The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation

Art Museum
Fairmount - Art Museum, Philadelphia
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  • Timothy L.
    "I decided to concentrate on Cezanne."(6 Tips)
    Tinashe D.
    "free audio tour"(8 Tips)
    Rafael S.
    "Amazing collection of Renoir, Matisse, and many others."(2 Tips)
    Sofia U.
    "Great post impressionist collection overall"(2 Tips)
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  • Jon G.
    Jon GoldmannSeptember 30, 2017
    The art. Especially the Matisse collection. Biggest collection of impressionist art under one roof. Wish it was still in its original Merion location.
  • Tamara P.
    Tamara PSeptember 11, 2017
    Art collection was good. Urban riders were overrated..
  • Brooke
    BrookeMay 9, 2017
    Fantastic museum! Interesting history and some unique pieces... must do ...
  • Timothy L.
    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.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    First time I've been to the new location. Work looks much better in this environment.
  • Jake D.
    Jake DayMarch 19, 2017
    Cool collection but can't appreciate unless you're a fan of the style.
  • Elaine B.
    Elaine BustardMarch 17, 2017
    Recreation if the rooms
  • Jim M.
    Jim McCaffreyMarch 10, 2017
    Renoir paintings
  • Bill B.
    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.
  • Mrfantastic8000
    Mrfantastic8000January 1, 2017
    Awesome museum! Worth the price of admission. Take your camera and give yourself a few hours to truly enjoy!
  • Bret C.
    Bret CarberryNovember 20, 2016
    World class
  • Christine N.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Seishi O.
    Seishi OnoOctober 14, 2016
    We have to be aware that the museum test our wide-ranging education in pictorial art field.
  • Alice H.
    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
  • Darryl J.
    Darryl JurkiewiczSeptember 3, 2016
    Amazing art work
  • Beth S.
    Beth ShookAugust 8, 2016
    Buy tickets in advance, particularly on First Sundays.
  • 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.
  • Suruchika S.
    Suruchika SinghJune 21, 2016
    some amazing collection
  • 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
  • Karen B.
    Karen BMay 3, 2016
    First Sunday of every month is free.
  • Umut Arıkan
    Umut ArıkanApril 19, 2016
    Totally impressive.
  • Dan
    DanApril 11, 2016
    Love the art, the history and the architect
  • Dmitry K.
    Dmitry KholodovMarch 17, 2016
    Amazing collection!!!
  • Joe C.
    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
  • Caroline C.
    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!
  • John D.
    John DuncanFebruary 23, 2016
    Overwhelming in a great way
  • Tinashe D.
    Tinashe DhliwayoJanuary 28, 2016
    Amazing museum made even better with the free audio tour- don't pass it up!
  • Gideon O.
    Gideon OlshanskyJanuary 5, 2016
    I really regret not doing the audio tour.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WrightJanuary 2, 2016
    Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezane. Beautiful works
  • George Z.
    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.
  • Allison K.
    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).
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdNovember 22, 2015
    Lots of Cezanne's here. Keep an eye out for the Henri Rousseau's though. Very interesting.
  • Andrew F.
    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
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah EffOctober 7, 2015
    The Matisse collection is beautiful; mostly on the second floor. "The joy of life" is a must see!
  • Rebecca D.
    Rebecca DummitAugust 26, 2015
    Croissants are super good!!
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WardAugust 3, 2015
    Great museum unlike any other
  • RC
    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.
  • Julia T.
    Julia TrutenJuly 12, 2015
    My favorite museum in the country, truly amazing, worth several trips. Beautifully redone recently.
  • Lucia L.
    Lucia LiApril 14, 2015
    Over 180 paintings by Renoir, #1 in the world! Unique display of art.
  • Denice
    DeniceApril 13, 2015
    The view from inside!
  • James C.
    James CApril 11, 2015
    Amazing museum. Great works of art all together. Worth every penny.
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 9, 2015
    Interesting lay out. Just like original building. Architect did a good job.
  • Ben
    BenMarch 1, 2015
    First Sunday of every month is free!
  • Ellis H.
    Ellis HamburgerFebruary 16, 2015
    Super great collection. Do the audio tour.
  • Justin I.
    Justin IsraelsJanuary 19, 2015
    The monet painting of his boat studio...
  • Derek K.
    Derek KJanuary 2, 2015
    Whatever you do, be prepared to check your bags. I had my photo gear on me and wasn't going to trust a coatcheck with that. Big dissapointment!
  • Joe S.
    Joe StrouthJanuary 1, 2015
    Astonishing collection of artists presented in a thought provoking and unique way. A different experience.
  • Joe S.
    Joe StrouthJanuary 1, 2015
    Sketching is NOT allowed in the galleries.
  • Lindsay D.
    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!
  • Yael S.
    Yael ShevachOctober 10, 2014
    So much too see just amazing art
  • 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.
  • Cristian G.
    Cristian GonzalezAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing art collection - a definite must see in Philly.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StanleyJune 28, 2014
    Come here. Seriously. Wow. !!!!
  • 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
  • j w.
    j wMay 25, 2014
    Beautiful architecture; accessible and not too crowded
  • Tiffanie R.
    Tiffanie RadomickiMarch 21, 2014
    You should see this.
  • 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.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WDecember 30, 2013
    Thieves! Built on a foundation of lies!
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KwanDecember 16, 2013
    Free audio guides!
  • 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.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BurkarthOctober 13, 2013
    Great collection, but staff and security is overly uptight and unhelpful.
  • Lucia L.
