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.