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“Such an unusual museum!”

The Barnes Foundation
Ranked #4 of 470 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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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 November 21, 2012

I loved this place-- I only gave it 4 out of 5 because it is very expensive. I would love to go again, but the cost will prevent me from going more than once a year. They had a lovely iphone app you could download and use through their guest wireless, so you didn't have to buy the narrator recorder. The descriptions were good and interesting-- i wish there were more. I visit art museums all over the place and was shocked to see how much was here. Don't miss this treasure--it's worth the $.

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

A fabulous art collection,. The new museum reproduces the layout and dimensions of the old building to the centimeter, and reflects Barnes notions of layout, so the space is crowded and the art hard to see. Would love to see a modern curator embark on a major rearrangement!

1  Thank jannamarie
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

The layout and facilities in this museum are absolutely wonderful. If you were at the original location you will be amazed at the similarity in the layout!

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

I still think they should not have broken his will and moved Barnes collection from Merion, but since it has happened, I had to go. Completely beautiful building and site on the parkway, and wonderful spaces for lectures, events, learning.

Amazingly, they have kept the look, feel and exact space and wall layout of the original Barnes. The original Barnes is the only museum I've visited more that twenty times, love the impressionists, and am so pleased the move to Philly has retained the essence.

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Anything I might say pales in the light of the collection An overwhelming collection of late 19th and early 20th century art

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