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“Some Fine Animals in the Barnes”

The Barnes Foundation
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Ranked #2 of 463 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.
Reviewed March 2, 2013

The move to a modern center city location has done wondrous things for this fine collection of Impressionist arts (along with the assorted modern pieces, ancient pieces, and cabInet hardware all thrown together in a somewhat random way). It all works in some strange cacophony. We also heard a free concert of tango music and dance. Great fun, great acoustics.

Thank Jim P
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

A terrific new addition to the musuems along Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Plan on spending the day to see it all. Have lunch in the Garden Restuarant in the Museum

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

You'll want to read the history of the collection to add to your enjoyment of the museum. It is a good collection of impressionists but incorporates a variety of art forms including such things as door hinges, chests, table ware, etc. Over a hunder Renoitrs and many Cezanne's.

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Incredible paintings and you can get so very close to them all!!! I would have liked to have more auditory on more paintings.

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

All politics aside, even if you don't agree with the decision to relocate this museum to central Philadelphia, you have to see the art for yourself. The sheer number of masterpieces, and the well thought-out arrangements (referred-to as wall ensembles) are stunning. The paintings seldom leave the collection except for conservation purposes, so they are not constantly rearranged or haphazardly displayed like in many world-class museums. In fact, I daresay that my first visit changed the way I looked at Impressionist and early Modernist art. I always preferred the Old Masters (of which there are a few superb examples at the Barnes itself), but now I'm not so sure anymore... Reserve your tickets weeks in advance, queue up on the free first Sunday of each month when advance reservations are not accepted, or pay a premium.

A few words of warning - make sure to use the bathroom before exploring the actual gallery space - if you briefly step out into the lobby and return, you will have to wait at the end of the crowd-control line to get back in (the number of simultaneous visitors in the galleries is very limited).

Thank vladb
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