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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 255 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, 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...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Wed - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 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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Alexandria, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

If you like the post-Impressionest art that Dr Barnes collected and want to see it displayed in his idiosyncratic way that was frozen in time at his death in the 1950's, you may enjoy this. This is one man's collection, although he did have some help from William Glackens, an artist and friend. Why the artistic taste and display quirks... More 

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Balitmore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The building itself is a work of art worth taking some time to admire. But be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to work you way through 23 rooms on 2 floors. While each of the hundreds of pieces of art are lovely - what is really interesting is the way they are arranged in "ensembles" and how the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This is not a dream...More Renoirs, Cézanne, Matisse, Soutine and more..displayed studio style (they call it ensemble) that I've ever seen in one place. Take your time and you still will not take it all in. I purchased the $30 ticket so I was under no arrival time limit. Was there for nearly three hours. Will go again.

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Paoli, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This is a unique art exhibit that should not be missed. Barnes has an incredible story and the exhibits reflect his unique perspective of art. It is a wonderful way to see art, much different than any other art museum you've visited, I'm sure! Up close and personal. You can get a recorded tour or, if you want to learn... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

You will not be able to get into the museum unless you have online reservations - they sell out fast and most likely they will be sold out if you try and get tickets at the door. We were very disappointed we couldn't see The Barnes Foundation museum while visiting Philadelphia, but next time we know.

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

So many Renoirs! We were in 'art overload' after 3 hours... but the newly moved Barnes Foundation in center city is brilliant, and a beautiful destination. Worth a visit. Sorry I waited so long.

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Pennington, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

If you are in Philly and you like art...this is a collection not to be missed. Amazing. It is extraordinary that so much fine art was in an individuals collections---how great that it is available for all to see. Tickets are timed so reserve well in advance to get in when you want to.

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New London, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Very gracious staff, visitor- friendly, beautiful building, and see the introductory film for an informative orientation. Very classy museum.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

It was a perfect morning to visit the Barnes at the new location on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. We bought tickets at the door which are $22 for adults during the week anD $25 on weekends. Purses and bags are inspected and all coats are to be brought down stairs to coat check. Albert Barnes started the foundation in 1922... More 

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Bronxville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The collection is mind-boggling, especially as it was assembled by one man. Earlier that week we saw the Matisse cut-outs at MOMA in NYC, so it was a particular pleasure to revisit one of his great installations, as well as so many other works by him. This is a world-class gem, and should absolutely not be missed - indeed, it... More 

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