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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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A long-awaited visit

We went to see the paintings, but there is so much more. The building and its surroundings are excellent examples of urban architecture. Surfaces of walls, floors, ceilings vary... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to see the paintings, but there is so much more. The building and its surroundings are excellent examples of urban architecture. Surfaces of walls, floors, ceilings vary but are always harmonious. We started with lunch in the cafe, which was pricey but delicious. The service was excellent, but we were surprised to be served on recyclable plates and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The private tours and prereserved tickets are a must! This museum is so unique on the art, ops history and how it was collected. I can see why this museum is so well known in Europe already...the opportunity to see these works together in such a small venue is very special. Worth it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The richness of the collection exceeded our expectations ! The new building is very impressive and beautifully designed, excellent coffee shop as well. We downloaded the app with commentary and it was very informative. We spent 4 hours there and time went by quickly. Highly recommend!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had the pleasure of visiting The Barnes while in Philadelphia on business. It is amazing to think that every piece in this collection belonged to one person. The exhibits are interesting and displayed nicely in the gallery. While I enjoyed my visit, I think the experience could be enhanced by offering audio devices that allow you to dial in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The artwork is extensive and arranged so creatively. What a vision Dr. Barnes had for the pieces he collected over time. I am so happy I came to see this. The building itself is also a wonderful work of art. You MUST go see this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It may not look so incredibly inviting from the outside, but step inside and you will likely be transformed. A world of things to see and do for people of nearly all ages.

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The collection is amazing! I also appreciated how they organized the paintings on the walls. Everything has a significance..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Thank goodness the Barnes moved to this new site in Philadelphia. The building itself is a piece of artwork and the collection is a must see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The history of the Barnes Foundation is interesting all by itself, but the experience is so much more. If you think you have been to art museums before, you haven't been to this one. It is art to be appreciated, as well as art in a historical context. Dr. Barnes may have been eccentric, but he was clearly a genius.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

well organized place. the collecton especiallty o f renoir is beautiful. i am not an art expert but this collection is so beautiful even if you don"t "understand" art you will be impressed by this collection free every first sunday of month

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