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Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: +1 215-278-7000
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: 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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Impressionist art with an ornamental twist

Having been to the Impressionist museums in Europe it was enjoyable to find such a collection in Philadelphia. Take the time to review the excellent booklets found in each gallery... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Having been to the Impressionist museums in Europe it was enjoyable to find such a collection in Philadelphia. Take the time to review the excellent booklets found in each gallery to note the artist, materials used, title and proposed date for each piece. What was of particular interest were the ornamental objects of furniture, fasteners, and utilitarian objects dating back... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It is rare to find such a large collection of wonderful paintings! Every room is full of works by Renior, El Greco, Matisse, Cezanne, it is almost overwhelming to see them all together. We spent a few hours here and could have spent longer, plus on a hot summers day it was lovely to be in the cool of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We spent a couple hours here and could have stayed longer. The audio tour was fascinating, allowing us to learn more about selected pieces. Equally fascinating were the "ensembles" or groupings of art, sculpture, figurines, etc., sometimes based on style or period but sometimes grouped according to something like color. I think visitors need to purchase tickets well in advance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If you know the price of One picture (they sold a Cézanne 225M€), well they have 180 Renoir, 69 Cezanne, 46 Picasso, 66 Matisse.... and other wonders (Seurat, degas, el greco, J. Bosch ...). His collection is just incredible, and it was done at a time, when those painters were not as recognized as now. Maybe the kids headphone explanation... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most important Private Collections ever enmassed. Dr. Barnes collected these fine IMPRESSION paintings for his home in Suburban Philadelphia which was open to the public for many yearas before being moved to this special built museum on the parkway and aranged exactly as they were in his home

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the Barnes Foundation. The amount of priceless works among the collection is stunning. The backstory behind how Dr. Barnes acquired his wealth and the the art he purchased with it is also fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you are into impressionist and post impressionist art, this is the place to go in Philadelphia. I highly recommend taking a guided tour. The guides are interesting and well informed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Be prepared to see an unbelievable number of Impressionists. Nowhere will you see this number in a single museum. The presentation itself is somewhat daunting because of the peculiar restrictions placed on it by Dr. Barns, i.e.. no standard museum labels though there are pamphlets, non-standard arrangements, etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Just wow, we loved this museum. Had so many famous painters and we spent 3 hours in the museum. We utilized the audio and it was well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Definitely impressive ! Their collection is much more impressive than any other I have seen in Philadelphia, coming second only to the louvre or the met in NYC :) The way they present it is also fascinating and well done. Definitely consider spending at least half a day here, and more if you love Impressionism especially, which represent a huge... More 

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