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Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: +1 215-278-7000
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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.
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The museum is very attractive and laid out. It has the largest collection of Renoirs in the world. There is also paintings by Goughan, etc. and beautiful furniture pieces, etc. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The museum is very attractive and laid out. It has the largest collection of Renoirs in the world. There is also paintings by Goughan, etc. and beautiful furniture pieces, etc. I did not like that the works are grouped according to Barnes original organization which he left no explanation for. Furthermore, the top painting, etc. could not be viewed easily.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I went to this gallery due to several friends recommending it and I am really pleased that I did. I'm fairly conservative about art, I either like something or I don't normally. I paid a bit extra to be taken round by a volunteer guide and it was worth the money as she showed our group a whole new way... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Drove in only to find they use timed tickets and I would have to wait 2 hours or I could pay extra for a bypass ticket $35. Walked out. Staff was incredibly arrogant. I won't be back; nothing they have is worth this hassle and extortion.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Barnes had quite a collection and I believe [at least] the bulk of it is housed here. Likely not as impressive as many larger museums, but when you consider most of it was collected by one guy, it is pretty impressive. The story behind the Barnes collection (I believe there was an HBO documentary about it) is quite interesting as... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

So many Renoirs and Monets that I have never seen, and all one one place. The arrangement of the various paintings were part of the visual beauty. The hinges and various hardware added to the symmetry of the presentation. We really enjoyed the exhibit and would highly recommend it to any art lover.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

what a great way to enjoy wonderful art. the rooms are set up to make it easy to study all of the artists. when in philly don't miss this.

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Arcachon, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

According to mark Dion the incomplete naturalist the frames are hanged with logic To us it seemed a little too much but the master pieces of art are huge especially the Matisse and the Renoir

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Terrific art museums that focuses on a private collection of Impressionist art arranged in abstract order together with decorative items. Many paintings by Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Matisse, Monet, and other artists from the era of Impressionism.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Before I begin this review, I recommend anyone considering visiting this site go and watch the Art of the Steal (2009) a documentary on the Barnes, I can't emphasize *before* you go enough. Once you see the film you will understand the hypocrisy behind this amazing but now tainted exhibit. The art itself and the presentation and history behind the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

If you want to see the best impressionist art in the world go to the Barnes. Amazing and one of a kind collection that is beyond compare.

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