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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
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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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Outstanding Art Collection

After reading all the reviews, I was prepared for massive crowds at the Barnes but was pleasantly surprised to be one of only a few there; maybe because it was midweek. I quickly... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After reading all the reviews, I was prepared for massive crowds at the Barnes but was pleasantly surprised to be one of only a few there; maybe because it was midweek. I quickly asked when the next docent tour was - 5 minutes and I was the only one on the tour. The tour costs $20 more on your ticket... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had reserved a 1:30 docent tour. In the future, I'd probably opt for the less expensive downloadable app tour. (Our docent wasn't great -- I think she's probably fabulous at tours for third-graders, which was her main point of reference, but she talked to our all-adult group as if we were children; plus, she focused almost exclusively on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A lot of Renoir - in all stages. Excellent way to dissect his brush strokes as he aged. Also with a lot of Modigliani and Soutine. Amazing painting arrangements - distinctive wall ensembles which was an art in itself.

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I grew up in Suburban Philly so am very familiar with the original mansion and gardens. I hate the new facility. Cold, echoey ( if that's a word-the childrens cacophony from the entrance disturbed those in the relocated mansion) and peculiar. The effort to make it look like the old mansion with pictures of the prior grounds from the new... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 6 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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