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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. 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 have visited the Barnes many times. Live the collection of Albert Barnes and his presise placement of all the pictures. Definitely a must see in Phila.  more »
  • You will see the most fabulous collection of post Impressionist art that you can find anywhere! Try to reserve in advance to guarantee admission. Allow at least 2 hours. You can leave for lunch and re...  more »
  • I visited the Barnes Foundation for a business event (btw. great catering). The tour through the exhibition was breathtaking. Such a rich and carefully curated collection. A must visit!  more »
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  • I really enjoyed visiting here. I definitely recommend getting tickets ahead of time as they sell out. Also, definitely do the guided your. I often skip them but this one was really worth it!
  • Vast collection of fantastic paintings, and displayed mostly in a way you can get a good look at them. I only wish the ones that were high up were more available for a look. If you like Rodin, you'll be happy. Plan for multiple visits, I was there for hours and still didn't see everything.
  • Great works of art.. beautifully structure and informative staff. Yet don't expect to snag any pictures inside fed galleries
  • Great collection. Staff could have been more helpful at entry about video and gallery guides. Docents were extremely well versed and enhanced our enjoyment of the exhibits! A stunning number of Degas!
  • 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.