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The Barnes Foundation

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Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
Phone Number: +1 215-278-7000
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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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Impressionism at its very best! Do not miss the Barnes Collection! (Avoid the very crowded first Sunday of the month, however) Definitely a 5-star attraction!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Impressionism at its very best! Do not miss the Barnes Collection! (Avoid the very crowded first Sunday of the month, however) Definitely a 5-star attraction!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Barnes Foundation Museum is one of the top museums in the world. Not in any order- you have The Met, Louvre, British, Hermitage, Uffizi, Prado, Guggenheim(s) Tate, Moma,- and the Barnes. Large collection but far smaller collection than the megamuseums-and that's is it's genius- this museum alters the way one engages with art. This astounding collection of (mostly early... More 

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Hundreds of Renoir, and hundreds of other mostly impressionists, including Manet, Utrillo, Seurat, Cezanne, and many others, including Picasso. All grouped in "ensembles" unlike any other collection of fine art you've ever seen. The Barnes collection is a Do Not Miss treat when going to Philadelphia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum has an impressive collection of impressionist and modern pieces: several Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas, etc. as well as African and Asian art pieces. But what is most fascinating and cool about the museum is the way in which the pieces are displayed and the care Barnes took in creatively placing pieces together based on their relationships... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Barnes is a unique institution and has more Renoirs than you have ever seen before - plus some stunning Matisses and a fresco that Matisse painted especially for Dr Barnes. The current format had been meticulously repeated from the original setup in the original museum in the Philly suburbs. The Barnes also has a great gift shop which is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's hard to believe that one man owned all this art. We are fans of Impressionist art, and we've not seen such a collection before. We spent over 2 hours reviewing the art and could easily have spent more time if our schedule had allowed. If you want to see Renoir's, this is the place to go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've traveled internationally and this is truly a top 3 museum globally. The broad and extensive collection of impressionist art is tremendous and although the museum's setting isn't as nicely situated within an arboretum where it was initially housed, the new building is beautiful and very accessible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This summer, Philadelphia hosted several excellent exhibitions on African traditional and contemporary art, such as Creative Africa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (through January 2017). And further down the Parkway, the African art collection that Dr. Barnes assembled in the 1920s has long been a place of serious study. Given such visual riches, it might be well worth to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I understand the point Dr. Barnes was trying to make when he organized his collection of paintings. To the modern eye, however, his organization is a bit scattered and confusing. But, the sheer amount of paintings and the type of paintings are worth the trip. The Renoir and Matisse paintings are spectacular. Don't miss the few Van Gogh and Klee... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After years of legal wrangling the Barnes collection was moved into a beautiful new building in downtown Philadelphia. Over 100 Renoir's and multiple works by Cezanne, Picasso and other artists of that era are hung in the "ensembles" stipulated by Dr. Barnes along with wrought iron hinges and Pennsylvania Dutch furniture. It if visually amazing and overwhelming. Strongly recommend planning... More 

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