists-in-Residence over the decades
Prints in Bloom
This season, let’s explore the colorful potential of the flower as a motif in repeat pattern printing. Glean inspiration from the varied and spectacular ways that flowers have been interpreted by artists at FWM over the decades. Then, create your own printed tote bags using various screens prepared with floral motifs.
Organized in conjunction with Radically Marimekko at the American Swedish Historical Museum, on view through September 24.
$10 FWM members + members of the American Swedish Historical Museum (promotional rate available through September 24)
Inspired by Sonic Presence (or Absence)
Color of Sound
Several artists featured in Sonic Presence (or Absence): Sound in Contemporary Art explore the relationship between color and sound. In this workshop, participants will use screenprinting techniques to explore how color can be used to create the feeling of sound, express the quality of sound, and convey our sonic memories.
Imprinting Sound/ Imprinting Silence sample prepared by Katie Parry, Museum Tour Manager. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Imprinting Sound/ Imprinting Silence
In screenprinting, we use the positive and negative space within a silkscreen to create areas of presence and absence within an image. These areas can be used to express moments of sound and silence. Learn to apply mono printing and stencil techniques using shape and color to explore how sound and silence imprint our memories.
Inspired by Henry Taylor: Nothing Change, Nothing Strange
Nothing Strange / Woven Structures
Learn to weave with what you’ve got. Using materials gleaned from FWM studios and collected by staff, participants will build tiny triangle looms and explore weaving with every day and extraordinary materials.
How can we use printmaking to represent our daily accumulations of dust, dreams, debts, feelings, belongings, and ideas? Commemorate your own accumulation and learn how to monoprint with color and collage materials on paper.
Brick by Brick
Sometimes printmakers screenprint their designs within shapes that can comprise a template. When folded or put together, the pieces can later be constructed into a garment or sculpture. Create your own engineered bricks by printing, cutting, folding and constructing a prepared design. Let’s build something great together!