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Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

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Barnes Foundation is known internationally for its collection of 19th- and 20th-century French paintings. Established in 1922, the museum houses extensive works by Post-Impressionist and Early Modern masters, such as Renoir, Matisse, and Picasso. It also exhibits American art, African sculptures, Native American crafts, and countless other international pieces. Honoring its founder Albert C. Barnes’s commitment to fine arts and horticulture, the Barnes Foundation also created the Barnes Arboretum, located on the Merion campus. Here you can round out your educational and cultural experience by viewing upwards of 2,000 species of trees and plants. For Barnes Foundation and beyond, use our Philadelphia trip planning app to get the most from your Philadelphia vacation.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Amazing architecture design! I spent 2 hours just walking around outside of the building and the lobby to appreciate the beauty of lighting and shadows. The facade of the building utilities various rectangles to create lively pattern. The pond around the building extend the visual height of the architecture and creates the serenity to provide the transitional atmosphere from outside to inside. The heavy entrance door to make us have one more second to feel the change from noisy outside works to the calm reception area.
  • Excellent museum. Dr. Albert Barnes who this museum is named after led a very interesting life. His ideas are reflected in his choices of the art he collected and even the placement of these pieces. This group of iconic pieces does not come together by accident. His ability to see talent in art that was not commonly thought of in this country as amazing examples of their genre was before his time. The art and grounds here are well mantained and cared for and is worth a visit!
  • What an amazing selection of art! So glad I spotted this place while walking around around the museum district. Unreal collection of Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne and many many more. My only criticism is that they need more space. It sometimes feels like there are too many paintings on each wall. Highly recommend it!
  • The largest collection of Renoir are housed in this museum. Spectacular! Loved this museum.. a vast array of paintings by the masters to eclectic designs & artists. The restaurant served the most delicious food I have tasted in a long time! Surprising I know!! Highly Recommend.. ❤️
  • We got to go for a cool free block party they had where if you registered online you got entrance to the museum for free. We definitely plan to pay to go back - it's worth it! I will be taking my mom and mom-in-law as well. I've never seen so many beautiful and famous works in a single collection. So many beautiful impressionist pieces. The building itself is very beautiful too!

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