Barnes
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The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French painting in the world. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne and Matisse provide a depth of work by these artists that is unavailable elsewhere. Established as an educational institution, the Barnes carries out its mission teaching classes in its galleries and Arboretum.
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  • Lee4
    Little Rock, Arkansas1,910 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Museum
    This is such an interesting museum! My 17 year old & I visited in a Sunday morning, shortly after they opened. We bought tickets once we arrived but you can buy ahead of time online as well. I appreciate that 17 & under tickets are only $5! The grounds are lovely & peaceful—definitely nice to walk around outside a bit. Inside, we first stopped in to see the special exhibit on William Edmondson, a Black artist who sculpted pieces in Tennessee. Really interesting & he was an artist we’d never heard of before. Then we went through both floors of the permanent exhibits. It’s so interesting to see the paintings & other art & how they are grouped together. So much to see! It’s easy to spend as much or as little time as you’d like here. We saw several guided tours & several people listening to audio recordings. We decided to just walk & look & had a great time. I’m glad we finally visited here & highly recommend this museum!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • peterjones527
    Sydney, Australia19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic collection of art
    We had a brilliant one hour tour with a very passionate and knowledgable guide. The extra money we paid for this tour was well worth it as our guide was able to give us an in-depth background to the pieces of art that we were viewing. Without having a guide we would have missed so much of the knowledge linked to the laying out of the art on the walls as well as the focus on the colour, the line and technique of each of the pieces of art we viewed during the tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
  • wdctraver
    Washington DC, District of Columbia55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow wow wow!!!
    This is an amazing collection of art, a lot of impressionist art if you enjoy Renoir, Cezanne and others. Jam packed presentation of art with antique “hardware” like door hinges and locks and other metal household items interspersed. In each room there are pamphlets labeling each item. I would survey the pamphlet and them look closer at my favorites. The museum store is nice. I think there was a cafe? Pretty atrium. Easy parking. Very cool collection. We spent about 2 hours there. Small rooms are packed with art. Really neat. Highly recommend!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Kelly H
    Maine35 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many Renoirs
    An eclectic and unorganized and unlabeled collection. I found there was entirely too much Renoir. I very much enjoyed it on the whole. They have a few Seurats, one of my favorites and Van Goghs. I used a Go City Pass so the price was discounted, otherwise I might not think it a good value. Because the Collection is unlabeled you have to use your smartphone app to look up your information so come charged up. There are some paper pamphlets showing the same information in each section. You also have to scan your ticket in and out of the galleries as they limit the number.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Irma G
    1,677 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous high tech museum
    Huge collection of the world’s greatest art including Renoir, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Matisse, Cezanne and more. interesting juxtaposition of old and new. Download the app which is provided at the desk, point your smart phone to the pictures and get complete descriptions and histories. This will then be emailed to you!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Jordan B
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile visit with some privacy concerns
    Simply buying a ticket at the counter requires providing a zip code, email address and phone number with your credit card. It makes you wonder who the Barnes Foundation is selling your information to for future tracking and advertising. The visit itself is worthwhile with the largest collection of Renoir, Cezanne, and Modigliani I’ve seen in one museum. I also appreciated the numerous free tours available.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Oliver A
    Leeds, United Kingdom321 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum for everyone
    This was an excellent museum. We aren't art people but we had a whale of a time. The Franklin Institute was unexpectedly closed, so we headed here. There is a QR code that you can scan at the beginning which takes you to a website. The website allows you to scan the pieces of art to get more information. At the end, you can send the scanned pieces of art to your email address. It's a really cool feature and kept us engaged. It is a bit battery heavy though so bring a portable power bank.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 19, 2023
  • RonL40
    Utica, New York3,585 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing collection. Superb technology makes the visit more enjoyable
    Superb collection specializing in impressionism and post-impressionism, with world-class groupings of Renoir, Cezanne and Matisse. Very strong showing of Picasso, Prendergast, Glackens. And so much more, from Veronese to Milton Avery. There are two main floors and you could easily spend a full day here and not be disappointed. Amazing We were a bit hesitant about the technology the Barnes uses in presenting information about the work... a phone app is easily downloaded and you use your phone's camera to access a complete description of the work. The best thing is that after you use the app once, you are asked if you want the Barnes to send you all the images you viewed after you complete your tour. Worked perfectly... we have images and descriptions of over 300 pieces that we enjoyed.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2023
  • MAG724
    Boston, Massachusetts47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    LOVE THIS MUSEUM!
    This is a WONDERFUL museum! I've been to many, many museums and the Barnes will go down as one of my very favorites. They have lovely art and it is displayed in a warm, intimate way that lets you really feel and experience it, versus museums that have enormous galleries or items hung too high. The Barnes staff is wonderful! We took a free tour of the museum highlights and the woman giving the tour was so knowledgeable and so interested in what she was saying--it was lovely. I really feel like I learned something, which is rare on those tours. She even took questions. Then we happened upon another free talk they were giving on Dr Barne's vision for the museum and more information on the techniques of the artists. It was so edifying. LOVE this museum! Beautiful art, mostly Impressionists. Not to be missed.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 12, 2023
  • Elfma
    Greenwich, Connecticut688 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So Much To Take In
    No way to prepare for this experience. The buildings have a clean, peaceful, zen-like quality and incorporate monocromatic materials from around the world. Water and plantings complete the vibe. The galleries of the permanent collection are overwhelming. In a good way. Room after room of salon style presentations of Old Masters, Cezanne, Picasso, Renoir, Degas, Modigliani, Van Gogh and on and on, one on top of the other. No labels, you will need to use their app for the details on each work. African sculpture, tapestries, Early American furniture. The second wing features interestingly curated artists; in our case the work of Marie Laurencin. The museum has committed to a minimum of one show per year of a female artist. Lovely cafe for take away either indoors or in the garden. Live music and children's art classes were taking place during our visit. There is also a full restaurant. Highly recommend the private tour. Docent Kate G. provided excellent, helpful context, pricey but does include two days admission to the galleries.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 5, 2023
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David B
Wayne, PA81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The story behind this collection is as incredible as the collection itself. Don't miss The Barnes when you visit Philly! Our docent, Tracie, made our visit all the more enjoyable. She ran a little over time and we could have stayed for hours longer to enjoy her insights into the collection, its creator and the artists. It's a stunning facility and I highly recommend booking a Highlights tour with a docent for first time visitors. It was very inexpensive and money well spent/
Written June 11, 2024
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raybyerley
Mandeville, LA4,354 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
On May 31 when we visited only the 1st floor was open, their sign indicated they were refinishing floors on the 2nd & 3rd floor. So we walked around all the rooms on the first floor.

