The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation

Art Museum
Fairmount - Art Museum, Philadelphia
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    Gsus S.
    "Cezanne and Picasso"(8 Tips)
    Tinashe D.
    "free audio tour"(8 Tips)
    Marie L.
    "Dr Barnes’ pretty amazing $25 billion art collection."(4 Tips)
    Sofia U.
    "Great post impressionist collection overall"(2 Tips)
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  • Bill B.heart icon on user image
    Bill BarteltFebruary 3, 2017
    This is a museum unlike any other you've seen, representing Albert Barnes' unique vision. The quality and quantity of the collection is stunning. Allow at least two hours to see it.
    Upvoted Apr 27
  • Alice H.heart icon on user image
    Alice HillarySeptember 10, 2016
    If you visited the origins site you will be impressed with how well they moved everything. The collection is an oasis in the middle of an urban locale. The paid tour is worthwhile for 1st time visit
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaAugust 28, 2014
    You have to get an appointment to enter the museum. The collection is interesting for the pieces but the arrangement of the pieces is also spectacular.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Marie L.heart icon on user image
    Marie La RueNovember 26, 2018
    Dr Barnes’ pretty amazing $25 billion art collection. Building was created to replicate the original show rooms. Unusual displays of artworks and artefacts. Enchanting works of Renoir, Matisse & more.
  • Gsus S.heart icon on user image
    Gsus S.S.December 20, 2019
    Extraordinary collection. From classic artist like VanGogh, Renoir, Monet, Cezanne and Picasso, to new school proposals as Jean Michel Basquiat. A must stop for all art 🖼 fanatic.
  • Joanna F.heart icon on user image
    Joanna FlammOctober 2, 2018
    There are literally over 100 Renoir paintings here, and that's just part of the collection. Read up on Barnes and the history of the collection before you go, it's really interesting.
  • Cristene G.
    The collection is sizable. Get the audio but stop to listen in on the docent tours when you encounter them for a richer perspective. It is worth reading on Barnes, Renoir, cezanne, and vangogh before
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJune 23, 2016
    A worthy counterpoint to the nearby Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation’s new building in Logan Square displays one of the world’s best collections of French Impressionism.
  • Caroline C.heart icon on user image
    Caroline ChungMarch 5, 2016
    Amazing collection and story. Buy tickets in advance, limited per day. The tour was better then the self-guided audio tours. Take a lunch break at their restaurant if tired, food is decent!
  • Stan H.
    Stan HorwitzDecember 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Due to limited exhibit space, you need to buy tickets several days in advance. Buy your tickets online via the Barnes Foundation's web site. Ticket price is worth every penny.
  • Christine N.heart icon on user image
    Christine NavinNovember 4, 2016
    FREE First Sundays. Get there early for timed tickets! One person can get 2 tickets. Once it's your time, head inside and go past the desks straight to the line! Busy at first, calms before closing.
  • Lindsay D.heart icon on user image
    Lindsay D'AndreaDecember 27, 2014
    Go for Matisse, stay for the surprisingly beautiful space. Some prefer the original Barnes, but the new museum also offers a great experience. Become a member if you're local!
  • Lenny G.heart icon on user image
    Lenny GalloJuly 3, 2023
    They have the latest collection of Cezanne in the US. The new facility is amazing and definitely worth the visit.
  • Rob M.
    Rob McGowanAugust 20, 2018
    Philly is lucky to have one of the world’s best collections of French Impressionism. The largest collection of Renoir in the world...set aside a few hours at least to take it all in.
  • Rob M.
    Rob McGowanAugust 6, 2018
    Philly is luck to have one of the world’s best collections of French Impressionism. The largest collection of Renoir in the world...set aside a few hours at least to take it all in.
  • Femi A.heart icon on user image
    Femi AbodundeOctober 12, 2018
    @barnes_foundation is a world class art/education institution. Goes without saying, one of the very best on the planet
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzMay 8, 2016
    Amazing private collection! Aside from a poor organization of entry- a must see! Largest collections of Renoir in the world. Great post impressionist collection overall
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KasicDecember 6, 2015
    Had mixed feelings visiting here. The collection was amazing but the new museum is so clearly against what Barnes had in his will (see the Art of the Steal documentary).
  • Jeff B.heart icon on user image
    Jeff ByrnesNovember 1, 2018
    The largest collection of Soutine’s work in the world, as well as a large set of Renoir, Matisse, and many more. A must-see art museum.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 25, 2014
    Explore the collection of postimpressionist and modern paintings, African sculptures, and Native American textiles.The outside is just as eye-catching, with fountains and a Ellsworth Kelly sculpture.
  • Mrfantastic8000heart icon on user image
    Mrfantastic8000January 1, 2017
    Awesome museum! Worth the price of admission. Take your camera and give yourself a few hours to truly enjoy!
  • Rafaelheart icon on user image
    RafaelJanuary 5, 2013
    A must see in Philly! Amazing collection of Renoir, Matisse, and many others. Make your reservation ahead of time. Get the free audio guide app for your smartphone.
