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Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: +1 215-278-7000
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Wed - Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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

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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Collection with Impressive Depth

This is a remarkable museum if only for the depth of the collection. Well worth a visit. We went on a Sunday morning and it was quite accessible.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
George K
Vienna, VA

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Vienna, VA
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a remarkable museum if only for the depth of the collection. Well worth a visit. We went on a Sunday morning and it was quite accessible.

Thank George K
Dublin, Ohio
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was my main reason to visit Philly and I was not disappointed. Be sure to pick up an audio player (free) when you visit. I did not do the guided tour, but did listen in with a couple of tours that came through for a few minutes. I think I prefer not going with a tour, as I came... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing collection of paintings, sculptures, all sorts of art works. They are organized in a unique way, pairing same subjects by different artists together. Lots of fun to travel through!

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Radnor, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

While I dislike seeing trust documents violated as was the case when the amazing collection of Dr. Barnes was moved from his home in Merion to the beautifully designed building on the Parkway, I appreciate both the building and the arrangement of art which is the same as in its former home! What a feast for art lovers to wander... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum informs that Dr. Barnes had 191 Renoirs!! Quite bit. You need three hours to go throw without a rush. The Audio device is helpful , get it is for free. Buy internet tickets.

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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I knew of the history of Dr. Barnes art collection. Seeing it in the new building constructed by PMA to house this collection was a tremendous art treat. The building is the ultimate in modern design but the art is exhibited in the same manner as Dr. Barnes had used (same lay-out, same colored walls). And that exhibition style, called... More 

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Erlangen, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is must for every art enthusiast An amazing treasure drove of impressionists and old masters. Worth a second and third visit. A real 3 star place to see.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I happened to go here for a work event (fantastic meeting space) and we had access to the museum and grounds afterwards. I thought it was a nice museum - in expected gem in Philly. Plus the Starbucks across the street wa ma a nice start/finish to the day. Short walk from Rittenhouse Square (15 min?)

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The fun of the Barnes is both the collection (!!) and the story of Dr. Barnes himself. All the pieces are arranged as he originally had them... and within these configurations one finds humor and relationships between art of totally different styles, eras, and continents. Truly a joy! I also appreciate that they limit the size of groups in at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is definitely a unique, one of a kind Museum. I was amazed to find out that all the exhibit will forever remain displayed exactly as we see it today. We had the fortune to see the wrought iron traveling collecting along with all of the permanent collection. The private docent led tour with English Penny gave a lot of... More 

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