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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 287 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Make sure you set aside 3 or 4 hours to take in everything here. There is an astounding amount of genius in these walls. Also- don't bother with the cafe. Go across the street to whole foods and grab some take out for $7. They're just serving the same thing for twice the price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing world-class collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Tons of Renoir if you like him. A few Picassos, Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh, etc. A truly outstanding collection. The building is small and the galleries are cramped. A MUST for any art lovers. WARNING: make a reservation. We didn't and had to pay $35/pp to get in without... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We had visited the Barnes in its previous location, so I was most interested in seeing how things were presented in the new building. "The same", which I guess is a good thing. They essentially re-created the old museum within this new building. I liked what they were able to add in the new building (additional/revolving exhibit, strong gift shoppe,... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It really is hard to arrange and of course is the site of the greatest art robbery in the world BUT still just fantastic.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If you like art, and especially Impressionism, there's not much not to like about the Barnes. The building is beautiful [even if it isn't in Merion] and the collection has so many of the Masters, like Renoir and Cezanne, that it is amazing. While the Museum honored the display style of the original collection, it is a bit difficult to... More

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The narrator on my tour bus told us that the Barnes collection was never ever, no never!, to be moved from its home in a country estate, due to a codicile in Mr. Barnes' will. Not sure how the Foundation made their way around that clause, but it was the good fortune of visitors to Philadelphia that they did! The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We had visited the Barnes Foundation's art museum in Merion, PA many years ago, but today was the first time we visited their new museum in downtown Philadelphia, now open a bit more than 2 years. Finding the museum is nearly impossible if you try to follow the directions on the website. We drove around Philly for quite a while... More

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Went here for the first time last week. I felt like I was in Europe. We were not there for long but it is a must see for locals and people who visit from other states and Europe. Check for events and classes or become a member.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

What a collection especially if you are a Renoir fan. Located next to the Rodin and if you visit the Phila. Art Museum down the street, the Rodin is included.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Dr. Barnes had one heck of an eye--for years he collected early 20th Century art when no one else wanted it. His collection, uniquely exhibited using his aesthetic rules is fantastic. This art museum is a must see.

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