Barnes

Barnes, Philadelphia: Hours, Address, Barnes Reviews: 4.5/5

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Viola B
Phoenix, MD40 contributions
Lovely day left a wonderful "impression"!
Oct 2021
There is a wonderful app for your phone at barnesfoc.us. You point your phone at any painting and it gives you the information. So wonderful! Much nicer than using the audio tours. It allowed us to wander at our own pace and look up information on specific paintings or art. The staff was incredibly helpful anytime we had trouble with the app.
We toured the rooms on the 1st floor, then took a lunch break and then toured the 2nd floor. A stop by the giftshop at the LL was fun as well,
We were fortunate to stumble upon a lecture on impressionism that was starting in a few minutes as we passed the lecture area. Oh my-- what a skilled presenter!!! Very interesting information on the origins of impressionism.
Lunch in the Garden Cafe was a lovely experience. The food was delicious and the surroundings serene. We were seated along the glass wall and my view was of the garden and reflecting pool.
Two of my most cultured friends had mentioned the Barnes during a dinner we shared in NYC. Both had commented that it was their favorite museum in the world. I certainly appreciated learning about this. It was a perfect day trip from Baltimore. We plan to return and enjoy it again.
Written 11 October 2021
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Yunah K
72 contributions
Amazing museum. Highlights Tour is definitely not worth the $$.
Sep 2021
Beautiful museum. But the $22 (for members, $45 for non) Highlights tour was not worth it- there are MANY tours being conducted on Saturday- very hard to hear the docent. Also, the intellectual level of the tour was best suited for perhaps a middle school student. I was expecting more since the price was high, but I've been to many free docent tours at other museums that were far more interesting. And if you are a member, make sure to pay parking BEFORE you leave to get the discount - otherwise, you'll have to pay regular rates at the gate.
Written 29 September 2021
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David S
Alexandria, VA425 contributions
Great impressionist art, but almost too much of it!
Sep 2021
I believe this museum has something like 180+ Renoir paintings. Not sure how many it takes to make a good museum of impressionist art, but I'm pretty sure it's not that many. Lots of Manet/Monet/Picasso, etc. as well. If you like impressionist art, you will absolutely love this museum although you may well get tired of it long before you finish seeing it all.
Written 19 September 2021
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An0nyMs
Tucson, Arizona1,043 contributions
Basically requires a smartphone or tablet (sigh)
Sep 2021
Going to a great art museum is almost like a pilgrimage for me (seriously :). I can spend hours -- while other people breeze through, hardly stopping at all. I read the label next to a painting I like, learn what I can from it, then maybe look for a quite a while. The Barnes has paintings crowded in and stacked toward the ceiling (the way Dr. Barnes intended, I guess) so there's no way to identify or explain works with labels on the wall. The solution they have is a website that you open on your smartphone: You point the camera at a work, then see details. There are good and bad things about that.

A nice feature is that they'll email you a list of the works you scanned. A downside is that, on an Android phone/tablet, you're required to use the Chrome browser. Several tech columnists at major media outlets have warned never to use Chrome because Google steals so much personal information from your phone/tablet. (I use Firefox and the DuckDuckGo privacy browser.) The Barnes doesn't give you a choice.
Written 13 September 2021
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AnnArborMichigan
Ann Arbor, MI174 contributions
Beautiful building and the collection is worth seeing
Aug 2021
I've been wanting to visit this museum since it opened, so was thrilled that I had the opportunity. They are maintaining excellent Covid precautions. The museum has an amazing app that gives you information about each item in the collection just by using your camera. (You can connect to the wifi.) Then, you get an email of everything you scanned for continued reference.
I'm a Renoir fan and definitely saw many works that were new to me. If you love early American furniture and craftsmanship, you will love this museum!
Written 29 August 2021
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Mary C
Randolph, NJ97 contributions
An amazing virtual experience!
Aug 2021
This museum visit included an app that allowed one to aim your iPhone camera at a painting and immediately get the information right on your device. It was an exceptional experience!
Written 23 August 2021
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TBSMKS
Northbrook, IL3,148 contributions
Unbelievable Collection
Aug 2021 • Couples
This museum packs a punch - it is filled with so many beautiful paintings. The paintings are laid out pretty much as Mr Barnes had them laid out when he they were in his private collection. The strange metal objects interspersed have no relation to the pictures - they are just metal objects he liked collecting like the buckle from a Conestoga wagon. There are no brochures describing the exhibits - just hold your phone up to the QR code and like magic descriptions appear. If you enjoy Renoir, Van Gogh or Matisse etc please visit- it will be a most enjoyable couple of hours.
Written 22 August 2021
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Phillip T
Philadelphia, PA4 contributions
Crammed with art, too popular for leisurely viewing
Mar 2021
The Barnes Collection at the Barnes Foundation is eclectic (Dr. Albert C. Barnes knew what he liked) and idiosyncratic (his "ensembles" are room-sized collages: French Impressionist paintings, wooden African carvings, Pennsylvania German furniture, iron escutcheons, etc.). The building on Philadelphia's "Museum Mile" makes for a nice setting, but the galleries are crammed, so you may want to explore the collection via the online catalog -- high res, searchable by multiple objective and subjective dimensions, with metadata (artist, year, size, location, etc.).

The first floor has the entrance, a restaurant, main collection (14 galleries), flexible exhibit space, and a sunny central court with rest-your-feet seating and lectures. The second floor has more galleries. The lower level has restrooms, a staffed coat check and self-serve key-lockers, gift shop, lecture hall, and American Southwest pottery and silver/turquoise jewelry. Pandemic adaptations include mandatory masks, timed entry, and capacity limits (in each gallery, use your ticket's bar code to scan in/out); if necessary, docents will keep the crowd circulating.

Apart from the collection and tours thereof, the museum also hosts classes, lectures, musical performances and philanthropic balls.

In the vicinity: Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences, Parkway Central Library, Rodin Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Written 21 August 2021
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Mitchell S
Bethesda, MD489 contributions
Finally made it here
Aug 2021
Docents were excellent; please engage them. Told they have the largest collection of Renoir's and he's one of my favorites. See if you can find my favorite piece by De Mazia whom I had never heard of. Hint is sailboats.
Written 9 August 2021
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jeff f
Ambler, PA742 contributions
A must see museum
Aug 2021
Tremendous exhibit of some of the masters. There are no explanations of the paintings so it is essential to get one of the guided tours to understand the history of the collection and the reasons for each piece and its location.
Written 7 August 2021
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