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“The Gem of Philadelphia!”

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.
Reviewed November 26, 2013

Even though the museum has moved, it was able to keep its charm! I have never been in any art museum that is as exquisite as this one! You can get up close and personal with the art work. And the way it is displayed is exceptional, mixing artists and eras, etc. It would be my #1 thing to do when in the city

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

I visited the Barnes Foundation Museum on November 16 - a chilly beautiful day that did the building justice. It's been a couple of weeks now and this delightful place is still in the forefront of my thoughts. I loved, loved the art. Even more, I loved Dr. Barnes philosophy about art... This collection is so amazing and memorable...do not miss it! This isn't a stuffy museum - one for all ages - hope I can return soon. Researching Dr. Barnes will help your appreciation...what a gift to all of us !

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

The collection and it's curation (the museum interior rooms are exact replicas of the original Barnes Museum and the work is curated as Barnes intended) are an experience like no other. So many impressionist paintings condensed into one place. Great museum experience.Great new building. Parking available on The Parkway. Many other museums in short walking distance.

The sad part of the whole thing, is that the City of Philadelphia and The Barnes Foundation board absolutely, unequivocally desecrated the Last Will and Testament of Alfred C. Barnes and ripped the collection out of it's suburban museum established by Barnes long ago. I recommend that one either watch the documentary The Art of The Steal about this theft before or after visiting the museum so you have the full context of what you are experiencing.

This is a tough one; the experience, kind of like stealing ice cream from a little kid. Of course you could just go and enjoy the art without knowing the history of the collection, but that's not as much fun in my opinion.

Thank Rocco A
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

The collection includes many masterpieces: 181 paintings by Renoir, 69 by Cezanne, 59 Matisse, 46 Picassos, 21 by Soutine, 18 by Rousseau, 16 by Modigliani, 11 Degas, 7 Van Gogh, and 6 by Seurat. All in the unusual display according to Mr. Barnes' specifications. World Class!

Thank Doug W
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Barnes Foundation is a vast and unique collection of (mostly) 20th century paintings arranged with functional (and carefully chosen) items like door knockers, hinges and furnishings, all of which have their own aesthetic merits, particularly in how they are displayed with the paintings. Unlike a usual museum or gallery space of a few, vast, white rooms, the Barnes has many smaller rooms that combine all the items for a different museum experience. Audio tour is highly recommended.

Thank BettyC60795
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