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“My Favorite Art Museum”

The Barnes Foundation
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$32.00*
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
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$56.00*
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Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo
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$329.00*
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Day Trip from New Haven CT to Philadelphia by Rail
Ranked #2 of 458 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 December 20, 2013

I've been to a lot of Art Museums and usually I get bored after an hour. Not at The Barnes Foundation. My friends and I spent a good 4 hours walking through every room and looking at all the art.

The museum is beautifully constructed and laid out very well. I loved that there weren't descriptions next to each painting, but that patrons could pick up a book from the various benches and take their time reading about the paintings.

Highly recommend checking this museum out if you're in Philly. If you only have time for one museum, go to The Barnes!

Thank rjl3045
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

If you love Impressionist paintings, this is a MUST VISIT! There are 181 Reniors here. Yes, I did say that,. It is so impressive to see these masterpieces in this elegant setting. The building is beautiful and the galleries are lovely. If you are visiting New York City, I definitely would recommend taking a day trip to Philadelphia to see this museum. It is a good idea to buy timed tickets in advance to avoid crowds and lines in season.

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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Having read about the Barnes we did a day trip from New York by train. What a wonderful experience ! A beautiful building with the most impressive art collection. The layout of the gallery is very easy to navigate . The number of visitors is controlled and makes for an enjoyable visit. We had a lovely meal at the restaurant afterwards and would recommend it very highly.

Thank NielStellenbosch
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Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

As a regular visitor at the original Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pa.,
I finally went to the Parkway. Surrounded by controversy; it still is, all about the art. A must for Renoir lovers, an eclectic showing of masterpieces, and an all out WOW.
Don't miss it!
Remember to book online and be prepared to wait in line.
It's worth it.

Thank catd411
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

If you have seen the documentary, The Art of the Steal, you will be very interested in seeing this collection in its new location. I was lucky enough to have gone to the original home as well. The new location is wonderful showcase for an incredible collection.

Thank Mulan88
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