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 .
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