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“Art lovers paradise”

The Barnes Foundation
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Ranked #2 of 443 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.
Waterloo, New York
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“Art lovers paradise”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

It was for this museum that we made the trip to Philadelphia. Unique, fascinating, comprehensive collection of 20th century European and American art. Mostly Renoir, Matisse, Cezanne, and Modigliani, but also many others. Be prepared to wait a long time to get back into the galleries if you leave for a lunch or bathroom break. Must order tickets in advance for timed entry (internet). If you love this kind of art, you must not miss this museum.

Visited September 2012
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Tacoma, Washington
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“Incredible Art Museum”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

I watched the documentary "The Art of the Steal" on Netflix and it made the visit that much more enjoyable. We paid for the docent tour, but the docent was a retired criminal defense lawyer who loved art. The docents we had in Rome had art history degrees and were much more helpful.

Visited October 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Great Museum”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

I had been skeptical when the move was announced. After seeing the documentary on WHYY, I decided to go to the museum. I was impressed. Although the building is sleek and modern, the exhibit rooms displayed the collections as they had been in Dr. Barnes' mansion. A must see.

Visited November 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Don't miss this new location for the Barnes. It was wonderful and everything was displayed as it was in Dr. Barnes' mansion.

Visited October 2012
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Palo Alto, California
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“A must see”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

I had seen the Barnes Foundation collection in it's original location about 15 years ago. It has truly been reassembled exactly as it was. The new location is very convenient and restfully designed and landscaped. Timed tickets ensure that it is not too crowded and that you can see all the art. I only had 2 hours and wished I could have spent more time.

Visited September 2012
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