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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  • 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...  more »
  • This is treat, especially if Impressionism is your thing. I love it's also one man's collection. You feel like you're getting in his head and appreciating his point of view, taste. It's not experience...  more »
  • Any art lover must see this unique and extensive collection of impressionists. Museum also offers very well curated current exhibitions.  more »
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  • The Barnes Foundation offers close-quarters interaction with a truly extraordinary collection of art and objects. You will recognize plenty of master artists and their work, especially by Impressionists. In the quality of work on display by very famous artists, this is a great experience. However, you may feel that it's all over too quickly for the high price of admission. The overall footprint of the permanent collection is small when compared to many other art museums, and it's easy to walk through and finish in an hour. Its a very linear flow and not much of an adventure. I would recommend taking the audio tour to understand and appreciate the collection more, get a look inside the salon-style arrangement of pieces, take your time, and ask questions! With this approach, you can get more out of your trip. Architecturally speaking, the building is gorgeous.
  • Aggressively protective of their collection... had to be told the exact etiquette before entering which makes it feel like they treat their visitors as if none of them has ever set foot in any other major museums/collections before(???) The policy on only allowing pictures to be taken from sitting on the bench is pathetic. Definitely not the first-rate works from the first-rate artists... but all in all constitutes a impressively large-sized, varied collection. The way of displaying is overwhelming, non-selective, and almost challenging for some visitors who is not completely familiar with art in those periods( and they intend to keep it that way for their enjoyment) It is hard to know the director’s intentions and ambitions from this almost frustrating visiting experience. A great range of products at the gift shop.
  • Beautiful paintings inside and serene ambient outside...1st Sunday's are free though plz make sure you reach there around 9 am because they usually sold out. You can also just enjoy the beautiful ambient outside sit, relax and enjoy the moment.
  • I had a great time on my first visit to the Barnes foundation everything was amazing I loved it. The ART IS BEAUTIFUL.The best part was the great opinions on what other peoples thoughts of the art. There was a guard I believe her name was Shakira, her insight and great personality made my experience amazing she helped out so much We were done looking through the galleries but decided to come back in after eating. Her amazing service made me won’t to learn more on the art. She was very polite when asking me and my group to take photography sitting down and watch for the brown line. BUT THE DOWNSIDE!!!i just want to add......don’t expect anyone at the big doors to tell you that the people with the orange lanyards are available for any questions. They just stood there huddled together and talked with each other instead of being approachable to us visitors.They just need to be separated...A couple of them where on their phone I don’t think it was professional at all. At the beginning of coming in they don’t make it clear ONLY TAKE PHOTOS SITTING ON A BENCH.Do not dare to take a photo not sitting down or one of the some security guards will hunt you down and scold you immediately but I think their not having good communication and then other guards are just so sweeti wish I asked all the ones that help us names but only asked that one. I really appreciate the help from the guard. I mentioned and the group I was with enjoy her great insight on the art. She was more helpful then the other people. It’s weird that the guards help more then the people that are there to help!! But everything was amazing I will be visiting the BARNES FOUNDATION AGAIN!!!! I want to know more about this great museum!! Thank you Barnes. Hope you read this.
  • If you're not a 'art connoisseur' this is not the place for you. The building has some fantastic rooms, but the exhibition is located in relatively small rooms with overcrowded walls. If you walk around without a guide or audio guide your only possibility of information is in folders located in each room limited to the most basic info on each piece of art. All in all it was an underwhelming experience and didn't inspire a layman like me. You would spend your time and money better at Philadelphia Museum of art and the Rodin Museum.

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