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The Barnes Foundation

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Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
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10:00 - 17:00
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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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New building, same, even more, of the amazing Barnes collection. I had seen it out in Merion on a hot summer day, and it was hot & crowded. This new, modern space is very... read more

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New building, same, even more, of the amazing Barnes collection. I had seen it out in Merion on a hot summer day, and it was hot & crowded. This new, modern space is very zen-like, pools and trees indoors & out but within the walls. Lots of places to sit and a delicious cafe downstairs with fresh salads, and this... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There is a wide mix of paintings and sculpture in the museum, but there is a lot from Renoir (and Cézanne). There are booklets in each room that list all the artists and dates for each object. I was a little surprised at how many had been changed based on continuing research, which was kind of cool to see. I... More 

Thank Nathan C
Plano, Texas
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spent a wonderful afternoon with this collection. Gorgeous building. The vast number and unbelievable variety of pieces collected by one man is mind boggling. Be sure to catch the 10 minute overview of Barnes and then do some additional reading about this rags to beyond riches story, the litigation that embroiled the city about where and how to display this... More 

Thank Jane V
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Everything was perfect. I'm now in love with Renoir. I ate at the restaurant. I'm not a big salad fan, but they had 6, of which I got to select 2. They were perfect, as was the salmon. Raspberry tart was also tasty and large enough for two.

Thank Rubyrose324
Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was awesome to see so many paintings by the famous masters all together in one place. It is amazing to think that this collections belonged to one person.

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Brooklyn, New York
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This is one of the most fantastic collections of post-impressionist art - beautifully curated, arranged and organized. Take the docent tour and then go back and visit every room. Wow!

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my ONLY negative comment would be that you cant always just show up. they have to keep the population of visitors below a certain number, so sometimes you arrive and you arent allowed in. BUT you can solve this by calling ahead, or making a reservation/buying tickets. Once inside its a lovely collection of painting and iron works etc from... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing collection of art, and a stunning building/ mileu. So much art you've only seen in books and tons of artworks that you haven't! Don't leave Philly without seeing it- especially if you like Impressionism.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The space is absolutely gorgeous, and the contrast between the sleek, modern architecture and the older collection is really beautiful. The collection itself isn't the most exciting, but it's still a really great place to visit, especially as it's free entry for students!

Thank Brie K
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

visited here and was stunned by the gorgeous architecture and landscaping - however once you get inside the collection is bland late 19th - early 20th century impressionism mainly with quite a stale and elitist atmosphere. Had an okay time but would not run back anytime soon - there are much more interesting independent galleries!

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