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“If you want to see the great collection of our time in Philadelphia go....go....go. Do not miss the opportunity to see this.”

The Barnes Foundation
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Day Trip from New Haven CT to Philadelphia by Rail
Ranked #2 of 450 things to do in Philadelphia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French painting in the world. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne and Matisse provide a depth of work by these artists that is unavailable elsewhere. Established as an educational institution, the Barnes carries out its mission teaching classes in its galleries and Arboretum.
Clermont, Florida
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“If you want to see the great collection of our time in Philadelphia go....go....go. Do not miss the opportunity to see this.”
Reviewed 29 September 2012 via mobile

We went with prepaid reservations and went in fast. The museum is beautiful with a design for the ages and masses.
The collection is breathtaking or feet hurting because even with the opportunity to sit you stand until you cannot. The lounge downstairs is great and restful plus a place to meet fellow travellers and regulars for tips on viewing and the area.

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“A Good Move”
Reviewed 29 September 2012

Having seen the collection in it's original space in Lower Merion I must say that the new modern museum building on Ben Franklin Parkway Philadelphia was delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed the 23 rooms, on two floors, of exhibition space filled with numerous Renior's, Matisses a few El Greco's and several Soutine's. It was in this new setting that I gained an appreciation for how the collection was displayed. I loved the spare exterior and large lobby. The library, museum shop and lounge area on the lower level was inviting .
Access to the collection is limited to 250 visitors at any one time so plan your trip well in advance and don't be put off by the frustrating phone system and website that promised to print tickets but didn't. Just copy your confirmation number and show it at the entrance. Plan to spend at least two hours viewing the collection. Enjoy the day,

Visited September 2012
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“Overwhelming”
Reviewed 27 September 2012

The museum is overwhelming - both the amount of art on the walls and the size. I took a docent tour which lasted over 2hrs and was well worth the money, but I felt like I was run around like crazy and it was just overwhelming.

Visited September 2012
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“A second five stars”
Reviewed 26 September 2012

I have written about the Barnes before. It's brilliant. What I want to say is - there is an iPhone app which gives you a tour, including pictures. The staff will give you headphones. My husband said it was thorough and a real help with the overview.

Visited September 2012
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“Very good but...”
Reviewed 26 September 2012

It was very interesting but listening to people one might think it was the holy grail. In the end it's a collection by one man of what he liked and while as a collection it is a marvellous thing many of his tastes did not tie with mine - if I had to choose between say the Barnes and PMOA I would probably go with the latter - that collection is just wider spread. (Having said that it was wonderful to see so may Renoirs in one place!).
We did have an issue with the timed entry which hopefully was a one-off. We arrived in good time but they asked us to wait until our appointed time which we did. However when we joined the line, which had grown to about 50, they were only letting people in as others came out. Result was that we were in line for 45 minutes!

Visited September 2012
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