The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

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The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130, United States

Phone: 1215-2787200

Ticket Price: 18 USD

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:30 am - 06:00 pm Details

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Fine art and horticulture might seem like a strange combination but it’s worked fantastically well for the Barnes Foundation. Barnes was an early twentieth century chemist who made a fortune selling an anti-gonorrhea drug called Argyrol. With that fortune he established this museum. It’s collection of 2500 objects are suppose to value in at about $25 billion at today’s prices. Among it’s priceless paintings are 181 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 69 by Paul Cézanne, 59 by Henri Matisse, 46 by Pablo Picasso, 21 by Chaim Soutine, 18 by Henri Rousseau, 16 by Amedeo Modigliani, 11 by Edgar Degas, 7 by Vincent van Gogh, and 6 by Georges Seurat. Also included are Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; American and European furniture, decorative arts and metalwork. The setting of all this art is unique.


The Barnes Foundation Information

  • Prefer the self guided audio tour to the other guided tours.

The Barnes Foundation Ticket Prices

  • Seniors (65+): USD 15
  • Students (with valid ID): USD 10
  • Youth (6–18): USD 10
  • Children (0-5): Free.

How To reach The Barnes Foundation by Public Transport

  • Buses on Race St. and Arch St. and Callowhill st.

Restaurants Near The Barnes Foundation

  • Lox
  • Stock and Barrel
  • Cho Cho San
  • Pizzeria Vetri
  • Golden Chopsticks
  • Darling’s Cafe

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  • If you're not a 'art connoisseur' this is not the place for you. The building has some fantastic rooms, but the exhibition is located in relatively small rooms with overcrowded walls. If you walk around without a guide or audio guide your only possibility of information is in folders located in each room limited to the most basic info on each piece of art. All in all it was an underwhelming experience and didn't inspire a layman like me. You would spend your time and money better at Philadelphia Museum of art and the Rodin Museum.

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  • It is amazing! The most beautiful house I've ever seen. I could stay there for hours, just staring at the walls crowded with Renoir's paintings. Make sure you have at least 2 hours to visit the whole museum. But, if you can, stay there a little longer. Take your time, walk slowly from room to room, sit for a while and just enjoy it.

  • I'm not into art at all really. Not doing it or looking at it. However I believe in others right to do it and respect their abilities. I'm a person with many other interests besides art but I still enjoyed walking through here. You might find you like art a little more too if you take a stroll through here. I'm still not buying any paint brushes but I might be able to be talked into a walking through another Art Museum

  • I went here on my birthday and it was the best decision I ever made! Everything about this museum was amazing. The only downside though is you can't take pictures. The line thing didn't annoy me as much because when you think about it considering how it's expensive artwork it could get damaged if someone was to stand too close. It's for cautionary reasons. That by no means ruined the experience. Honestly I don't understand the negative reviews, I was in such awe over this place that I wanna return. The architecture was also really cutting edge and modern. This museum is awesome, hopefully I can go back someday.

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  • What a treat, and right in our own backyard! The Barnes has one of the largest private art collections. There are multiple paintings from Matisse, Cezanne, Monet, Renoire, Picasso - the list goes on! We went on a "First Sunday" special so the entry was free (and therefore the line was forming at an exponential speed!) Once you're passed the double door entry, you can go downstairs for coat check/waiting area until your time or straight through to the galleries if you wanted to hang out in the open space between galleries where they have a small cafe for coffee and snacks. The tickets have a time on them, and that is the time that you're able to actually enter into the galleries. I liked the organization of the rooms. Each room had a specific booklet, and each booklet was organized by wall - very easy to find the artwork you're interested in and learn more about the piece. The booklets gave us a glimpse of the history of the artwork, naming the artist and the titling of the piece. After that, it was all up to your imagination to peer and see what was intended (or not!) During the afternoon there is usually a group activity (it was arts and crafts the day we went) so definitely a good idea to bring the kids for these events. The group activity is independent from the art gallery viewing, so you're able to enter just for that if that is your plan. Honestly, great way to spend the morning getting your culture on, and the afternoon activities really help make this a fun family outing. Enjoy!

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