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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 550 things to do 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
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Wed - 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Dr. Barnes amassed during his lifetime an amazing collection of art including Renoirs, Cezannes, Seurats and Matisse. It is so worth the visit. Plan accordingly and reservations are highly recommended. The new museum on Ben Franklin Parkway is designed to showcase this unbelieveable art collection as Dr. Barnes intended. A definite!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Thank goodness for Albert Barnes, for I fear much of the post impressionist and early modern art would have been lost to the world if he had not collected it and brought it to the United States. Barnes' grouping and displays are reflective of his feeling for the collection. A must see when you are in Philadelphia. Also do not... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The Barnes Foundation was funded by the "wily ... flimflam" man (New York Times 2/23/15), whose funds came from the sale of Argyrol, "one of the most fraudulently advertised silver drugs" (Puckner, WA Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry JAMA March 17, 1928 p.849-51; Gaul, LE, Staud, AH Clinical spectroscopy JAMA April 20, 1935 p.1387-90). The Foundation continues to display paintings... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

I was expecting paintings from post impressionism..It had so much more. How the art is displayed was the most impressive, I might have seen 75 Renoirs. Who know door hinges and locks were attractive. A must see.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you have a few hours in Philadelphia you should spend them at the Barnes. It's hard to believe how one man was able to build such a marvelous collection. I am a big fan of Renoir and could have spent the whole day. The grouping of the art was as interesting as the art itself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

One of the best art collections I have not taken the time to enjoy. The New York City Met is an incomparable world class museum with a bit of the world housed within its walls. The Barnes collection is world class, period. The collection is eclectic and wide ranging and you can realistically spend hours inside quite unaware of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We took a tour with a docent who was wonderful. The collection is amazing, and so different from any place I am have been to. The new building is beautiful, as well. Fabulous must see !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I was there for a special event and the art, food and atmosphere was perfect. I loved the food and the people. the art was fantastic, and so much to see you have to come back a few times to see things that you have not seen the first time you came! If you like art and history this is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Stunning transplant from its original location. Beautiful building, the same amazing display meticulously reproduced and accessible. We purchased a membership so we could return and schedule when we wanted to go easily

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It has amazing collection of impressionists and post impressionists, such as works of Renoir and Cezanne, great works from Matisse, and some great Monet and Van Goghs paintings. Besides paintings, it also has old farm wrought irons hardware. The rooms are small with lots of paintings on each wall, according to the Barnes' wishes. The landscaping and the building is... More 

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