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The Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
+1 215-278-7000
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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 unavailable elsewhere. Established as an educational institution, the Barnes carries out its mission teaching classes in its galleries and Arboretum.
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2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
+1 215-278-7000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I had read a lot about the Barnes foundation before coming to Philadelphia. But nothing I had read or seen could compare with my exciting experience in looking at this art. I stayed there for four hours. There was so much to see and do...More

Thank AlbanyMisskitty
Reviewed 3 days ago

Even if you don't love art, you probably want to find out what all the fuss is about...Cezanne, Matisse, Renoir, Picasso....So you need to come to the Barnes. Unlike the major museums of the world, you can actually spend a morning or an afternoon here...More

Thank JMDuende
Reviewed 3 days ago

We started our visit with a tour. It was extremely helpful. The collection is wonderful. I highly recommend a visit to the Barnes. They have more Renoirs than any other museum in the world. It's a beautiful building and the entire experience was incredible. I...More

Thank wheatgrower
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Philadelphia has its share of of popular museums, but this place is something unique. With a grand cafe and restaurant, it lives on a different level than the rest in the area. Mulit floor and multi room exhibits will take you the afternoon to navigate.

Thank Kev E
Reviewed 3 days ago

This collection is wonderful, the building is great and the grounds/gardens are beautiful, but the way they have chosen to exhibit and label the art is confusing until you understand it and makes the experience a little less than pleasant. None of the works of...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum is one of a kind. Pay extra for the early admission on a Sunday morning. There is so much to see and explore that one does not want to elbow around the masses.

Thank CapeJim
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It has been a good 35 years since I've visited the Barnes home on a class trip thru PCS. Getting to relive that experience thru much more mature eyes was a very pleasant experience. It didn't hurt that this fine collection has a wonderful air...More

Thank joeytd
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

More Renoir and Cezanne than any other museum in the work. Unique museum that presents the art in the exact way Dr Barnes displayed it in his home. The hinge collection from all over the world interspersed with the art and old Amish furniture truly...More

Thank bazelaggie
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

While I am always a bit reluctant to take European friends to visit museums in the states with few exceptions, I had no such worry when it comes to the Barnes. While the collection can be overwhelming, i.e too many Renoir's that are virtually the...More

Thank PhiladelphiaPhillip
Reviewed 6 days ago

Went to the Barnes Foundation with high expectations and it pretty much failed on every level. The collection is a handful of masterpieces (mostly late 19th and early 20th century) lost in a deluge of mediocrity. If you are a big Renoir fan (I'm not)...More

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February 26, 2017|
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Response from metoread2 | Reviewed this property |
I was there on a Sunday in January, but not first Sunday. It was fine, but by the time I left was beginning to get crowded. Because this Museum has small rooms, crowds are always a problem. On first Sundays, you need to get... More
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Response from stanley c | Reviewed this property |
Palomar; Sofitel; Warwick; Marriott; Inn at Penn (U Penn) ; VRBO.
July 6, 2016|
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Response from frequenteater | Reviewed this property |
yes - no flash though