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The Barnes Foundation

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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...more
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2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
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The "new" building houses the Barnes Collection of over 1000 impressionist artworks. The collection has been located in replicas of the rooms from the original house. The collection is well worth the cost to visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s like Mr Barnes went to Renoir and said how much for everything? The quality of the collection is amazing and the new museum to house it is wonderful as well

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Barnes Foundation building is worth seeing even from the outside. The landscaped area and water features are very effective with the reflections cast on the pool surfaces. The entry fee is expensive. The collection is rather eclectic illustrating one man's taste and preferences. Renoir...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were a little skeptical about going even though it's the #1 rated attraction in Philadelphia at the time we went anyway. But if you're a fan of impressionism, and don't mind the pricey admission, you should go. I'm not highly knowledgeable about art and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank WorkingMyBucketList
Reviewed 6 days ago

I've been to The Barnes on several occasions, and it's always enjoyable. Their vast collection of art and the way the art is displayed just blows me away every time. You need to reserve at least 2-3 hours to really savor this place. Special exhibitions...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank janhope22
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Barnes Foundation is a remarkable place to view the art collected by its founder Albert Barnes.The art from the former location in Lower Merion, PA has been moved to a new building along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway where other important museums are so having...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Barnes is one of a kind. It houses the collection of Dr. Barnes who was one of the principal private collectors of impressionism and post-impressionism art as well as assorted artifacts from Africa and Asia. The collection used to be housed in his residence...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Barnes collection of Impressionist art rivals the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. Recently, we went to see the current special exhibit devoted to the work of Berthe Marisot. Beautiful, Amazing, I could on, but you should see it for yourself. We discovered Marisot last summer...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TeamMan
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best collections of Art available in the US. Meticulously curated to supply natural lighting while staying true to all that Barnes had created the collection to be. Also wonderful additional traveling shows complete this American Original. If you skip all other Fine...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank TheLancasterBandB
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Barnes Collection is one of the most amazing art collections in the world. It's a must see if you come to Philly. Watch the movie The Art of the Steal before you visit so you can understand how the collection ended up in Philadelphia.

Date of experience: December 2018
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June 7, 2018|
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There is usually plenty of street parking during the week. We prefer to park in the lot of the foundation - outdoors easy ground access in and out - $10 for members covers 4 hours. Pay inside the Museum to get ticket... More
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I believe they are open most holidays except for July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
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Hotel in PA - between Barnes Foundation and Longwood Gardens (11 Replies)
Hello, Two couples are planning a weekend trip from the NYC to PA (by car), i.e., visiting Loongwood Gardens on Saturday, stay overnight in the hotel, then visit Barnes Foundation and Rodin Museum in Philadelphia on Sunday and drive back to NYC. What hotel would you recommend staying for one night? Preferably, somewhere in between these two attractions. Thank you in advance for your help.
May 18, 2018|
Response fromMike E|
A recommendation would depend on what your plans are. If you’re going to stay late at Longwood Gardens, there are hotels not far from there. If you are up to it, there are hotels on the way to Philadelphia and around the Barnes Foundation. It should take you about an hour to get from Longwood Gardens to Philadelphia depending on your route. To me, it would be tough to drive from NYC to Longwood Gardens, spend the day there, and then drive into Philly. I’m sure you’ll choose the option that is...More
5-day Trip to Longwood Gardens & Beyond (12 Replies)
Hello, I'm contemplating a trip to Longwood Gardens in the middle of April and I'm thinking of spending about five days in that region "seeing the sights." I plan on visiting Winterthur at the same time. I will include the Barnes Foundation if I can get tickets the end of March - I understand that you have to reserve your tkts 60-days in advance but at the moment, I'm not willing to commit to getting tkts that far in advance! I'm thinking of visiting Lancaster and the Amish area...More
February 16, 2009|
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Such a great area - you will find lots to do! A good website to start with is thebrandywine.com.
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Wanted - a great restaurant for a special anniversary dinner (7 Replies)
We're thinking about coming down from NYC to the Philadelphia area to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary with a visit to the Barnes Foundation -- probably our 10th or 12th visit over the years. But we want to find a very special restaurant for our anniversary dinner -- superb food and great atmosphere. Price is no object. (We'd be flying to Paris or Rome, but are concerned about catching H1N1 on the flights.) Can you help?
October 10, 2009|
Response fromrocknroll52|
For a very special meal, consider any of these Vetri Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Le Bec Fen XIX at the Bellevue