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The Barnes Foundation

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Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3602
Phone Number: +1 215-278-7000
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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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Museum comparable to the Museum's in Paris

My sister and I visited Paris and the Musee d'Orsay and the Louvre in February and although we live in the suburbs of Philadelphia my sister never went to The Barnes Museum. I had... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My sister and I visited Paris and the Musee d'Orsay and the Louvre in February and although we live in the suburbs of Philadelphia my sister never went to The Barnes Museum. I had been to the original 10 years ago on the Mainline but the new Barnes was identical inside. My sister was amazed at the amount of famous... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited Barnes when I was in college so I can't give an updated/completely current review but the collection is wonderful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

After reading all the reviews, I was prepared for massive crowds at the Barnes but was pleasantly surprised to be one of only a few there; maybe because it was midweek. I quickly asked when the next docent tour was - 5 minutes and I was the only one on the tour. The tour costs $20 more on your ticket... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had reserved a 1:30 docent tour. In the future, I'd probably opt for the less expensive downloadable app tour. (Our docent wasn't great -- I think she's probably fabulous at tours for third-graders, which was her main point of reference, but she talked to our all-adult group as if we were children; plus, she focused almost exclusively on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A lot of Renoir - in all stages. Excellent way to dissect his brush strokes as he aged. Also with a lot of Modigliani and Soutine. Amazing painting arrangements - distinctive wall ensembles which was an art in itself.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I grew up in Suburban Philly so am very familiar with the original mansion and gardens. I hate the new facility. Cold, echoey ( if that's a word-the childrens cacophony from the entrance disturbed those in the relocated mansion) and peculiar. The effort to make it look like the old mansion with pictures of the prior grounds from the new... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was my first visit to Philadelphia, and the visit was specifically to visit the Barnes Foundation. I saw only half of it, as the Foundation is now truncated, with the horticultural part in Merion, the paintings part in Philadelphia and the larger philosophical intentions of Albert Barnes unclear - particularly in regards to art and education, and enjoying art... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited on a very wet day which meant we were in no hurry to rush outside! From a warm welcome on arrival through a remarkably well presented photographic exhibition we moved to thr main event. The main collection. We certainly appreciated the enormity of the collection and comprehensively detailed information available in each room. The only minor criticism for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Maybe not as stunning as its original "home" in Merion but still quite spectacular. Of all the museums I've been to, I would rate this, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam as my three favorite museums. If you go to Philly, stop by the Liberty Bell, grab a Chee-Steak and visit the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Really enjoyed this museum, with great collections of Renoir, Cezanne, Monet and more. The museum is free on the first Sunday of every month - go early for tickets!

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