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- 98%Art & Design Lovers
- 91%History Buffs
- 67%Local Culture
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 51%Business Travelers
- 51%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (8)
- The Barnes FoundationMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackersDec 31, 2013
Brilliant museum in the heart of Philadelphia. This is a world class museum rivaling those in Europe and elsewhere. Dr. Barnes amassed an unbelievable collection during the Great Depression as he sold his pharmaceutical company just before the crash. Monet, Renoir, Matisse, Modigliani, Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso and much much much more. Highly recommended for anyone from beginner to art lover!
- The Barnes FoundationMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Nov 12, 2013
Awesome museum focused primarily on post-impressionist, modernist, and avant-garde art of the early 20th century. It has an amazing collection of works by Renoir and Cezanne, as well as a number of pieces by Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Rousseau, de Chirico, and older masters like El Greco. The organization of the museum is a delight and is truly a play on colors, light, and line. You need to make reservations ahead of time to ensure that you can go in, but it is definitely worth a visit.Recommended for:Art & Design Lovers
- The Barnes FoundationMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellness+ 2Aug 31, 2013
If you are into art, this is one museum you should not miss. It has been relocated from the original location on the Main Line to center city to make it more accessible to tourists and other visitors. The collection of Impressionist art is fantastic and awesome. The arrangement in successive rooms makes it easy to follow.
- The Barnes FoundationMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesAdventure Travelers+ 1Aug 15, 2013
I expected to love this place more than I did. I was definitely taken by the sleek building and modern infinity fountain surroundings. but the museum itself left me flat. this place boasts the largest single collection of impressionist paintings outside of France - 181 monets alone. In addition, they're known for their African art collection. The problem is that it seems like they have decided to display every single work they have at once, instead of rotating their collections and curating in a more conventional, sparing manner. the result is room after room jam packed to the gills with beautiful paintings and furnishings. hardly a blank space to be seen on the walls and barely any room to move about lest you trip over someone examining a piece of art on the adjacent wall or the ground. your eyes get desensitised after a few rooms, and all of a sudden the grand old Masters don't really seem all that grand anymore.
- The Barnes FoundationMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4First to ReviewAug 15, 2013
The Barnes Foundation has an amazing art collection. Where else would you see in one place 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 59 Matisses and 46 Picassos? Besides these priceless works, the collection includes art works by other European and American artists, plus African and ancient artworks from other cultures. One interesting feature of this collection is how the artworks are displayed – they are grouped together to demonstrate a certain aspect of art comparison or study, combining works of different styles and time periods in one space.
After a controversial and much debated move from Merion, Pa to downtown Philadelphia, new location makes this collection more accessible. In order to keep Albert Barnes’ wishes, the original galleries were completely replicated. The new home has better natural lighting which improves the overall experience. The building with galleries is set inside of a larger building that provides modern and specious amenities. You need to reserve your timed ticket ahead of time, even if you are a member and have free unlimited access.
- The Barnes FoundationMember ofBudget TravelersFoodiesArt & Design LoversOct 11, 2012
I was here at the Barnes Foundation before it moved into Philadelphia. The house was on the outskirts of Philadelphia. The collection is amazing and found new artist that I had not appreciated before. I understand it is set up like the house was so I am sure it is fantastic to see. I will next time in Philly
- The Barnes Foundation