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“Is there any art left in France?”

The Barnes Foundation
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Day Trip from New Haven CT to Philadelphia by Rail
Ranked #2 of 444 things to do in Philadelphia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Galloway, New Jersey
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“Is there any art left in France?”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

After seeing more Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, and other impressionist paintings and sketches in a small area than any other place I've been other than the Musee D'Orsay. They had a room of letters that explained how they managed to acquire all this European art. Plus the Dr. Barnes had quite a sense of humor as evidenced by some of the archived letters!

Visited September 2012
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“Barnes Foundation worth a detour and more in Philadelphia”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

The Barnes Foundation art collection featuring a treasure trove of Impressionists is now housed in an accommodating new accessible, nicely detailed museum . A reservation is a must,and allow half a day or more to tour the cluttered galleries. But try to get a bite to eat before, or after, because the basement cafe apparently was designed as an afterthought. As for hotels, not much in the area, but a short cab ride away for us was the always welcoming Radison Warwick. They try to please, and when our room proved too noisy because of the vending machine outside our door, we were moved immediately to a much larger room on an upper floor with a nice view, and for our slight troubles was given several vouchers for free breakfeasts, and happy hour.

Visited August 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Beware the Black Line!”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

This is a great museum and should not be missed. But beware the black line across which you must not step. I was told several times (rudely, too) to move back across the line on the floor so I wouldn't get too close to the paintings. I watched many other people get similar warnings. The problem: you must leave the safety of the black box to exit one room and enter the next...and on the way between rooms, there are paintings for you to see. So, if you stop to look, you risk scolding.

Obviously it's no big deal, but it is irritating to be shooed away from something you're trying to look at. And there is a lot to look at! Everybody in our family 8 years old on up to teen and adult enjoyed the art (the family audio tour was very good).

Don't expect to eat at the museum...looked like a waste of time.

Visited September 2012
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new york
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“Tremendous”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

So many beautiful works of art! If you are driving from NY and enter into Philly via the Ben Franklin Bridge, it is very easy to find the museum. The setting is lovely and I found that watching the introductory movie about the collection was very helpful. Quite coincidentally, I had watched "Midnight in Paris" the night before and I think that added to my enjoyment as much of Barnes' collecting was done during the time the Steins were in Paris. It gets a little "cozy" sometimes going through the exhibit, but it is still well worth the visit. The cafe there is also very nice, although it is a little pricey.

Visited July 2012
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“An amazing Collection”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Maybe the most impressive collection of French Impressionism in the world! One of a kind!! If you like Renoir & Cezanne you will see more of them here in one place than anywhere else. Barnes had an eye that was so far ahead of his time.

Visited September 2012
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