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“Excellent Collection”

The Barnes Foundation
Ranked #4 of 469 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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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 March 9, 2014

This was a wonderful experience- quite a collection. it's not a place to take the kids but a wonderful museum and very interesting!

Thank pamkat40
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

a little pricey - $22.00, but you get to use an iPod for the audio tour. Great. The artwork was personally arranged to make sense - very different from a traditional museum

Thank Tom_B_NJ
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

The place is a little intimidating, but definitely worth a visit. It houses one of the finest modern and impressionistic collections in the world. The setting is also unique. The audio guide is excellent.

Thank Dale D
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

If you are looking for a different way to spend a Friday night a Recommend a visit to the Barnes. I was able to get a glass of wine and enjoy priceless works of art as they intended by the owner. This is more lively than you would expect a museum to be, especially on a Friday Night. I feel this adds to the charm of what this private collection was originally intended for.

I do recommend researching the pictures of the original Barnes Estate in Merion, so you can have a better frame of reference when you arrive. This will allow you to see how the art was originally displayed in the private home.

Thank David G
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

This is a class act museum--from architecture to collection. The new setting, which was hotly disputed, not only mirrors the prior museum, but opens the world-class collection to the public. Plan your visit and book early!

Thank FemaleBizTraveller91
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