The Barnes Foundation is one of the leading art museums in Philadelphia. An impressive building, world-class program of new exhibits, and exceptional permanent collection all add up to make visiting a true pleasure. Here are some more in depth reasons why we love The Barnes Foundation.
Throughout the year, The Barnes Foundation programs a number of exciting exhibits featuring art both old and new. One of its latest focuses on the work of an avant-garde impressionist from Paris named Berthe Morisot, and another showcases new paintings from American artist Pat Steir.
The Barnes Foundation hosts a number of talks and tours throughout a given month, each one focusing on different themes relevant in the art at the museum. In September and October, the museum has hosted talks focused on topics like impressionists embracing modern artistic developments, and a symposium on fashion and feminism.
At its core, The Barnes Foundation lives by its permanent collection, which is highly regarded in the arts world. The extensive and eclectic collection features work by iconic artists such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Henri Rousseau, and Henri Matisse. Beyond these household names, the collection holds many moving works by diamonds in the rough, and even unidentified artists.
Those who are interested in expanding their artistic horizons can choose from a number of fun and exciting events to attend at The Barnes Foundation. There are family-friendly options like Barnes Toddler Time, which is a storytime and art making class. There are also nightlife options like Young Professionals Night.
Almost another location and attraction of its own, the Barnes Arboretum lives eight miles from the Philadelphia museum. Home to an exceptional collection of living plants and trees, it’s also home to a horticultural school. For a unique field trip, head out to the grounds and learn about all of its rare plants and their regular blooms.