The Barnes Foundation

One of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings

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A view of the new Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in downtown Philadelphia.

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View of the Barnes Foundation from 21st Street.

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West wall of Room 23 at the Barnes Foundation.

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East wall of Room 18 at the Barnes Foundation.

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Lower lobby looking into the Gallery Garden and Library.

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View of Collection Gallery and Gallery Garden from Light Court.

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Overview

The Barnes Foundation campus in Philadelphia is a breathtaking addition to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Hailed as a “gallery within a garden and a garden within a gallery”, the impressive 93,000-square-foot, two story building housing Dr. Albert C. Barnes’s legendary art collection is a sight to behold.

Set upon the building’s hand-tooled limestone panels is a translucent canopy that casts a warm glow onto the interior courtyard by day and glows like a beacon on the parkway by night.

Inside the building, the Barnes art collection is presented within a 12,000-square-foot gallery that preserves the scale, proportion and configuration of the original Merion gallery. The arrangement allows the world’s largest collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings along with African sculpture Pennsylvania Dutch decorative arts and other important works to be viewed as intended.

In addition, the building features space for the Barnes Foundation education programs and a 5,000-square-foot-space for temporary exhibitions.

The Barnes Foundation Hotel Package

Complete your visit to The Barnes Foundation with a stay in one of Philadelphia’s incredible hotels. The Barnes Foundation Hotel Package includes untimed tickets to The Barnes Foundation, audio guides, discounts and more. To discover participating hotels, additional offers and book your stay, click here.

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featured artwork

The Barnes Totem by Ellsworth Kelly
Chest, 1784, United States, Pennsylvania at the Barnes Foundation.
Seated Couple by the Dogon peoples at the Barnes Foundation.
Supper Time by Horace Pippin at the Barnes Foundation.
The Large Bathers (Les Grandes baigneuses) by Paul Cézanne at the Barnes Foundation.
Models (Poseuses) by Georges Seurat at the Barnes Foundation.
Bathing Group by Pierre-Auguste Renoir at the Barnes Foundation.
The Card Players by Paul Cézanne at the Barnes Foundation.
The Postman by Vincent van Gogh at the Barnes Foundation