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Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

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Art Museum
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. A visit to Barnes Foundation represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Philadelphia travel itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • I walked into the Barnes in not the best mood. I left utterly restored and rejuvenated. There is so much done right at the Barnes I can't get over it. The contemporary architectural design of the buil...  more »
  • great museum with many small rooms with artwork you wouldn't see in other museums. the fact that it was a private collection shows the collector had a diverse eye.  more »
  • Been a few times on Sunday ate to crowded. Go on a week day early the collection need to be viewed up close.  more »
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  • Fantastic, eclectic collection that is beautifully and uniquely arranged. Definitely a must-see. The included audio guide is also excellent.
  • The replication of the original in the new location is impressive. The design creates an unexpected architectural experience: it feels very different navigating the rooms inside, compared to how it looks from the outside. The modern exhibits are a nice counter-point to the permanent collection. Every time we've visited, it's been an intense deep dive into a few slices of artistic time and place.
  • Amazing collection in a wonderful setting. I know there was a lot of controversy regarding relocating this museum into the city but I'm glad they did, personally. I think uber is the best way to get there.
  • Different then any other art museum because of the way they hang the paintings in groupings with hardware and hinges. Sometimes it felt like there was too much to look at in each room.
  • Outside you're treated to lovely landscaping and a cool water feature. Inside you're treated to an eclectic and extensive Renoir collection along with a host of other renowned artists. The ensembles were peculiar and thought provoking. Check out this place 1st Sundays for free