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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 via mobile

As part of our visit to Philadelphia we went to view the Barnes collection Surely the largest collection of Renoir in the world and possibly the one of the largest collections of Cezanne .The collection also includes many other wonderful example of other French and...More

Thank Terumah
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Was lucky enough to visit the Barnes Foundation in its original location several years ago. It was a huge hassle involving membership, reservations and inconvenient trip to the suburbs. Know that the move to the new location was controversial, but it makes this fantastic collection...More

Thank Kabob A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend this one of a kind mostly impressionist era exhibit in downtown Philly. An unbelievable collection of Renoir, Picasso, Miro, Matisse, Degas, Van Gogh etc. all displayed in a unique and overwhelming fashion which took some time to get used to. You will need...More

Thank Sanna M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Dr. Barnes collected an exceptional collection of art with emphasis on Renoir and Cezanne and with excellent early Picasso, Corot, Modigliani and Degas. He has so much art that it has to be displayed 3 or 4 deep. It is displayed exactly as he hung...More

Thank Judith M H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We loved visiting the Barnes today but don’t be fool and think you can tour it in 90 minutes. My husband and I spent four hours including a coffee break and still don’t feel we saw it all. This is the largest collection of impressionist...More

Thank Claucat
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Barnes Museum in its previous location was very unique and overwhelming. Here the art is beautiful but less personal than the old home was. Great to visit every few years!

Thank cynfis1956
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The museum is set up in rooms that recreate the original house. The paintings are set up just as they were in the home. There are no tags by the pictures so each room has a wall map brochure of what your seeing. The artists...More

Thank Jgchicag
Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited the museum in its original location over 50 yearrs ago and it was marvelous. the new location is nice and the art is still magnificent. I would recommend a visit to anyone who likes impressionism especially Renoir!

Thank Arlene S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Crazy impressionist collection. Stunning building. Lovely garden restaurant for lunch. Perfect date!

Thank Shira1234
Reviewed 5 days ago

No audio tours are available. Having to look up and down from the numerous pieces of art in each room to the printed guide provided in each room is tedious and the guide provides only name of artist and date. I almost left to walk...More

Thank NancyProvidence_RI
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Lisa T
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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