    Lucia LobelSeptember 12, 2013
    Beautiful impressionism art museum
  • steve
    steveJuly 6, 2013
    Do not think this is what dr Barnes had in mind art is great
  • Mike M.
    Mike MurphyJune 26, 2013
    Do not go on the tour. It's beyond patronising if you took art history in middle school.
  • Tasneem I.
    Tasneem IsmailjiMay 15, 2013
    Amazing docent Linda Robinson and do take her class at barnes
  • Anna L.
    Anna LeeMay 13, 2013
    Lots of street parking
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Daniel M.
    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
  • Mehdi M.
    Mehdi MollahasaniFebruary 9, 2013
    A series of Persian art work in room 16.
  • Mehdi M.
    Mehdi MollahasaniFebruary 9, 2013
    Watch "The Art of the Steal" documentary, the origin of Albert C. Barnes' art collection.
  • 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.
  • Sofia P.
    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.
  • Rafael S.
    Rafael SwitJanuary 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.
  • Gabe K.
    Gabe KDecember 30, 2012
    Don't miss the monet self portrait in the boat-studio
  • 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.
  • Samantha H.
    Samantha HatfieldDecember 18, 2012
    This is a beautiful museum. Definitely a must see of Philadelphia
  • Debbie C.
    Debbie Curtis-MagleyOctober 10, 2012
    Holy cow! You need a reservation to get in:( Call ahead.
  • Sezin A.
    Sezin AlagozOctober 6, 2012
    don't forget to make a reservation. they are usually out of tickets.
  • Kate T.
    Kate ThomasOctober 4, 2012
    I don't want to hear about museums begging for public funds when they only sell a certain number of tickets per day. Turning people away at the door who traveled just to see exhibit is unacceptable.
  • Niki V.
    Niki VervOctober 1, 2012
    Be cautious of your purse size! They are VERY rude regarding allowing you to carry your own purse.
  • NewsWorks
    NewsWorksSeptember 27, 2012
    WHYY explores the story of the quirky, quarrelsome, question mark of a man and his astounding art collection.
  • 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!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineAugust 29, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain filmed at the Barnes for his show The Layover. The Barnes tweeted "Excited to have Anthony @Bourdain here this afternoon filming for his show #TheLayover."
  • 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:-)
  • Enrique
    EnriqueAugust 13, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    To determine the real market value of the collection, it would need to be auctioned which is against the will of Dr. Barnes. Experts estimate that it is worth between $25-50 billion dollars.
  • Enrique
    EnriqueAugust 13, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are the architects who created the Philadelphia campus of The Barnes Foundation...
  • nathan m.
    nathan maresAugust 8, 2012
    If you have a smart phone download their app and ask for head phones. It will save you $5 per audio tour!
  • Kath
    KathJune 25, 2012
    Don't eat here... Turkey BLT was so dry and flavorless and the tuna in the nicosia salad was not fresh. Haven't try the cafe yet.. but this is by far the worst museum restaurant I v ever had...
  • Kath
    KathJune 24, 2012
    Download the free app on your iPhone for a complete audio tour !
  • Bear C.
    Bear CherianJune 8, 2012
    Make a reservation first!
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  • Joe F.
    Joe FoxMay 25, 2012
    This is an amazing museum with amazing art. Please make sure you stop by to see it.
  • 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!!!!
  • Shoshana S.
    Shoshana SchillerMay 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The West Terrace is a wonderful outdoor space
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SimonMay 20, 2012
    Opening Night Gala!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Enrique
    EnriqueDecember 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't miss the Matisse Murals
  • 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.
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan SkoleNovember 6, 2011
    Enjoy the walk on a dead mans grave. The art doesn't belong there.
  • blake G.
    blake GRANTAugust 23, 2011
    for now...
  • blake G.
    blake GRANTAugust 23, 2011
    It's coming....
  • Bridget K.
    Bridget KellyJuly 6, 2011
    a great collection of impressionists.
  • Arshan S.
    Arshan SadriMarch 13, 2011
    Greatest collection of art you will ever see.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BrewMarch 10, 2011
    Check out Hattie Brunner's antiques! She was my great great grandmother but also great friends with Barnes!
  • KevinTranz
    KevinTranzJanuary 23, 2011
    Genius collection of Cezanne, Renoir & Matisse.
  • Britt M.
    Britt MillerDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the most beautiful collections of art I've ever seen; visit the original building before they move the pieces to the Parkway!
  • Robin J.
    Robin JNovember 12, 2010
    So glad I went! Reminds me of Moore!
  • Ben
    BenSeptember 21, 2010
    Go before its unfairly relocated...
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyJuly 30, 2010
    You must have an reservation to be admitted, as The Barnes is only permitted 400 visitors each day. Reservations are suggested at least one month in advance.
  • Srini R.
    Srini RajagopalanMay 29, 2010
    Worth the trip to see the works of art and the arboretum
  • Helen K.
    Helen KeyesMarch 20, 2010
    Must see. Well worth the trip. Amazing collection!
  • jaime a.
    jaime alvarezFebruary 14, 2010
    Great collection
  • melbatoast
    melbatoastDecember 7, 2009
    Lots of Renoir & Matisse
  • Denise
    DeniseApril 18, 2016
    La audio guía es excelente, el museo tiene una colección impresionante
  • Denise
    DeniseApril 18, 2016
    Me enamore de este museo ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ tiene una colección especial
  • Colmeirock
    ColmeirockDecember 7, 2014
    Una muy buena colección de impresionismo y post impresionismo, organizada de manera muy atípica según los deseos del dueño de la fundación. Merece la pena reservar hora de visita online.
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