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“Better than expected”

The Barnes Foundation
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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.
Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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“Better than expected”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

I was one of the skeptics that thought there was no way the Barnes should move from Merion to Philadelphia. I have been proven wrong. It is amazing. They did a fabulous job at recreating the Barnes of old into a modern structure. It is much better. The lighting is better, the temperature is better, the new and old mix very well. Overall better. Plus now they've started doing Friday night events in the main sitting area. They serve wine, beer, and some decent light fare. Had a ham and gruyere sandwich that was as good as any in a fine restaurant. The people sitting around were a bit unsophisticated, though, for they seemed oblivious to the quartet playing classical music, they talked loudly throughout the performance. I was tempted many times to tell them to shut up, but you know, I didn't want to lower myself to their level. You know the type, money and no class. I am looking forward to visiting the Barnes every Friday night - oh, yeah, and on Friday nights they stay open late. My guest room is getting used much more these days for all our out of town friends want to come see the new Barnes.

Visited January 2013
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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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“Overwhelming Experience”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

You need to order tickets sometimes weeks in advance but well worth the trip. We will be back. The galleries are jam packed with such beautiful works that you really need to go again and again to take it all in and experience each piece.

Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Barnes Collection”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

One of the most incredible collections of post impressionism and pre modern art curated by Dr. Alfred Barnes, it is an breathtaking collection. After many years of litigation, and against the wishes of Barnes, this collection was re-located to downtown Philly from Merion, PA, and now far more accessible to the public. Putting aside all the controversy, this is simply an amazing museum of art and was relocated and rehung exactly as it was displayed in Merion and how the owner wanted his collection to be viewed. Tickets are best purchased prior to your visit as only a set amount are set aside for same day viewing. My daughter and me had 11:00 am tickets and stayed until 4pm so we can just see it at our leisure. Itunes has a podcast you can download to view and hear about the "hi-lights" in each of the rooms, and saves you the $$ it would cost to get a/v guide they sell there. Just paradise for fans of Renoir, Cezanne and many more you will never see any other place. This collection does not travel!!

Visited January 2013
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“Beats Lower Merion”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

The new location is so much more accessible and logical. A gem among the other quality museums, this collection will please anyone who loves or is just interested in primarly impressionist work.

Visited January 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Great art in great building”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

We scheduled a trip to Philadelphia primarily to see the Barnes Foundation. We were not disappointed and would go back again. Recommend having the head set recording device as a way to learn more about the artists and art that are not "household names." Open on Friday nights with music. Excellent gift shop. Centrally located.

Visited December 2012
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