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The Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
+1 215-278-7000
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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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  • Poor1%
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2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
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"new building"
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"amazing collection"
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"impressionist art"
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"original location"
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"lower merion"
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"private collection"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We called ahead and had a timed reservation. They did not tell us that part of the museum was closed for a private function. Disappointing. Not well managed. A waste of part of our time. We did see the second floor and that was good....More

Thank rogerjm
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Viewing this collection was a wonderful experience. It is by far the best small private collection I have ever seen. The docents were well versed on the collection and its history and shared this information in a relevant dialogue when approached. Lovely architecture with great...More

Thank Hedy F
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful "little" museum you can see in a few hours. Paintings are grouped as the founder intended them, and it's up to you to determine the relationships. The after hours tour covers just a few pieces of the collection, but it provides great background and...More

Thank Kim D
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Just a quick look at the Barnes' website will show you the ideas that shaped this collection and exhibition. If you're willing to take the time, you can approach art with new eyes. With so many wonderful (and some not so wonderful) works, you could...More

Thank Tom S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I first visited the Barnes as a student at St Joseph's College. We had special privileges there since we were located almost on the campus. Also, my wife took their excellent art program. It is still offered and as always, there is a waiting list....More

Thank ukysses
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Yes, there are more Renoirs here than you can shake a stick at but there is a serious lack of support for the visitor. Yes, you can pay an additional $30 per person for a tour, but if they provided better signage and annotations in...More

1  Thank NewYorkWendy
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Reviewed 4 days ago

So, in hindsight, visiting the Barnes Foundation AFTER spending 3-4 hours at the Philadelphia Museum of Art was a huge blunder....already on art overload and then trying to take in the AMAZING Barnes collection after that was a missed opportunity. So many masters, so, so...More

Thank Leoleorising
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A fan of the original Barnes Foundation location I was most impressed with the integrity of Dr. Barnes original lay out in this new location. Beautiful building that can now handle many visitors at once. We saw school groups among others easily being accommodated. The...More

Thank wreath
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Went to the last Barnes collection in Merion and was hesitant to revisit in its new habitat. However it has been done really well, the paintings are displayed exactly as Barnes had done there but with the addition of high ceilings and lots of natural...More

Thank Gill O
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I cannot believe the pieces in this collection. I saw Van Gogh's and Matisse's that I've never seen even in a book. I loved every minute.

Thank mjjcville
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mgismervik
7 June 2018|
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Response from Marguerite a | Reviewed this property |
We walked tot he museum. However, there is on-street pay parking nearby and on a week day there were spaces.
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Sami L
24 May 2018|
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Response from Milissa R | Reviewed this property |
I believe they are open most holidays except for July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
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Melissa G
16 May 2018|
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