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“Amazing collection in a stunning building!”

The Barnes Foundation
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Ranked #2 of 465 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.
Reviewed 15 February 2014

This is a beautiful new museum (new location for a collection that dates back nearly a century) with a stunning collection. If you like Impressionist art, this museum is for you. If you like Renoir, you will be in heaven as this is the largest collection of Renoirs to be found anywhere. With a friendly and helpful staff and a nice giftshop, the museum has much to offer. You'll need a few hours to take everything in, but the setting is so pleasant the collection is so satisfying and stimulating that you will want to return.

Thank John W
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"new building"
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"amazing collection"
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"impressionist art"
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"original location"
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"lower merion"
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"private collection"
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"van gogh"
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"el greco"
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"docent tour"
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"art lovers"
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"each piece"
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"great art"
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"love art"
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"benjamin franklin parkway"
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"beautiful building"
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"on display"
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"second floor"
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

Wonderful facility (local controversy to the contrary notwithstanding). Fine staff.
We truly enjoyed the organization of the art - good connections - paintings set up in a way to make the entire museum seem to "flow.
A must see if you're in Philadelphia.

Thank tejo42
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

An unbelievable collection, especially when one considers it was collected by a single person - it becomes almost overwhelming and demands more than one visit. The self guided tour using ipods was most helpful especially after suffering thru the worlds worst docent tour. Our docent was so bad we left the tour, traded in our headsets for the ipods and finally were able to appreciate the unique way Dr. Barnes chose to display his art. The amount of inaccurate information conveyed by our docent leads one to question training and quality of volunteer personnel; ours was a complete waste of time. I will definitely visit again when in Philadelphia, especially now that I've done more research on Dr. Barnes, his vision for his collection and the art itself. One visit is definitely not adequate to appreciate the uniqueness of the Barnes collection.

Thank SandbridgeKaren
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

A truly amazing experience. I signed up for the docent tour
which was worth it, since she went into detail about the
philosophy of how Dr. Barnes collected and displayed his
pieces. Then there is sill plenty of time to wander about.

Thank GRD1834
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

lets start with the building which is stunningly modern and very well laid out.Then the collection-no matter how much you have heard about the art,it still amazes to see so many Renoirs, Matisses, Cezannes and Van Goghs in one place,particularly when you consider that this priceless art was amassed by one person,who bought what he liked when what he liked was considered to be inferior and in poor taste.A must see.

Thank sweetiesPennsylvania
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