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“Incredible collection of Impressionist art”

The Barnes Foundation
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Ranked #2 of 445 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.
Rye, New Hampshire
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“Incredible collection of Impressionist art”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

I was not prepared for how many outstanding paintings from Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse and many other Impressionists are there - in such an interesting and beautiful setting. Impossible to take it all in in one visit. We will return - hopefully soon!

Visited October 2013
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“New amazing building”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Set in the new building this collection is amazing. we had a guide going through three of the paintings at length. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, he spoke very clearly. This part of the visit lasted about an hour and thirty minutes, well worth doing. The museum is very easy to follow, the way it is set up it is almost impossible to miss any displays. The little guides in each room were very helpful, some were a little damaged and would need replacing.

Visited October 2013
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“Worth every penny”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

Spent Thursday afternoon. Wasn't too crowded. Loved the "ensemble" concept and the iPod narration. Three hours and we comfortably saw the entire collection. Great experience.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

We travelled to Philadelphia to visit the Barnes. Aware of its somewhat eccentric rules we contacted them well before by e mail about booking a $45 docent tour. They were very helpful and the tour was booked. We arrived at 9.30am, an hour ealy and thought that the building was closed as both web site and an external notice gave opening at 10.00am. The gate keeper said it was open and to go ahead. We were greeted with enthusiam and encourage to check our bags downstairs, have a coffee etc and examine the exhibit of Mexican pottery whilst we waited. Time passed quickly and we assembled in the impressive outer hall to the galleries just before the due time. again we were greeted and joined our docent party; there were two others. The tour was excellent, the docent went way over the allotted 90 minutes and was very knowledgeable. We took lunch early, a good idea as the cafe is very busy, and whilst service was erratic the food was fine and we needed a rest. Back for a self guided with the i-player, included in the cost, there was a slight problem with the gallery's capacity at about 250 so that a line formed and entry depended on those leaving.

Do not be put off by any small difficulties this is a magnificent museum with paintings of the highest quality from the vast array of Renoir, Maitisse and Cezanne but also exceptional works from Seurat, Rousseau and Picasso. An example of both his Blue and Pink periods are breathtaking and worth the trip by themselves.

Visited October 2013
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New York
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“the move was a success”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

The last time I saw this collection was when it was still in Lower Merion. It is now in a great location, close to the PMA, close to the center of the City. The collection is wonderful and overwhelming in its complexity. So happy to see the works again and to know that it will be easier to see it in Philadelphia than in its first home (despite its quirky charms). Book ahead, it can get crowded or sold out.

Visited October 2013
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