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“For someone who is not a "museum person" this was a fun way to spend an afternoon”

The Barnes Foundation
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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.
Philadelphia, PA
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“For someone who is not a "museum person" this was a fun way to spend an afternoon”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

The building is beautiful, inside and out. The collection is amazing. The way the collection is curated is fun for someone like me, an art novice. I really enjoyed our visit. Make reservations in advance!

Visited November 2013
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“Fabulous Collection But Too Much Art in Too Little Space”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

There is no doubt that this is a wonderful collection of art. Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Rousseau and many other impressionists and contemporary artists. If you haven't been to Paris, Chicago or New York, this is a wonderful place to see the various artists. With apologies to Dr Barnes, I think the art loses something when so many pieces are crammed on all four walls of a small room. Definitely worth a visit though.

I applaud the fact that the museum offers audio guides with the price of admission. Be mindful however, that you can't carry a small coat around the collection. We had to go back to coat check because we weren't alerted to this constraint.

Visited November 2013
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“A stunning collection!”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

We loved the 181 paintings of Renoir, plus the other gems of Picasso, Monet, etc. that adorn its walls. Worth a 2nd visit, just to see this awesome collection. The Foundation has done a superb job in presenting its masterpieces in a very enlightening way, combining the visual with the educational. Coincidentally, #181 of Renoir, "The Luncheon of the Boating Party" is my favorite.

Visited October 2013
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New York City, New York
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“An Outstanding Museum”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

This is one of the great museums of the country with a fabulous collection of Impressionist works and a great representation of other artists like Matisse. The works are hung or arranged exactly as Dr. Barnes intended. It may not always be immediately clear why he intended to create certain ensambles, but at times you can discern the subtle and variegated relationships he wished to highlight in terms of color, line, texture or theme. He wanted to focus the viewer's attention less on the name of the individual artist or the title of the work and more on the work itself and its relationship to other works. Therefore the artists' names are never prominently displayed. However, each room has a guide which will identify artists, their works, and their dates.
We used an audio guide. I did not find the commentary particularly useful or helpful. The best way to approach the art is to view everything with open, fresh and unbiased eyes.

Visited November 2013
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“The new location”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

This is one of the great collections and happily, the new building retains the unique flavor of the Barnes. Enhanced as it is by excellent lighting it is now easily accessed.

Visited November 2013
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