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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This place is quite a phenomenon - both the building architecture and the physical collection. Next time I will do a guided tour because it was difficult to understand without doing advanced research.... more »
I'm told the Barnes has the largest number of Impressionist paintings outside of France and I believe it. The building is just beautiful and, at first, the collection does not look all that large, but... more »
I went on a first Sunday when it was free so it was a little busy, but not overly crowded. There is a huge range of artists and a lot of Renoir. I spent about 1.5-2 hours here. It's better than most of the larger museums I've been to. There are layouts of the walls at every bench, but each frame has the artists last name as well. Located in a beautiful building. In one gallery, an employee was giving a mini pop-up lecture about Henri Rousseau. Highly recommend!
So much stuff used in the space. The museum is a replica of the item's original homes with Barnes himself, look up the history of the place and the surroundings of the original owner if you're curious. I've never visited the original place; I visited this place once years ago when it first opened and I recently visited again. As a museum/collection of stuff the place is unparalleled to pretty much everything else out there. I've been to the other museums in Philly extensively, and I've been lucky enough to go to the museum of modern art in New York and the Louvre in Paris once respectively. I'm so happy that this place in particular exists. There are countless examples from throughout the entire art world in the form of architectural pieces, furniture, pottery, ancient history and modern Masters and everything in between. There's free admission the first Sunday of each month which is understandably crowded but it's run very well and even when there's a huge crowd everything is very well organized and the museum runs pretty smoothly. Normal ticket prices are typical museum fair but it's such a fantastic place and it's arguably worth charging for tickets (would be nicer if it was free all the time ;) There's so much packed in the space, it's utilized in such an interesting way. One must visit the place, the whole thing is an utterly unforgettable experience. One could spend hours in individual rooms, each nook and cranny is filled with an assortment of paintings, pictures, sculptures, locks, hinges, carvings and so much more. Absolutely nothing compares
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