We went to the Merion site a thousand years ago. Very odd, yet challenging in a good way. Some of the ensembles were baffling. "What was he thinking?" By design (and an embattled will) the museum froze Dr. Barnes' collection in time. The wonderful new setting (think "a building housing a building") improves public spaces and lighting and made the works more prominent. Thoroughly enjoyable for what it is. I did not mind the very involved security people--one clown touched a painting just seconds before security could remind him to "step behind the dark line." Reservations are limited--I would avoid 10:30am next time because there seemed to be several groups booked. I hope other TA reviewers might recommend better times. Leave the big bags/backpacks behind.
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