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“Better than the original”

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.
Boston, Massachusetts
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Better than the original”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

They got this one right. Despite all the controversy about the move, this new museum is incredible. The art itself is amazing enough (Renoir to the max), but the setting and 'ensembles' make it even better. Be sure to get the audio-guide (free if you have a smart phone; $5 if not.). GO!

Visited November 2012
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Western Mass
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Make sure to reserve/buy tickets well ahead of time”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

We have friends in the Philly art and museum worlds who rave about the Barnes. They forgot to tell us that currently (in Nov 2012), weekend tickets are booked weeks to months in advance. 5 stars based on their reviews and our time on the grounds and in the lobby spaces of the museum - worth the trip to see them on a calm, sunny 70 degree day in November. Reflecting pools gave shivers.

Visited November 2012
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Waterloo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“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
Thank Arlene J
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