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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 289 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

This has apparently gotten lots of chat since being moved into the city. Nothing really wrong with it, but I didn't find the presentation particularly interesting. Couldn't help comparing it to Boston's Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, and it isn't nearly as varied. Next time, I'll pass on this and spend the second afternoon also at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

One of the best places I visited in Philadelphia. I thought I was only going to see nice painting, however, I was impressed with the exhibits on both floors which belonged to Dr. Albert C. Barnes. I was also impressed with Dr. Barnes' background and accomplishments. He was born into a working class family. Studied medicine in Germany and developed... More

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The Barnes is the holy grail for Cezanne fans... Nearly 70 canvasses from every stage of his career. Perhaps his affection for the artist reflects Cezanne's rejection from the 19th century Paris art establishment, the way Barnes's taste for modern was scoffed at in Philedelphia. Barnes had the last laugh in that Cezanne is now recognized as the champion of... More

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Lenexa, KS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Excellent facility for a museum. Very nice collection. Guards made it clear to stay within the lines; to stay out of the three-foot edge of the room. Humorous to see guards reprimand (and irritate) guests who were barely standing on the line, even in areas of the room without any art to protect.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

If you went to the "old" Barnes Foundation in Merion, you will feel right at home. The galleries seemed identical...but in a more convenient, bigger building with more amenities. this is a true gem.

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Camas, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Building was new and beautiful. Collection was fantasti and varied. terrific , audio tour was informative. Renoir, Matisse, oh my... Just an outstanding collection. We spent 3 hours there when my general museum limit is no more than 2.

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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I think some might really enjoy this, it left me uninspired though. Seeing so many Renoir paintings gets repetitive. And the Pennsylvania German and other American antiques did not work for me as it is generally positioned around the French art. I thought I'd like it better.

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new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I made a special trip to Philly just to see the full collection of art in the new Barnes Museum. It was worth the trip as it is one of the great collections of Impressionist art. It is mind boggling to think that one person amassed such an extraordinary art collection.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Saw it all in about two hours but we have been there before when it was located in a suburb you may need three hours.

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WILMINGTON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing collection with artwork displayed as Mr. Barnes had done in original museum. Great detail has been taken to placement and groupings. There is so much to see and to reflect upon that your brain is on sensory overload by the time you leave. Enjoyed the free audio guide player which describes various paintings and groupings as... More

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