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The Barnes Foundation
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Day Trip from New Haven CT to Philadelphia by Rail
Ranked #2 of 457 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.
Reviewed September 16, 2012

This is a wonderful, state of the art museum. The indoors and the outdoors are beautifully planned. No one could have done a better job with this setting. Of course, the Barnes collection is internationally impressive. A must see for everyone in Philadelphia and for every visitor.

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Over and above the art - we arrived on Friday night we discovered an evening event with wine and great jazz.

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Reviewed September 15, 2012

A very nice collection of impressionist art and paintings. I enjoyed the gallery room style. I was in the first time slot on a Sunday morning when the entrance gate open inside the museum I went in the opposite direction of everyone else where I had whole gallery rooms to myself, nice surprise. Only grip is that you are not allowed to take pictures in the galleries.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

I have to say I had visited the Barnes in the original suburban site. Both that and this are thrilling.

First, the location is Parkway between 20th and 21st. This is close to Logan Square and the Art Museum. Tickets are easy to obtain online for most timeslots. $18 adults. Docent tours are good. I didn't use the audio guide this time.

Second, the building is beautiful Lush materials. Landscaping with water--somewhat Asian. Will be even lovelier when trees mature. Stunning design.

Basement of the building has large, lavish ladies room. amazingly miniature cafe counter (why not more?), good seating,and a great store. Bracelets amazingly affordable.

Main floor and second floor recreate the galleries as they had been in Merion Station. Feels a little weird to those of us who'd seen them there.

OK the art--wow if one could go on more than one occasion or over two days, it might help. It is so rich--so many Renoirs--like wading through the end of a hot fudge sundae. Good for anyone who loves Impressionism. Walls are hung very densely. Also Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani. Wow.

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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!

Thank TPAnRox
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