There were some very interesting pieces on display and we listened to a talk about Barnes, his ideas about art, and how the collection came about.

A sampling of the pictures on display are attached.
Written June 1, 2024
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Piero C
Annapolis, MD615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that Philadelphia can boast of two world class collections, but I couldn't help being pleased at the discovery. The Barnes must have more Renoirs than any museum outside of France, and as for Modiglianis, I can't imagine another museum with more. Sprinkled throughout are fantastic old masters, mainly Italian, as well as some lovely Picassos from his early youth, of the period best documented in Barcelona's Picasso museum. It's a very concentrated collection on two floors of a relatively small building, making this an excellent outing for children or others who might get tired out by wandering the other great museum in town. There is parking in the building, a much needed perk.
Written May 28, 2024
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Elizabeth R
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The line for ticketing was long because we went on a holiday weekend (day before Memorial Day) but the workers who helped us with our tickets were very kind despite the business. I've also seen shorter waits most of the time.
Inside despite the crowds there was still lots to see and it is all beautifully arranged.

The artwork is not labelled and there is a QR code to scan so you can use your phone to get more information about each artwork. We didn't want to use our phones but each room also has a small pamphlet telling you which artworks youre looking at. The only problem was that a few of the rooms were missing this pamphlet so if you wanted to learn the name or artist of a piece you might not be able to without your phone.

