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The Barnes Foundation

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Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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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Going through this museum is like having a fabulously wealthy friend with a very large art collection. It is more than the paintings/sketches/sculpture; it is the entire room. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Going through this museum is like having a fabulously wealthy friend with a very large art collection. It is more than the paintings/sketches/sculpture; it is the entire room. The original Barnes was in a suburban home and they kept that feel when they moved to the city. The difference is more natural light, room for guest exhibits, and the art... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Having seen the original location with the art displayed, it was quite amazing to see the new facility with the art placed as it was originally. The new location has lovely special events as well.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You will never see art of this caliber so intimately anywhere else. I highly recommend, it is quite breathtaking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the largest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist French paintings in the world. This museum is laid out in very manageable pieces for young and old alike as the paintings (and sculpture and artifacts) are divided into smaller rooms which allow you to move away from crowds and tackle the rooms and audio stops at your own pace. The... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Barnes museum is the most beautiful collection of impressionist art I've ever seen. An absolute must for lovers of this period of art. The building is laid out according to Albert Barnes wishes, and is an amazing journey.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The collection of paintings are fabulous! It was a well spent afternoon and worth the visit if ever in Philadelphia.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was an interesting museum because it had different types of exhibits from collections all put together and there were no distinct sections or labels for the exhibits. Visitors are encouraged to visit the Foundation's website, where they can listen to audio explanations of each of the numbered art pieces that are on display. Simple headphones are also provided for... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Barnes collection is the largest privately owned impressionist paintings in the world. It is houses in a beautiful and friendly facility. Resturant is excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Too much to talk about. You must experience it on your own. Barnes was a local collector who apparently collected everything he could get his hands on. He originally kept his art in a smaller building, but the location was changed after he passed on. And, against his will. So much for lawyers. But this building serves the collection and... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I can't say enough about the Barnes. They have done a wonderful job recreating the original rooms from the Barnes home. Has become one of my favorite museums in the city.

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