  • Sofia P.heart icon on user image
    Sofia PapastamelosJanuary 5, 2013
    Amazing museum full of masterpieces from Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, and more! Make sure you bring your headphones -you can download their free audio tour app in the App Store.
  • Joe C.heart icon on user image
    Joe CMarch 8, 2016
    Easily my favorite museum in the city. If you're a fan of Impressionism, this is the best collection in the US
  • RCheart icon on user image
    RCAugust 1, 2015
    Any amazing collection in a unique arrangement. Dont miss this. Apologies to Mr. Barnes for moving it from the original location against his intent.
  • Allie I.
    Allie IlaganFebruary 23, 2012
    Opening May 2012, this controversial museum hosts some of the most rare and incredible art you'll ever seen. The collection will be displayed in almost the same way as the original Merion gallery.
  • Sunny
    SunnyNovember 24, 2013
    A lovely place full of lesser-known works of renowned artists. The audio tour is free and each room also has a paper guide to the art in that room stashed in the room's bench.
  • Reinhold Residential
    Reinhold ResidentialSeptember 11, 2012
    The largest private collection of modern art open to the public. Watch the documentary, The Art of the Steal, before your visit to learn the whole story!
  • Concierge
    ConciergeMay 22, 2012
    The Barnes offers free admission on the first Sunday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.. Advanced reservations are required! Enjoy!!!!
  • Timothy L.heart icon on user image
    Timothy LewisApril 7, 2017
    Wonderful recreation of the mansion display, even if "art-world commoditized." Too much to take in for one visit. I decided to concentrate on Cezanne. Look forward to return visits.
  • Lucia L.heart icon on user image
    Lucia LiApril 14, 2015
    Over 180 paintings by Renoir, #1 in the world! Unique display of art.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RaymondFebruary 7, 2013
    On Friday nights, the otherwise somber space hosts concerts and pours wine until 10 p.m. Day or night, reserve museum tickets ($18) well in advance.
  • Rob M.
    Rob McLearOctober 21, 2016
    One of the finest collections of modern art in the US. A must see for any visitor to Philadelphia.
  • Daniel M.heart icon on user image
    Daniel Mason-D'CrozFebruary 15, 2013
    Awesome museum. A must see if you are visiting Philly. Just make sure you remember to make reservations ahead of time
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen L.February 16, 2013
    Incredible Impressionist collection including 181 Renoirs. Try to get a tour if you can, lots of subtle symbolism to his layout.
  • Brian A.
    Brian AndersonFebruary 17, 2013
    They stole this from the Main Line - but it's still the #1 private collection of Impressionist Art in the US. Check out the "Card Players" Cézanne
  • Melanie M.
    Melanie MonayeAugust 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Please make a reservation in advance. The galleries are usually sold out the day of. & expect to wait in a queue if you come mid afternoon. & be nice to the staff:-)
  • Julia T.heart icon on user image
    Julia TrutenJuly 12, 2015
    My favorite museum in the country, truly amazing, worth several trips. Beautifully redone recently.
  • Joe S.
    Joe StrouthJanuary 1, 2015
    Astonishing collection of artists presented in a thought provoking and unique way. A different experience.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyNovember 9, 2011
    Although much of the art once housed in the Barnes Foundation will move to a new facility in May 2012, the extensive arboretum will remain open to the public, reopening in late summer 2012.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMay 1, 2012
    The PHLASH trolley runs Fri, Sat & Sun from 10-6 pm May-October 28, 2012. Just head to stops 6 or 14, buy a $2 ticket & you'll be on your way to seeing more of Philadelphia's attractions and museums. Read more
  • George Z.heart icon on user image
    George ZinkgrafDecember 9, 2015
    All the paintings could spend a,week looking and studying the works of art. First went when it was in the house.
  • Howard C.
    Howard CApril 4, 2013
    The art work is so beautiful. Having the audio to assist in describing the various works of art is essential to ones enjoyment.
  • Andrew F.heart icon on user image
    Andrew FurmanNovember 4, 2015
    Albert Barnes made a fortune developing an anti-gonorrhea drug (Argyrol) and selling his company at the right time, before antibiotics
  • Tinashe D.heart icon on user image
    Tinashe DhliwayoJanuary 28, 2016
    Amazing museum made even better with the free audio tour- don't pass it up!
  • Sarah E.heart icon on user image
    Sarah EffOctober 7, 2015
    The Matisse collection is beautiful; mostly on the second floor. "The joy of life" is a must see!
  • Beth S.
    Beth S.August 8, 2016
    Buy tickets in advance, particularly on First Sundays.
  • Christopher S.heart icon on user image
    Christopher SmithDecember 6, 2018
    This was priceless art seen the way that it was intended to be seen by Dr. Barnes over 70 years ago. Timeless.
  • Seishi O.heart icon on user image
    Seishi OnoOctober 14, 2016
    We have to be aware that the museum test our wide-ranging education in pictorial art field.
  • Brookeheart icon on user image
    BrookeMay 9, 2017
    Fantastic museum! Interesting history and some unique pieces... must do ...
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