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The Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
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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
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"new building"
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"amazing collection"
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"impressionist art"
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"private collection"
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Reviewed yesterday

I was impressed by the history of this collection that was originally intended to support the Lincoln University, when the Barnes was located in Marion, Pennsylvania. I'm not sure about the current relationship with the Lincoln University, but the art collection is broad and inclusive....More

Thank James D
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited the Barnes Foundation in downtown Philadelphia this past weekend and was absolutely blown away at their Impressionism and Post-impressionism art collection. For a true art lover, it would take days to digest the pure volume of paintings. We took a Docent tour with...More

Thank Cal512014
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An expensive and pretentious gallery. Many issues with enjoyable access to the art. Need to pickup a booklet in every room and turn try to find the art you are interested in in the booklet. Lots of nice pieces but there are many wonderful galleries...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Barnes Collection has a fantastic collection of artists. From Modigliani to Renoir to Matisse to Van Gogh to Picasso to Monet to El Greco, this is quite the collection. It also tells the story of his life, and how he got so much art....More

Thank Mateo S
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This location goes beyond its former Lower Merion location. The art is first class & the building's interior design & layout is exquisite. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I love 'house museums' like the Mauritshuis in the Hague and the Gardiner in Boston. I'm sorry I missed the Barnes when it was in Dr. Barnes' house in the suburbs, but at least they've kept the collection displayed in its original and eccentric form....More

Thank kippa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We live 45 minutes outside the City. However we became members because when guests came to visit they asked to go to The Barnes. So we go 3-4 times each year. It's cleverly done to repeat the way the collection hung in the previous (hard...More

Thank CandidMom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was told if visiting Philadelphia The Barns Foundation is a must. Art not being my passion I visited out of courtesy. Impressive external design. I entered the first room and took in my first Van Gogh, Renoir and Picasso. 4 hours later...I left having...More

Thank Visitingtonight
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first thought of the collection - besides WOW - was that Renoir must have been a friend of the Barnes family, since this is the largest collection of his works I’ve ever seen. The museum is fairly small, but the collection is one of...More

Thank Jonathan B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had visited the Barnes decades ago, and were pleased to visit again in the downtown location. The collection can only be described as amazing! On arrival we bought tickets, but first had lunch. The building itself is quite a piece of art, but not...More

Thank EC13091
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peasetill2
5 January 2018|
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Response from indianearth |
yes - check with the Barnes regardless, its an outstanding visit, I especially love the Matisse mural I have an iPhone as well so don't know
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Lisa T
12 September 2017|
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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
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Response from DocMc804 | Reviewed this property |
there is a coat and bag check.
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