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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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2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
+1 215-278-7000
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Reviewed yesterday

2017 is the 100th anniversary of Rodin’s death, and many exhibits commemorate his work. I went to see the Kiefer Rodin exhibit at the Barnes Foundation, just a stone throw away from Philadelphia’s own Rodin Museum on the Parkway. Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), like others of...More

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Reviewed yesterday

The Barnes Foundation is one of the most extraordinary art collections in the world. In a building designed specifically to house it in a way that its original owner decreed (and he had controversial and eccentric ideas). for example the paintings are displayed along with...More

Thank agosfield
Reviewed 5 days ago

We made a special visit to the Barnes. We had seen the traveling art back in 1995 in Toronto and now that the new museum is accessible in the city we came to see the the entire collection. The unique presentation of the art honors...More

Thank AmherstNY1
Reviewed 6 days ago

Just a gorgeous museum and collection. World class! Amazing Impressionists, but so much more. Each room has same unique arrangement of art as Barnes' original Merion mansion. Expensive ($25/person) - but FREE on first Sunday of each month. A must-see in Philadelphia! Need at least...More

Thank crosenbaum43
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If your optimal art museum experience is Renoir, Renoir, and more Renoir, this is the museum for you. Way overpriced for the size and depth of the collection.

Thank Jim C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Would definitely recommend treating yourself to a tour while here. Had time for a quick look around the gallery before mine began. This was as pleasant as any gallery, but the unique style and approach of the Barnes didn't really make sense until my tour...More

Thank Marieka86
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a treasure this place is. Wonderful impressionist art displayed in a unique way. Very impressive. Well organized. Clean and hospitable. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank studiompm
Reviewed 1 week ago

Eclectic presentation of a wide combination of art(painting/sculpture/furnishings). Just as Mr. Barnes had laid it out. Be sure to watch the film on the background of the collection. Amazing examples of modern art and how it evolved. One major complaint a museum rep officer ?...More

Thank mrdesign
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is really worth a visit. The story of the museum is fascinating and the collect is incredible. Very unusual and worth spending an hour or two. Loved it!

Thank conciergeinnewyork
Reviewed 1 week ago

Every room in this museum is chock full of art works--paintings, furniture, sculpture. Each room has a catalogue that lists the works by number. It was very relaxing to sit on a bench, browse through the catalogue, and relate each item to the art. It...More

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Lisa T
12 September 2017|
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Response from Sandy M | Reviewed this property |
The very best thing you can do is purchase a book on Mr Barnes himself. Read about what he wanted, why he exhibited the art the way he did, etc. He was fascinating. He stipulated in his will that the collection was not to... More
31 July 2017|
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Response from DocMc804 | Reviewed this property |
there is a coat and bag check.
27 February 2017|
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Response from metoread2 | Reviewed this property |
I was there on a Sunday in January, but not first Sunday. It was fine, but by the time I left was beginning to get crowded. Because this Museum has small rooms, crowds are always a problem. On first Sundays, you need to get... More