The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. within Fairmount Park, displays an extensive collection of early Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Early Modern paintings, that includes 181 works by Pierre Auguste Renoir, 59 by Henri Matisse and 46 by Pablo Picasso. Other artists represented include Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Georges Seurat and Vincent Van Gogh. Native American pottery, Pennsylvania German decorative furniture, sculpture, ceramics and metalwork are displayed. Other noted collections include art from Africa, Central America, China, Greece and Rome.
What differentiates this art collection from most others is the way the pieces are displayed; each room displays American and European furniture and metalwork in ways that enhance and accentuate characteristics of the artworks. Therefore, don't be surprised to see painting masterpieces next to an antique tool or a chest from Pennsylvania Dutch country. The presentation is unconventional—exactly the way founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes wanted it to be.
Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.
$25; $23 (ages 65+); $10 (ages 6-18 and students with ID); free (college students with ID Mon.-Fri.). Audio tour included with admission. One-hour guided tour $45; 90-minute premier tour $60. Reservations are required. Parking: $12 for up to 4 hours.
Hours: Wed.-Mon. 10-5 (also 6-9 p.m. first Fri. of the month).