There were multiple tours and classes going on. We didn't participate but from the little snippets we passed by they seemed neat.

The snack counter was not worth it (but we were very hungry so we bought food from there anyway) and I'd recommend eating before or after in one of the many wonderful places to eat around the area.
Written May 27, 2024
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cscruzan
Santa Cruz, CA30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Really amazing collection. If you can go to one of the intro talks that explain the mind of Albert Barnes and his unusual approach to art display. It seems chaotic and confusing at first, but he had his methods. You will never see more Renoirs at once. And if you have time, the restaurant is EXCELLENT. We spent most of the day there and really left because of fatigue more so than actually being done. There is a good app for those people that are frustrated by lack of signage.
Written May 23, 2024
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LouisMegill
50 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The staff spend more time bothering the visitors about coats, scarfs, trying to get us to strip down to minimum clothing, so much that it was a very unenjoyable experience, especially for the price. Without mention on the website, we were told we could not carry or wrap our jackets around our waist. The choice was pay to check them down the stairs (not enough pockets to carry valuables in my jacket) or wear them. The museum was so hot that wearing them made it almost unbearable, we sweated throughout the museum. One staff told me I almost knocked something over with my coat over my shoulders. He clearly made this up! There are no freestanding objects, no sculptures, nothing! But the worst was a staff telling me I had to check my thin scarf that I had wrapped around my wrist like a bracelet. Absurd!! It weighs about 1 or 2 ounces, no more bulky than a bangle. These staff made this a terrible experience!
We were told the admission price, asked for the senior price, and the staff looked dismayed that we asked for it even though we are clearly seniors.
There are no markers or signs with the date, artist, name of painting next to the paintings. Some rooms have well worn paper guides, some rooms had nothing. We tried the digital guide before entering but it zapped the battery too much so we had no information on the collection, not even a printed map inside that we could take a photo.
We paid $28 each for the ongoing abuse from the staff and no information on the collection. Waste of time and needed a shower after. Our visit to the PMA after this was a delight with very nice staff and much available information. SKIP THE BARNES!
Written May 7, 2024
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packedandready2go
California944 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is one of the world's best collections of impressionist paintings. The building is well designed. The only problem is that instead of wall mounted cards with information about the painting and the artist you have to use the Barnes website accessed via a qr code. This did not seem to work for about 25% of the paintings I scanned and I noticed other patrons having similar problems. That said, the art collection is spectacular.
Written April 19, 2024
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Venture11794167969
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The Barnes in Philadelphia has gorgeous paintings, but I found the experience to be less than satisfying. I went to the 20 minute intro (not very lively or engaging) and learned about the collection and that rooms were arranged by certain artistic themes. The example were given was a room with elongated emphasized faces,,,,okay. We were supposed to figure out the other themes on our own as part of the learning experience, so no one was telling us what to see. That sounds great, but I could have used some more guidance. Many of the paintings were not labeled as to artist, so we were supposed to to use QR codes or the guides. My phone was running low and some rooms didn't have enough guides, so I had to try to read plates on paintings or try to recognize the artists (I'm familiar with impressionist artists, so I think I guessed pretty well). It was frustrating, but with that being said, the multitude of Renoirs, Manets, Cezannes, Picassos, etc were just incredible. I just think I could have enjoyed it more if it was a little more user friendly
Written April 2, 2024
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Mike G
374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Room after room of remarkable art. It is almost too much. Imagine 181 works by Renoir alone! See the orientation to the Barnes which i done hourly. The special exhibit of the work of Marie Laurenein is also quite wonderful. Our only disappointment was the cafe which has a very limited offering compared to other comparable museums (we should have tried the Garden Restaurant).
At one time there was a limited admission policy and timed tickets but this no longer seemed to be the case.
Written December 21, 2023
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Awegohi Z
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Bad coat check policy. Don’t tell you at the start that you can’t hold your jacket. Don’t require guests to check their handbags or backpacks. And many of the lockers don’t work! Completely ruined my experience.
Written November 24, 2023
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