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Get a walking tour of women’s history at the Art Museum

Take a deep dive into the backstories of the women behind famous works of art

Danya Henninger / Billy Penn
Billy Penn statue

From Shady Ladies Tours

Shady Ladies Tours will present The Shady Ladies of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.  A two-hour walking tour gives tour-goers a look at the women’s history hidden in the museum, examining the backstories behind famous works of art.

Stories about sex, power, ambition, scandal, mistresses, seducers and courtesans who slept their way to the top  fill the museum.  Tour-goers see a scene from the Dutch Golden Age of a quack doctor treating a pregnant prostitute; a portrait of Madame Du Barry, one of the most famous royal mistresses of all time; a Mary Cassatt canvas that shows clearly how revolutionary her paintings of women’s lives were; and much more.

The tour groups meet 15 minutes in advance of tour time at main museum entrance, overlooking Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Tickets for the Shady Ladies Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts are $49 and available online.