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“A must-see while in Philadelphia”

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 November 5, 2013

This is one of the nicest art museums we have ever visited. It is not overwhelming and is very intimate and cool.

It is fascinating to see such a wonderful collection up close and personal. It will only take a couple of hours as well.

If you are driving, there is a nice lot right in the back that is reasonable and easy to find.

We'd recommend getting tickets ahead of time.

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Reviewed November 5, 2013

The new Barnes is so worth a taxi fare, doubly so (yes) if you previously enjoyed the collection in its original setting.

Every single aspect and detail of the new Barnes is vibrant. The same paintings in the same groupings all take on new life. The Frick in New York came to mind. Even though differences outnumber similarities, the Barnes’s intimacy and overall quality also brought Mauritshuis in Den Haag to mind.

Do check ahead and reserve a time if you can. Do check for any short lectures that may be offered. I caught an excellent 20-minute one by chance.
Competition is strong from a traveling gourmand who has indulged himself in museums from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, across all of Europe, to the western shores of the U.S.

Dr. Scott says: Do yourself an ethereal favor, and enrich your spirit at the new Barnes.

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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Not to be missed during a trip to Philadelphia - An incredible collection of art, beautifully displayed. A treat for the eyes.

Thank Sallyhou
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

The new Barnes is a pretty cool place with much better illumination,hvac and public access The art presentations remain the same and they are a little odd. Barnes loved Cezanne, Renoir, Picasso, Modigliani, Prendergasts and others and there are an abundance

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Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

I have wanted to see the Barnes collection for a long time and finally got the chance. It is free the first sunday of the month. They give out timed tickets however. This starts at 9:00 the day of, make sure to be in line by 8:30 at the latest. At 9 you get your tickets for that day, whichever time you choose. They only let in about 50 people for each 1/2 hour entrance time. We were in line early enough to get 10:00 tickets, the first of the day. Once you are in you can stay as long as you like.
There is a Starbucks on the corner near the entrance if you need to kill a little time, which is what we did.
You have to either wear your coat or check it, no carrying allowed! The bathrooms are very nice. Good gift shop as well.
The museum collection was great, a little overwhelming with so many works. The paintings have only the artists' name, no other info unless you get the audio tour.
Great experience overall.

1  Thank DawnStone
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