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The Barnes Foundation

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Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
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+1 215-278-7000
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth-...

The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French painting in the world. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne and Matisse provide a depth of work by these artists that is unavailable elsewhere. Established as an educational institution, the Barnes carries out its mission teaching classes in its galleries and Arboretum.

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Great building, Fabulous Art

This is a terrific museum/art gallery both for the paintings and art on the walls and for the building. Both offer a lot to see and appreciate. See the film that offers insights... read more

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Falls Church, Virginia
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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a terrific museum/art gallery both for the paintings and art on the walls and for the building. Both offer a lot to see and appreciate. See the film that offers insights into both Barnes and how the collection was gathered. AND for sure go to the cafe which is a fine place to sit for awhile that offers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The new-ish Barnes in Philadelphia contains a premier collection of art acquired by the Barnes family. The Philadelphia location recreates the spirit of the family's original location for the art, so there are many, many small rooms packed with paintings, antiques and other objects. There is a lot to look at. Each room has nicely developed guides to the items... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were a group of 7 people and had finished museums and eating and by 3:30 nobody wanted to go to another museum. My daughter decided to go with me because I just didn't want to leave philly sithout seeing the most I could. Everybody else went to the mall. OMG, is all I can saw. I am so glad... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Barnes is not a standard museum. It reminds me of the Gardiner in Boston. The rooms, walls are covered in art, and there are letter-sized brochures available in each room that list what is on each wall. The wall displays are called ensembles that have a common artistic component. Dr. Barnes intended his collection to be an art education... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Dr. Barnes was a man with a vision, and this collection of his (mostly Renoirs, Cezannes, some Manets, Picassos, and Prendergasts) is so wonderfully displayed. Well worth a 2 hour visit, or more if you do the special exhibit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I'd been to the original Barnes Foundation in Merion, a Philadelphia suburb, forty years ago. I visited the new version in Philadelphia and inside it felt exactly the same. Housed in a striking new building, this museum presents the collection assembled by Barnes, an early 20th century patent medicine magnate. He bought well, choosing mostly post-Impressionist paintings. If you like... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was fortunate to view the original Barnes collection before it was taken down amidst controversy (viewed 'Art of the Steal' documentary). I then visited again after Dr Barnes' collection was transplanted to Philly. The late Dr. Barnes may be haunting those who went to undo his careful curation of his collection and remove them from his original mansion where... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like Renoir, you'll like this place. But you won't like the staff very much. The collection is great, the ambiance much less so. If I did not already know art well, I wouldn't know what I was looking at. Very little is clearly labeled, and what there is is hard to read. High ticket prices add to the... More 

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Califon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended the French Photography Exhibit (1850 - 1950). This was one of the best organized and themed shows. A must on your Phily trip list.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great art collection. So many wonderful original pieces of art. We used the Barnes App on our I phone and it was wonderful. Never saw so many Renoir's. A very special place for art lovers to visit.

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