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The Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
+1 215-278-7000
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Ranked #2 of 281 attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French painting in the world. An extraordinary number... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

After visiting the Barnes collection in Philadelphia last week, all I can say is WOW! It’s quite possible that even Van Gogh himself might be impressed. This beautiful new museum is filled with hundreds of outstanding paintings by many of the modern masters, displayed together with other assorted art objects, just as Dr. Barnes had directed. The controversy surrounding the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We brought Dutch friends who are staying with us to see the Barnes. It was also our first time seeing the collection in its new home and it did not disappoint. You forget the enormity of the collection (at least we did and we went several times in Merion). The way the ensembles are presented are exactly the same as... More

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wayne,pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I joined as a founding member so went when first opened. I had been to the original as well. The new location is awful for parking. Further the handbag check was ridiculous. The art, however, is fantastic.

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing collection of world class art in an impressive gallery. However, while this is truly one of the most remarkable collections you will ever see, there are some caveats. First, and foremost, this is a very collector-specific presentation. It really is one mans vision of the art and how it should be displayed and even talked about.... More

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Paoli, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

While controversial for deviating from the intentions of the trust set up by original collector Albert Barnes, the museum's works have moved to a new home close to the Philadelphia Art Museum. This new, modern building with elegant landscaping offers some nuance of the former over-crowded mansion that was home to the collection. The works including those of Renoir, Cezanne,... More

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Memphis, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the Barnes. I initially was thinking of going to a different art museum, but a colleague told me I should really see the Barnes. As a lover of impressionist and modern art, I was really impressed with the collection, and how the pieces were displayed alongside "common" objects and more primitive art that is also part of... More

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brooklyn, ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A visit to the new Barnes Foundation location is an outstanding experience. Dr. Barnes's singular collection is displayed just as it was in Merion, but the lighting of the new galleries has been greatly improved. Viewing one masterpiece after another--displayed by Dr. Barnes in intriguing relationships--is overwhelming. The Barnes's elegant new home, designed by Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Architects,... More

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a unique museum with a unique history. It holds more Renoirs than does the Louvre. If you appreciate art, art history or the politics of art - acquisition, control, display - go to the Barnes and see this unique collection uniquely displayed in accordance with the philosophies of Dr. Barnes whose collection it was. There is in its... More

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Stamford, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

If you are in Philadelphia, make sure to allocate time to see the Barnes foundation art collection. Probably best in United States collection of impressionist paintings. Make sure to reserve your tickets in advance as all the tickets are sold for the specific time and if you arrive without tickets there are no guarantees that you will be able to... More

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Petersburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This was my first visit, so I have no perspective on the suburban location. I spent 3hrs on the visit. The audio tour included with the ticket is very good. Also the hard copy guides located in each room. This place is great if you are a fan of Renoir or Cezanne as they were well represented. I'm a van... More

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