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The Barnes Foundation

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Address: 300 North Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066
Phone Number: +1 215-278-7350
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Barnes of Merion and Barnes on the Parkway

No matter how "artistically arranged the Parkway Barnes is", those who have frequented the Barnes of Merion ( I literally live for the last 39 years, about 2 walking blocks from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2016
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Merion Station, Pennsylvania
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Merion Station, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

No matter how "artistically arranged the Parkway Barnes is", those who have frequented the Barnes of Merion ( I literally live for the last 39 years, about 2 walking blocks from the Merion Barnes) will say, that there is nothing like the old Barnes. True, they tried to "copy the way Dr. Barnes arranged his art at Merion, but the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Before summer ends you might want to take a walk through the Barnes Arboretum, a hidden treasure of horticultural rarities spread over 12-acres in suburban Merion, Pa., a short distance from the art filled Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. The Arboretum was Mrs. Barnes’ passion. The Barnses purchased the land in 1922 from an equally devoted... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Barnes foundation has more master pieces of Renoir,Matisse than Paris. The gallary is divided to small room like a private house. They exhibit to mix different painters, sometime a small piece on top of a larger paint. This is the top of world museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We were not happy when the museum was "stolen" and moved to Philadelphia, but the Philadelphia facility is world class, the collection is extraordanary, and the special exhibits are for the most part unique and well done. A "must see" if you are interested in impressionist art.

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louisville,ky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

You must be artistic to thoroughly appreciate what this foundation has created!! Albert Barnes really did create a fabulous and creative ensembles that have extraordinary ties to one another and to the room and the neighboring rooms!! It's original Matisse mural is breathtaking, especially when you see his original sketches. We did a personal tour and our guide was fabulous... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Be prepared. This is a very different experience and can be quite overwhelming. We usually don't do tours but this is one case where it may have helped. The Barnes Collection is meant to be viewed as ensembles. At first, a whole wall of remarkable and stunning pieces can seem cluttered and jumbled when you're trying to see or understand... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Well worth visiting, you will need several hours to fully appreciate this collection. Anyone who appreciates 19th and early 20th century European art will be in for a treat.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

This is a lovely venue for viewing one man's personal collection of art. The displays are deliberately set up as they were in the original building in Merion. This provides a unique opportunity to learn about Barnes and his love of and interpretation of the art wok. The fact that the audio guides are included in the admission price is... More 

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STATEN ISLAND
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

This museum has a fabulous Cezanne collection. The organization of the art is quite different from anything we have witnessed before but certainly opens ones eyes to the connection of space, art and time. It is wonderfully maintained and you could spend an entire day in the galleries. Well worth the visit.

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St. Augustine, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

...than even the astonish collection of paintings, not to mention antique iron work and furniture. Go! You will be pleased. While there have lunch at the small, elegant restaurant, creative menu is surprisingly good and fairly priced.

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