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The Barnes Foundation

Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: +1 215-278-7000
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Ranked #2 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Cultural
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century...
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Type: Art Museums, Cultural
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Wed - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.

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Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The site is almost new, the collection is unique and much of the art has never been in museums. As New Yorkers, the works displayed filled in our view of Cezanne and his friends. Rooms may reflect Dr. Barnes home where they hung for years, but their display may not do justice to some of the greatest work of the... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

if you like late 19th century French impressionism, be prepared to be blown away. total exhibit valued 2 years ago at over $5B. you get the idea. call ahead to make sure no large gallery tours going on. google barnes museum. I've been to the Philadelphia museum of art, and the barnes collection is a better ticket. great story about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I was eager to see the Barnes collection in its new site. I was a big fan of the original museum in the 'burbs and was sure that the change would be disappointing. I was impressed. They did a great job. My one complaint was that I had to check my purse. I was told it was too big to... More 

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Florida, usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Truly a unique experience. It's layout and the way everything is presented forces you to see the art in a different way. The museum itself is a work of art and a experience that should not be missed when in Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia PA USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

I posted a review on The Barnes in Merion. I thought I sent a review in on the new Barnes....but it was never posted. Here I go again. First off----it is identical inside as the 1 in Merion. Except 1 little thing that gnaw's at me. The new Barnes people said they would make everything identical, to the very inch.... More 

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Wooster, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Although not all of the art is Impressionist, a large portion is. It is one of the largest Impressionist collections in the world, and my be the largest Renoir collection. The museum provides free head sets with descriptions of some of the works of art. The museum was very crowded and had several school classes there, but it did not... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

I actually visited the Barnes last year (2013.) It is a brilliant, unique collection and all visitors to Philly should stop by. You have to phone ahead of time to get reservations. I have nothing but praise for the Barnes, which deserves a trip of its own.

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Millburn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Our trip to the Barnes was an enjoyable one. I had heard great things about the Barnes Foundation, from friends that visited their former location. We went on a day trip to Philadelphia, and coincidentally, it was the first Sunday of the month, with free admission. That was a nice bonus! If you enjoy impressionist art, you will enjoy the... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is an unusual museum. Try to go through with a docent. They are filled with information not readily available. We thought it should be done in 2 days. There is so much that in 1/2 day you are on overload.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I've had the privilege of visiting some incredible art museums around the world, and the Barnes Foundation is one of my favorites. If you like post-Impressionist and early modern paintings, then you will love this collection. There are an impressive number of Renoirs and a Matisse mural, The Dance, that's just awesome. The art is laid out in a very... More 

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