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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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Make sure you get the audio tour it really helps to understand this unique collection. We noticed that the guided tours seemed to rush you through, but our self guided audio tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Make sure you get the audio tour it really helps to understand this unique collection. We noticed that the guided tours seemed to rush you through, but our self guided audio tour was nicely paced. The building is as beautiful and the art!

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Mohegan Lake, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Wonderful replication of the original museum. Wonderful display of 'balanced' art. The doc3nts added a great deal of incite. Don't miss the video on the life of Dr. Barnes.

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Huntingdon Valley, PA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Had lunch here recently (soup and quiche) and it was excellent. Not inexpensive, very nice atmosphere. Hightly recommended.

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Newark, Delaware
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I love that Barnes bought what he liked rather than what the critics said he should like. Amazing works by Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso et. al. along with metal works. He seemed to like hinges and old tools also. They provide an audio tour via iPod at no additional cost. One pompous docent was rather snooty when I accidentally crossed the... More 

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Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

An amazing exhibit. Really liked the I-touch 'tour' that is included in the admission price. Lower cost street parking was available on Saturday. Lunch at Whole Foods, across the street, worked out well.

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Arlington, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Go if you like post-impression art. Learning about Dr. Barnes and his fascinating collection is well worth the time. I'm glad they moved this collection into Philadelphia. The collection is displayed exactly the way it was in Dr. Barnes' home in the suburbs. It's just more convenient now and will be shared by more people.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Great location, awesome collection. Have to get used to the idiosyncratic placement of painting and other objects. Hard to see small paintings that are up high. Not enough artificial light.

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Burlington, Vermont, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Make a reservation and go! Lovely from start to finish. Incredible building. Love the juxtaposition between crafted iron/brass/metalworks and the painted arts. Had lunch in their darling restaurant, which was more than I normally would pay for lunch, but quite reasonable for a museum. Look forward to visiting next time I am in town. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

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Rutherford, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This museum was great. But if you're looking for more then paintings and some furniture and select sculptures then I'd go somewhere else. But I loved it. I spent over three hours there.

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Santa Fe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I had mixed feeling about visiting the museum after watching the documentary about the collection's move. The experience, however, was just amazing. I took a guided tour, which was very helpful in glimpsing Barnes' vision of art. The artwork itself is breathtaking. I thought I had sensory over-load when I was done spending time at the museum, but as I... More 

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