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The Barnes Foundation

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Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
Phone Number: +1 215-278-7000
10:00 - 17:00
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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This was my first visit to Philadelphia, and the visit was specifically to visit the Barnes Foundation. I saw only half of it, as the Foundation is now truncated, with the... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was my first visit to Philadelphia, and the visit was specifically to visit the Barnes Foundation. I saw only half of it, as the Foundation is now truncated, with the horticultural part in Merion, the paintings part in Philadelphia and the larger philosophical intentions of Albert Barnes unclear - particularly in regards to art and education, and enjoying art... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited on a very wet day which meant we were in no hurry to rush outside! From a warm welcome on arrival through a remarkably well presented photographic exhibition we moved to thr main event. The main collection. We certainly appreciated the enormity of the collection and comprehensively detailed information available in each room. The only minor criticism for... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Maybe not as stunning as its original "home" in Merion but still quite spectacular. Of all the museums I've been to, I would rate this, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam as my three favorite museums. If you go to Philly, stop by the Liberty Bell, grab a Chee-Steak and visit the... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed this museum, with great collections of Renoir, Cezanne, Monet and more. The museum is free on the first Sunday of every month - go early for tickets!

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St. George, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Totally overwhelming to see this multi-billion dollar collection of old master paintings put beside modern ones in ensembles created by Albert C Barnes. The story of the acquisition of the art and the creation of these ensembles and their relocation to the current Barnes foundation building (and the political intrigue surrounding the move) is the most fascinating tale, stranger than... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been to the Barnes several times usually with clients or friends it's something to be proud of in Philadelphia My clients were from San Francisco and were very impressed with the collection overall The only downside is that it's always crowded But I'll be back to twice a year to share with friends

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful new space- much more room to enjoy the collection compared to its previous home. Got lucky on parking in a near by lot - amazing collection if you have never been--however, no need to return unless there is a special exhibit.

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Yonkers, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am a huge fan of Impressionist painters (especially Renoir). This collection is too beautiful to put into words.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Obviously, I've seen the old and the new. Can't tell the difference inside, except no mold smelll now. Wonderful recreation of a wonderful collection.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you love Renoir paintings, you'll love this museum. But if you love all of the other artists you'll find quite a collection of paintings from well know artists like Matisse, Soutine, Pascin and more. The collection also has lesser known outsider artists and tapestries and African sculptures. I enjoyed the tables and chairs from the 18th century which adorn... More 

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