We had free tickets for today, so we took a look at the new Barnes. It is as if they took the inside of the old building and plopped it inside a new shell. Display of the art is true to the former location.
I found a 3 hours spot on directly across the street on the Parkway ($6.00 meter fee, which is better than the $15 charge to park in the Barnes' small parking lot.)
Good luck finding the entrance. There are no signs pointing the way and no visual clues as you approach the building. The ticket office is in a small separate building, again, unmarked. The small grounds are nice enough, but not really conducive to be used for anything. The bathrooms are downstairs, and , again, no signs pointing the way. Once inside the ladies room, women are met with a line of floor-to-ceiling doors. What's behind them? Something? Someone? Men are similarly greeted but have the fortune of having urinals, which takes some of the guesswork out. The interior of the stalls have their own mysteries, but I won't spoil the surprises. I will caution, however, that if one is wearing light colored clothing, stand back from the faucet when you activate it. Also, the soap lever pulls at an awkward angle, and definitely stand to the side when you place your hands in front of the hand dryer. The air blows sideways such that if you are standing in front of it, you will have the water from your hands blown onto your light-colored clothing.
There is a nice special exhibition area, which is not part of the timed galleries. As you enter, there is a portrait immediately on the left of Dr. Barnes by Di Chirico, which is very interesting, as he was not a portrait painter. The portrait was not displayed at the old Barnes.
Our tickets were for 2:30, but that just got us into the building. You then had to get another timed ticket to enter the galleries. You had one hour to visit the galleries, but you didn't find this out until the 10 minute warning. Some signs indicating such would have been nice.