The Barnes Foundation, about to open in mid-May on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, has installed a major new piece of art.
Tickets went on sale to the general public on Thursday morning, and several dates are already sold out.
Barnes Project Manager Philip Ryan says the floor in the primary event space incorporates endangered South American boards that could have wound up in a landfill.
Two months after hearing oral arguments from both sides, Judge Stanley Ott has offered his opinion and ruling, saying he would not hear further arguments regarding the move of the multimillion-dollar art collection.
The opening date was announced even as a Montgomery County judge deliberates on whether the move from Merion is legal.
Barnes Foundation executive director Derek Gillman says the organization has reached a major fundraising milestone.