We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Barnes Foundation

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: +1 215-278-7000
Website
Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Wed - Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 2,233 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1753
    Excellent
  • 310
    Very good
  • 92
    Average
  • 40
    Poor
  • 38
    Terrible
Monday Visit

Wow, what a collection of great art! My family and I visited on a Monday and loved the entire experience, no crowds. The location is easily navigated and there is parking on site... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
Mark A

Similar Things to Do in Philadelphia

Add Photo Write a Review

2,233 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

Wow, what a collection of great art! My family and I visited on a Monday and loved the entire experience, no crowds. The location is easily navigated and there is parking on site, for a fee. Our visit lasted 4 hours including a snack next to the gift shop. I had a glass of wine with a cheese and fruit... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Level Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

The Barnes needs no review. It's so well known for its exceptional collection. I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of incredible masterpieces in one place. I definitely recommend a docent tour as well as using the audio guide. Given the sheer number of masterpieces, I recommend going early, spending two hours and then taking a break for lunch etc... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto
Level Contributor
17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

What a unique and wonderful art experience. Trying to decipher the reason behind the ensembles in each room is as entertaining as viewing the art itself. If you can, listen to the audio tour.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

The story behind this collection is what truly makes it. The fact that one man owned all of this work is incredible! Nice pieces by many familiar artists- Picasso, Degas, Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne, etc. Great collection of old Greek, Egyptian, African Artifacts and loved that some showed their dates. Also, go on free Sundays to obtain timed tickets for... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
129 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Learned today that Dr Barnes hired the education guru John Dewey as the collection's first museum education director. Clearly Dewey influenced Barnes and visa versa. LOVE that each room, actually each wall, contains an ensemble of pieces that have a woven theme that isn't blatantly obvious, but does challenge the viewer to think about what they see and why those... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Washington DC
Level Contributor
303 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 447 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I wish I could post two separate reviews of this place. The art so exceeded all my expectations - and I already came in knowing so much about it - but its quite something else to stand there, in these rooms, seeing so many magnificent pieces. That part is a five. If you can get to it. So lets get... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We booked online for our timed tickets. A guide will meet you and tour you through the collection with an introduction to viewing the collection, the history behind the collector and several warnings about how crowded it may be. We were lucky in that we were rarely in a room with another group trying to hear our guide through her... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington, DC
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

i have been to museums in many countries and cities and there is nothing like this one. The quality of the art (though there is an over abundance of Renoir) is fabulous but the interesting thing is his "ensembles," the arrange,EMT of the pieces and the pairing with his ironwork collection, is what is so breathtaking.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
San Francisco, CA
Level Contributor
40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The Barnes collection is a must-see for art-lovers. I didn't know a ton about the collection when I visited, but the docents do a good job of giving you a brief overview of how the collection came into being and why it is organized in such an idiosyncratic fashion. I loved the whimsical, eccentric displays and the juxtaposition of pieces... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This is an awesome museum!! Never been to one that had such a grand collection of Renoir! I used the self tour guide that gave less than 2 min explanations for the works in each room. The way it was displayed was remarkable. Worth the trip but do make a reservation for a time. This way they control the number... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed The Barnes Foundation also viewed

 

Been to The Barnes Foundation? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Barnes Foundation

Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: +1 215-278-7000
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Barnes Foundation and other visitors
8 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (8)

Questions? Get answers from The Barnes Foundation staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?