The Barnes Foundation was established by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes is home to one of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and Modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin and Maurice Prendergast, and textiles, metalwork, decorative objects, African sculpture, Native American ceramics and jewelry, and Pennsylvania German furniture. The legendary Barnes collection is an experience like no other and is housed in a state-of-the-art building which also includes a special exhibitions gallery, a shop, a restaurant, and breathtaking event spaces. With classes, tours, PECO Free First Sunday Family Days, and First Friday events, discover why you’ll never stop seeing the Barnes.
The Barnes collection is displayed in ensembles that integrate art and objects from across cultures and time periods, overturning traditional hierarchies and revealing universal elements of human expression. Home to one of the world’s finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and Modern paintings—including the largest groups of works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (181) and Paul Cézanne (69) in existence—the Barnes brings together renowned canvases by Henri Matisse (59), Pablo Picasso (46), Amedeo Modigliani (16), and Vincent van Gogh (7), alongside African, Asian, ancient and medieval art as well as metalwork, furniture, and decorative art.
The Barnes collection galleries 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 appreciation classes, a Horticulture Certificate Program is offered at the Barnes Arboretum in Merion, PA. This three-year program, facilitated by St. Joseph's University, offers a comprehensive approach to the science and methods of horticulture and design, with coursework emphasizing aesthetics and the practical application of knowledge. Also offered are a number of hands-on workshops for amateur gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts. Learn more.
The Barnes Arboretum in 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.
In 2018, the Barnes Foundation launched an educational partnership with Saint Joseph’s University, expanding opportunities for students and the local community. Open weekends, 11am – 4pm, May 4–October 27. Free guided tours are held at 1pm, and an audio guide is available for smartphones.
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The Barnes Foundation’s family programs stir the imagination and generate excitement about art. Programs are designed to foster meaningful intergenerational art experiences for children and the entire family. Learn more
|College students (with valid ID)||$5.00|
|Children (12 and under)||Free|
The Barnes Shop is located on the Barnes Foundation’s lower-level. Visit in-person or online.
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