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Highlights

  • There is nowhere else like the Barnes! While most collections are grouped by chronology, style or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color and space—principles that founder Albert Barnes called “the universal language of art.”
  • Explore significant works by Matisse, Picasso, Modigli­ani, Van Gogh, and other renowned artists; the collection includes the world's largest holdings of paintings by Renoir (181) and Cézanne (69), as well as 59 works by Matisse and 46 by Picasso.
  • See Matisse’s The Dance in the Main Gallery of the collection, and Vincent Van Gogh’s The Postman in Room 2 of the collection.
  • Experience the art ensembles—combinations of fine and decorative art from across time periods and cultures—organized by Barnes founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes.
Photo by Michael Perez. Courtesy of the Barnes Foundation.

Location

BARNES FOUNDATION
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Contact

Hours

Wed-Mon, 11am-5pm

(215) 278-7000
barnesfoundation.org

Offers/Upgrades

Daily Highlights Tour: This one-hour tour is perfect for first-time visitors. Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes. Available weekdays 11am-noon (closed Tuesdays) and weekends 10-11am, 11am–noon. Speak to a Visitor Experience Associate upon arrival.

Daily Spotlight Tour: Each month, our Spotlight Tours focus on a different artist or theme, allowing for a deeper dive into a specific area of the collection. Available Wed-Mon, noon-1pm. Speak to a Visitor Experience Associate upon arrival.

Daily Premier Tour: This intimate 90-minute tour, led by a specially trained docent, takes place while the Barnes is closed to the public. Available Wed-Mon, 4:30-6pm. Speak to a Visitor Experience Associate upon arrival.

Advice for Visitors

Tips:

  • Stop in to watch “The Collector,” a free film providing insight into Dr. Albert Barnes and the ensembles, before entering the collection.
  • In addition to seeing the legendary Barnes collection, don’t miss the special exhibition currently on view.
  • Listen to a pop-up talk by a member of the Art Team in the collection.
  • Have lunch in the Barnes Foundation’s Garden Restaurant, and before you leave the museum, check out the artisanal gifts in the Barnes Shop.
  • Lightweight jackets and small bags are okay, but please check coats and any bags larger than 12x10 inches before entering the collection.
  • Note taking and sketching with graphite pencil is permitted using notebooks no larger than 9x12 inches. Please note: If the galleries are crowded, guests may be asked to stop sketching, writing, or taking photos in order to help maintain movement throughout the space.
  • Unless otherwise posted, The Barnes Foundation allows photography, but please no flash, tripods or selfie sticks.
  • Share your photos on social media using #BarnesFoundation.

Amenities:

  • Dining: The Garden Restaurant, Reflections Café, Canvas Coffee Bar
  • Gift Shops: The Barnes Shop

Accessiblity: Click here for information on accessibility.

Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit the Barnes Foundation is on weekdays or after 2pm on weekends. The most popular days are when school is not in session, such as holidays.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups should contact The Barnes Foundation preferably 48 hours prior to visiting, but at least 24 hours prior. Email groups@barnesfoundation.org or call (215) 278-7220 9am-5pm EST Monday-Fridaty.