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The Barnes Foundation

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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...more
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2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
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Reviewed today

Take the time to really appreciate this brilliant collections. The arrangement of the art is quite fascinating . I didn't purchase a guided tour, but I eavesdropped on a couple tours and they were very interesting. Free talks are given throughout the day and were...More

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We visited the Barnes Foundation in July and it was amazing. Impressionist art. Renoir, Cezanne, vanGogh, aand much much more. Dozens of Renoir, great exhibits and information. We enjoyed it so much. And a beautiful building and very nice staff Terrific experience!!

Thank Dulce_NMTurtle
Reviewed yesterday

Disclosure, my husband and I aren't big art lovers but we do love the impressionists which comprises about 75% of this foundation's galleries. We spent about two hours here, art lovers could easily double that time. Extremely well done and the building itself is worth...More

Thank tgr333
Reviewed 2 days ago

Now that the debate about whether the Barnes should be moved has quieted, it's lovely to visit. The grounds are peaceful, and the Barnes boasts an important Seurat, several important Matisses, a nice Frans Hals, and many Renoirs. Definitely worth the two-hour visit.

Thank EmilyMartha
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a wonderful art museum. There's a good selection of work which is easily explained by reading the booklets in the rooms. Friendly staff

Thank Cosmopolitan794902
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Barnes focuses on a few significant artists extensively, with other artists and furniture/ephemera thrown in. The layout is fantastic, with no explanatory notation plaques next to the paintings. Instead, there are pamphlets showing the layout of each wall with the explanations on them. This...More

Thank DebraCo
Reviewed 4 days ago

Incredible place with a huge collection of Renoir, Modigliani, Rousseau etc. All presented enmasse on the walls as if in someone's sitting room. Every room has surprises in store. A must see for art lovers!

Thank alison22Manchester
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I first saw the Barnes Collection thirty years ago in its original location. Dr. Barnes must have been an interesting character. He grew up in a working class Philadelphia neighborhood, born in 1872. He developed an antiseptic that made him a lot of money. He...More

Thank Claire M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Barnes, a self made man, who made his money honestly, was a major collector of impressionists, particularly Renoir. It is a spectacular collection, hung the way he wanted and the way it was in the old Barnes Museum before the courts broke his will and...More

1  Thank Martin G
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were amazed at the collection of Renoir's painting both SR and JR. Also Matisse. Must be seen if you are in Philadelphia

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7 June 2018|
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Response from JeffreyGL48 | Reviewed this property |
Barnes free parking. But entrance difficult to find.
Sami L
24 May 2018|
Response from Milissa R | Reviewed this property |
I believe they are open most holidays except for July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
Melissa G
16 May 2018|
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Response from mikeforney | Reviewed this property |
2-3 hours