The Barnes Foundation features one of the premier private collections of art in the world and is an educational institution that promotes its mission through public visitation and a variety of educational programming.
The Barnes Foundation's new building is located between 20th and 21st Streets along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Barnes collection is displayed in an exhibition space that replicates the scale, proportion and configuration of the original galleries in Merion. In addition, the new building has amenities for students and visitors including classrooms, a 5,000 square foot changing exhibition space, a 150 seat auditorium, a cafe and a gift shop.
The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early Modern paintings in the world, including an extraordinary number of masterpieces by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (181), Paul Cézanne (69), and Henri Matisse (59). The collection also includes important works by Pablo Picasso (46), Chaim Soutine (21), Henri Rousseau (18), Amedeo Modigliani (16), Edgar Degas (11), Vincent van Gogh (7), Georges Seurat (6), Edouard Manet (4), and Claude Monet (4).
The Galleries of the Barnes Foundation are the most exciting and stimulating classroom you will ever experience. Surrounded by beautiful ensembles of paintings by great masters, students engage in a study of visual perception, meaning, and interpretation using the principles and fundamental elements of design. The experience guides the student through the process of learning to see as an artist. In addition to the art classes The Arboretum School of the Barnes Foundation offers a three-year comprehensive course of study in the botanical sciences, horticulture practices, garden aesthetics, and design.
The Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, features an exceptional collection of rare and unusual trees and woody plants from all over the world. The 12-acre Arboretum includes a fern collection, formal rose and perennial gardens, lilac groves, and groupings of mature trees, including specimens not usually grown in the Mid-Atlantic region. Highlights include the Araucaria araucana, or monkey puzzle tree, native to Chile; Parrotia persica, or Persian ironwood, indigenous to northern Iran; and Sequoia sempervirens, or coast redwood, native to a narrow strip of land along the Pacific coast of North America.
The Arboretum is currently closed to public and will reopen in Fall 2012.
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Monday: 9:30 am–6 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am–6 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am–6 pm
Friday: 9:30 am–10 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am–6 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am–6 pm
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
The lot is accessible from Pennsylvania Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance. Parking tickets can be validated at the Guest Services Center or in the lobby. A membership card must be shown at the time of validation to receive member parking rates.
Visitors: $15 for up to 4 hours; $5 each additional hour Members: $12 for up to 4 hours; $5 each additional hour
Valet parking is available in the car and taxi drop-off area on 20th Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue. Valet services are offered during operating hours.
Visitors: $30 for up to 4 hours; $5 each additional hour Members: $25 for up to 4 hours; $5 each additional hour
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