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The Barnes Foundation

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Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
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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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one of the best in the world

love the museum and the way it's set up built based on the rooms and the way he had paintings in the house. world class collection of art

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

love the museum and the way it's set up built based on the rooms and the way he had paintings in the house. world class collection of art

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The collection is definitely impressive, but we were disappointed that the artists' names and the titles were not next to the paintings. I understand that Albert Barnes did not want viewers to be influenced by these factors, but it really helps the viewer to put the art into context and remember the paintings. Furthermore, the paintings are laid out in... More 

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Jersey Shore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We received a gift from friends for a private tour of this unique museum. Though knowledgeable about the Impressionists, we learned a great deal more during the 1.3 hour tour conducted by our fantastic tour guide, Cynthia. She was a font of insight into the nuances of Dr. Barnes, his intention and vision for the foundation and distinguishing the artistic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Barnes Foundation was originally housed in its owner's home in Lower Merion on the Main Line. You can learn all about the campaign to keep the art in Lower Merion in a documentary film. It was in a beautiful home, but it was difficult to get out there and also to get tickets unless you planned well in advance.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum is fantastic. Barnes had great taste, and we are the beneficiaries! Be ready to wait to get in.

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Collingswood, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Dr. Barnes extensive collection includes nearly 200 Renoir paintings and works from many other artists. The new facility is beautiful.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Been here multiple times with friends, children, and for business. Very impressive in each situation. I also toured the original Barnes before it moved and I am blown away by how they maintained the original ambience and presentation of the art. Well worth the visit. Business lunch and a dinner presentation were run well. Was there with my toddler another... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Barnes Collection is one of a kind, with a rich history and an impressive variety of art. There is something for everyone to see, from plenty of Impressionist and modern art paintings to exotic sculptures, jewelry and objects from around the world. The building itself features rich materials, and the contents of the museum are arranged in the same... More 

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Glen mills pa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Barnes is my favorite art museum. I have been there many times. This breathtaking collection consists of 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses. It also has works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian and Picasso — one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. It's best to make a reservation especially on weekends and holidays.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the pleasure of visiting the Barnes Foundation when it was on the Mainline on Dr. Barnes estate. Due to the extremely limited hours of operation, it was a challenge to get an answer on the phone, a challenge to get tickets and a challenge to fit the available times into multiple schedules BUT well worth it in the... More 

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