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Barnes Foundation

Barnes Foundation

Open 10am-5pm Wed-Mon
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 19130

The basics

Though it’s now one of Philadelphia’s essential museums, the Barnes Foundation hasn’t actually been in Philadelphia all that long. Housed for decades at a historic arboretum building in suburban Merion, the museum grew out of the personal collection of Dr. Albert C. Barnes, who, despite his career in medicine, was an impassioned art lover. Barnes had prescient taste, and the museum’s collection features a roster of heavy-hitters from Picasso and Van Gogh to Matisse, Renoir, and Modigliani.

Its expansive new Philadelphia home makes the Barnes Foundation that much easier to visit. Tickets can be booked online in advance of your visit and are eligible for 48 hours. The museum’s exterior can also be viewed on a number of hop-on hop-off bus tours, which pass it as they coast along the city’s famed Parkway.

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Things to know before you go

  • In addition to its permanent collection, the Barnes Foundation also hosts a rotating array of temporary exhibitions, talks, and tours.

  • The Barnes Foundation is host to a restaurant (the Garden Restaurant), a café (the Reflections Café), and also operates a gift shop for those seeking souvenirs.

  • The museum is accessible to standard-size wheelchairs, includes a wheelchair-accessible restroom, and has a limited number of wheelchairs for rental.

  • All bags are inspected upon entry, and larger items like backpacks and strollers must be stored in the coat check or in lockers.

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How to get there

The Barnes Foundation is located on the Parkway at 20th Street. It is a roughly 10-minute walk from Suburban Station, which is served by numerous train lines, and can also be reached by numerous SEPTA bus lines. The Philly Phlash, a low-cost shuttle that connects many of Philadelphia’s key tourist attractions, also has a stop right outside.

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When to get there

The Barnes Foundation is open throughout the year from Thursday to Monday. It closes every year on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Because tickets are released in limited numbers, it’s recommended to book in advance of your visit.

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Collection highlights

For a museum so chock-full of masterpieces, it can be hard to narrow down the Barnes Foundation’s collection highlights. But many visitors seek several special pieces, including The Card Players by Cézanne, The Postman by Van Gogh, Models by Seurat, and The Dance by Matisse, created by the artist specifically for the museum’s original location.

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