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Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: +1 215-278-7000
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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.
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we spent three hours at the museum and happened upon some docent-led tours that were fantastic. The rooms mimic the rooms of the original Barnes are are kind of quirky and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

we spent three hours at the museum and happened upon some docent-led tours that were fantastic. The rooms mimic the rooms of the original Barnes are are kind of quirky and constricted in size, but we were blown away by the quality of the collection: Matisses and Cezannes and renoirs and Demuths, etc

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The Barnes Foundation is one of America's preeminent collections of Impressionist and Post Impressionist artists. It was collected by Albert C. Barnes, who developed a unique view of art education. There is an endless display of paintings by Renoir, Matisse, Cezanne, Modigliani, de Chirico, Prendergast, and other greats. I highly recommnd taking a tour where you will learn about Dr.... More 

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New Egypt, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful place to visit. I would suggest getting on a tour. while there are books to identify everything We found it much easier to locate everything

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piemonte
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

A huge collection of paintings , iron objects , furniture, and more in this new building . The building itself is too rigid and gives the feeling of cold but the collection deserves a visit. Maybe too many Renoir and I thought he was too repetitive and maybe to lucrative to paint in the last years only to make money....... More 

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Either you know the fascinating history of the Barnes, or you will learn it when you visit. Either you know and love Renoir and Cezanne and other famous European painters of their time (or the lesser-known American Charles Demuth or the Russian Chaim Soutime), or you don’t. But your eye will be teased and challenged by the unique way in... More 

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Redondo Beach, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Had one hour to explore this Museum. Note closed on Tuesday . Free admission first Friday evening of the month. I bought my ticket on line but no email confirmation. So I wrote down confirmation number and presented at the front desk for my ticket Staff didn't have self guided tours for iPods ready when they opened and since I... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

I visit great art galleries in Euroope. So surprised to see this unique art collection in America. So well worth a visit. Downside is that Barnes collected these wonderful works of art to share freely but It costs $12 to get in. So his legisy has been ignored

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

I viewed the Barnes collection in Dr Barnes home many years ago - early 80s. I think the hotly contested move to the downtown facility, overall, is in the best interest of the collection and visitors. The collection itself is breathtaking and a few pieces are scandalous. Our tour docent had an off day which made us vow for a... More 

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The Barnes is THE place to go if you love and appreciate impressionism. Room after room of originals by the masters right on the beautiful Ben Franklin Parkway of Philadelphia. With the Phila Museum of Art, The Rodin, and the Barnes all within walking distance of each other, Philadelphia truly is an art destination city. Go, you won't be disappointed....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

If you have any interest in post-Impressionist Art, you definitely want to come to this smaller museum. Really. I literally stumbled across the Barnes Foundation while walking past it during a break on a business trip. It is the gift of self-made gazillionaire Arthur Barnes, who donated the large collection to the city on his death. Barnes had the talent... More 

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