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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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  • It may not look so incredibly inviting from the outside, but step inside and you will likely be transformed. A world of things to see and do for people of nearly all ages. 
  • The collection is amazing! I also appreciated how they organized the paintings on the walls. Everything has a significance.. 
  • Thank goodness the Barnes moved to this new site in Philadelphia. The building itself is a piece of artwork and the collection is a must see! 
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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