Barnes Foundation is known internationally for its collection of 19th- and 20th-century French paintings. Established in 1922, the museum houses extensive works by Post-Impressionist and Early Modern masters, such as Renoir, Matisse, and Picasso. It also exhibits American art, African sculptures, Native American crafts, and countless other international pieces. Honoring its founder Albert C. Barnes’s commitment to fine arts and horticulture, the Barnes Foundation also created the Barnes Arboretum, located on the Merion campus. Here you can round out your educational and cultural experience by viewing upwards of 2,000 species of trees and plants. For Barnes Foundation and beyond, use our Philadelphia trip planning app to get the most from your Philadelphia vacation.
Barnes Foundation reviews
Wonderful, intimate collection of impressionist work. Mostly Renoir and Cezanne. Definitely worth a trip. Takes less than 2 hours. more »
It's crazy to think a private citizen like Dr. Barnes could compile an art collection like this but here it is. 2 floors, room after room, wall to wall, floor to 10/15 feet up of art. Van Goghs... more »
Amazing architecture design! I spent 2 hours just walking around outside of the building and the lobby to appreciate the beauty of lighting and shadows. The facade of the building utilities various rectangles to create lively pattern. The pond around the building extend the visual height of the architecture and creates the serenity to provide the transitional atmosphere from outside to inside. The heavy entrance door to make us have one more second to feel the change from noisy outside works to the calm reception area.
Excellent museum. Dr. Albert Barnes who this museum is named after led a very interesting life. His ideas are reflected in his choices of the art he collected and even the placement of these pieces. This group of iconic pieces does not come together by accident. His ability to see talent in art that was not commonly thought of in this country as amazing examples of their genre was before his time. The art and grounds here are well mantained and cared for and is worth a visit!
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