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“Many good paintings”

The Barnes Foundation
Ranked #2 of 427 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 July 14, 2013

If you like Renoir, Cezanne, and Picasso, this is the place for you. It has many very good paintings. They are arranged in a peculiar way and the rooms are a little small for viewing paintings that are placed high up on the wall, but overall it's the many good paintings that are worth seeing.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Having been to the original Barnes in Merion several times I was impressed by how they recreated the interior Banes rooms EXACTLY as they were in Merion. The museum volunteer told us the paintings are all hung within 1/4 of an inch from here they were hung in the Merion Barnes. The new building has a large airy entrance. The atmosphere is serene and the art will blow you away! The sheer amount of masterpieces hung almost collage style is over the top. Not to be missed.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Having heard so much about the Barnes, it was hard to believe it could live up to expectations. It did. We were blown away by the collection. As my husband said, Barnes must have vacuumed up just about every Renoir and Cezanne in existence, not to mention the hundreds and hundreds of other paintings. In addition to the art itself, it's fascinating to consider the groupings of the art, metalwork, furniture, etc. that Barnes carefully arranged. It's important to buy your tickets ahead of time as they only allow a certain number of people in at a specific hour because the rooms are small (to duplicate how the art was arranged in his home.) As part of your ticket, you get an audio tour, which is worth doing as it helps you understand a little about this overwhelming collection. It IS overwhelming and to take it all in is hard. You could spend a whole day in just one room.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Where else can you see 20 renoirs, 10 goyas, 10 picassos. I'm not even an impressionist lover and didn't think i was going to love it. But it was amazing. you are able to get very close to the art and there are so many by each artist that it becomes a real learning experience.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I had been to the former museum in Merion in 1996. This is a wonderful museum with an amazing collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings from Cezanne, Renoir, van Gogh, Monet, Manet and Matisse. Make sure to make an advance reservation on-line to reserve your space. The replicated the original rooms from Merion, so they are somewhat small, therefore, the reason for the required reservations.

Thank Globalphile
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