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The Barnes Foundation

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Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
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10:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth-...

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.

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Like no other museum! A visit here will surprise, delight, educate, inspire!

The Barnes Foundation brings you close to the artists, and teaches you how to see and look at art. The rooms ask you to contemplate and linger, it is an immersion experience. I... read more

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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If you want to see beautiful art mixed up with oddities this is for you. You are told the original owner of the collection left specific hanging instructions that were absolute and rediculous and then you have a pretentious staff to make sure you don't question this mysterious order..

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The Barnes Foundation brings you close to the artists, and teaches you how to see and look at art. The rooms ask you to contemplate and linger, it is an immersion experience. I was stunned when i entered the first room - the vision of Mr. Barnes the art collector is palpable, how he juxtaposes the paintings and creates meaning.... More 

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Been there twice with kids and without I love the free audio that is narrated by the best scholars in the field of their research and not by a professional narrator An amazing collection of drownings

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Unbelievable experience. If in Philadelphia don't miss it. The most impressive collection outside of Paris

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took our family of 12 to the Barnes for a group tour. The family had no idea as to the extent of treasures held within their walls. I would recommend this place to anyone who enjoys art museums. I would especially recommend this for a family outing. Group sales department could not have been nicer in helping us arrange our... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had never seen so many Renoir's in one place! The iron works are unusual and interesting as well. The preplanning for tickets required is worth it. Go and have a great experience. Had lunch across the street at Whole Foods.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This review is slightly misleading as I have never been to this site. I have however, been to its original location in Lower Merion before it was stolen by Mayor Nutter and Governor Rendell and moved to its current home in Philadelphia. The exhibit itself is awe inspiring with thousands of pieces to see it can be different each time... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love the Impressionists and had been looking forward to seeing the Barnes Collection for years. What a disappointment. The collection is displayed with no rhyme or reason and some of the paintings are so high on the wall they are difficult to see. Others are hung in spots that you have no good angle to view. There is no... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is really quite special. The collection is stunning and even though I'm not an art expert, I seem to remember and know enough about some of these artists. It is such fun to try to understand the logic to the compilations. I listen in on yours most times I visit and always learn something new. The staff was... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am so glad that they managed to bring this incredible collection to this new location. It was so difficult to view before and I always had to do ti in stages anyway. Now the space is open and inviting and the collection, which is truly remarkable, can be better appreciated.

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