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“The Absolute Best!”

The Barnes Foundation
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Ranked #2 of 438 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.
New York City, New York, Usa
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“The Absolute Best!”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

We, and our friends (two of whom are architects),spent from 10 in the morning until 4:30
in the afternoon, when we had to leave to go back to NYC, in this absolutely gorgeous museum. The building, the collection, the presentation of the collection, the lobby, the library, the restaurant, and even the gift shop are beyond compare. The staff is most helpful. One should make a reservation well in advance as the galleries are mostly small intimate spaces, and only so many people can go in at one time.
Each room has many paintings, watercolors, and some antique furniture which compliment the art work. A printed guide is available in each room so one can further enjoy looking at and learning about the art. We hope to go back every year as this was an incredibly uplifting experience....it is so rare to have architecture and art work together in such beautiful harmony. The restaurant has indoor and out door seating, and a lovely menu. We had the crab cakes, two of us had iced tea, and two locally brewed beer. We shared cheese cake and a coffee cream brule ....all of which gave us the energy to plunge back into the special world Dr. Barnes created .

Visited July 2014
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“return visit”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Third visit to the Barnes. This time opportunity to see special exhibit not part of the collection. The World is an Apple: still lifes of Paul Cezanne. This area is well presented in a regular museum manner. It is light with plenty of seating so that you can sit and enjoy. It is handicap accessible and the temperature comfortable. I would recommend see this exhibit saw many young children with caretaker in conversation with them. So recommend for home schooling area less restricted or congested for kids.
we had a docent but there is plenty of written information on the walls to satisfy and the book store sells excellent selection of books on the artists

Visited July 2014
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“A little bit of calm”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Unexpectedly came across this gem while in Philadelphia. Tickets must be purchased in advance but we managed to get tickets for the same day in the afternoon. Very nice collection of paintings (mostly post-impressionist), sculptures and artifacts - anyone interested in Renoir will be very impressed as there is a very large collection there. Lots of separate rooms to investigate - our time was well spent there.

Visited June 2014
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“So glad I visited!”
Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

I have to admit before today I had never heard of Dr. Barnes or the controversial museum in downtown Philly. A local recommended it so I visited the Barnes Foundation today - and I'm so glad I did! Not only is this an impressive collection of art, but I learned more about Dr. Barnes' goal to educate ordinary people about art. In fact, the way he arranged his art-both new and old pieces-mixed with a collection of metal work like key holes as well as furniture and African art, reflects his pursuit to objectively reflect on and appreciate art. The collection is organized in themes like shapes or colors or scenery. It's really an interesting approach. Check it out! It's well worth your visit!

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New York, NY
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Overwhelming collection of art...wear comfortable shoes. Well worth visiting. We had reservations, which I would suggest. They were easy to arrange on the foundation's website. Can get very crowded.

Visited July 2014
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