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Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.4/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web
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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  • We were really looking forward to this - the largest Renoir Collection being the draw. However, the aesthetics of not labelling pictures (there are cards) and hanging different objects near by as in t...  read more »
  • My husband and I live outside Philadelphia and decided to spend a day in the city. We had not been to the Barnes and were absolutely delighted with our visit. Why did we wait so long to see this incre...  read more »
  • it's easy to get overwhelmed at this exhibit - there are so many items on each wall you have to make sure to focus on exactly what you want to see! I have traveled all over US and Europe and never see...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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
  • ^ 5 stars & worth it to visit this art gallery if 1) you're a student (w/ valid id) and 2) it's a weekday bc then the admission is free. Otherwise, you have to pay $10 if you're a student visiting on a weekend or $25 if you're an adult. I would say the gallery is rather small to justify the hefty $25 fee, which, I gather, has led to the dissatisfaction of some reviewers. Outside Barnes is quite beautiful and a great place to take artsy pictures. I really like how Barnes organized his collection. He didn't conform to the usual criterion of genre and time period to separate the artwork but juxtaposed pieces from the 1600s and 1900s in a way that made sense to him. I loved listening to the audio. I loved how the rooms were quite small, with a bench in the middle. You sit down and you're only 3 feet away from the artwork. There are no labels below each painting (the pieces are explained in a booklet you can find in a slot in the bench), so the ensemble of paintings really exude an organic feel to them. There's a cafe and a complimentary coatcheck and seriously nice bathrooms (each individual stall has its own sink & mirror) in the basement. But overall, come if you can avoid the regular admission price; you won't be disappointed!
  • Great experience, Awesome collection! Read history of the place beforehand. The arrangement of masterpieces is kinda strange from the first sight. I was looking for particular paintings, they was in strange places, not convenient to analyze. but after realizing that there was idea of such arrangement, it became clear. But still it is a little disappointing. And overcrowded. People with audio sets are walking like zombies. And freezing in front of some paintings.
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