The Barnes Foundation

The Nitty Gritty

Good Neighborhood X
Kind Employee’s
Accessible Parking X ( if there is availability )
Sensible way finding X
Accessible Public Transportation X
Kid Friendly
Gift Shop worth visiting
Clean Bathrooms! X
Labels you can find
Reasonable Pricing
Ample Sitting Room
Cool visitor materials
Student discount


The history that the barnes foundation is vast, and some what heart breaking. Albert Barnes followed his heart and achieved a true sense of greatness within the art world. Unfortunately I would have to say the achievement was controversial and, at the time, an invasion of Dr. Barnes’ Rights.

If you are from the Philadelphia area and have read a paper or watched the news in the last decade you have seen the amount of coverage dedicated to this collection. If you are not familiar with the situation I will now give you a brief idea of the controversial situation I am speaking about. I would also recommend a movie called Art of the Steal which has been shown on premium channels and can be found on Netflix which walks you through the situation in great detail.


Albert Barnes grew up in the Philadelphia area, where he attended the University of Pennsylvania. In his career he was responsible for inventing an eye drop given to every baby born to avoid blindness. This inevitably this made Dr. Barnes a wealthy man. He collected artwork from the greats such as Renoir and Picasso but at the time people did not recognize the greatness he had acquired. From that point on Barnes made it his mission to use his collection to help educate teachers and students. The foundation was created in Lower Merion. Many things have happens since then but over time the collection has been moved out of the original location in order for it to be more accessible to the Philadelphia area.

The Mission:
“the promotion of the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts.”


2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Monday:10 am–6 pm
Wednesday:10 am–6 pm
Thursday:10 am–6 pm
Friday:10 am–10 pm
Saturday:10 am–6 pm
Sunday:10 am–6 pm

Advance reservations are highly recommended.
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Starting May 1st, audio guides are now included in the price of admission.

Adults:Starting at $18*
Seniors (65 and older):Starting at $15*
Children (0-5):Free

*Admission price depends on day and time of visit
**Visitors aged 17 and younger and full-time
students with valid student ID

My trip to the Barnes was spontaneous and let me be clear that was my first mistake. Although the Barnes has been moved to make it more accessible you need to by a weekend ticket almost a month in advance which obviously makes the trip very inconvenient. In order to get into the museum we needed to purchase a membership because as a member you do not need to book tickets in advance. The employees seems pretentious and somewhat rude. I am educated I am completely aware of the collection that lies behind those walls but I was hoping after the millions of dollars spent in honor of accessibility I would have the ability to walk into the museum.

Additionally, bags are measured before entrances because they have had issues with bags interfering with the collection. Therefore is your bag is too large you are required to check it and they give you a small clear bag to carry with you. The bathrooms are also completely removed from the collections on the lower level and it was very difficult to get to them due to the crowds.

Unfortunately the museum was completely over crowded because even though the pieces are in a new building they have kept the exact same dimensions of the original rooms in order to keep the authenticity of the ensembles Dr. Barnes created. Let me be clear the room was so packed that a visitor knocked something over while I was in attendance.

The security is friendly and you will have a lot interaction with them because they are doubled up in practically every room warning you over and over to be aware of the lines that have been put on the floor to keep an appropriate distance.

The saving grace of the visit is that each piece of work you see takes your breath away. Dr. Barnes unique placement of work truly leads your eyes to see things that you may not have seen otherwise. There are so many famous works there it almost takes away from how significant each piece is on its own. You find yourself saying oh just a few more Reniors when in reality its amazing to find all of these pieces in one place.

My favorite works through out the museum were pieces done by an.artist names Glackens. I had not heard of him prior to visiting but he is from the Philadelphia area and I really loved the work.

I am torn on my position of the Barnes. The overall uniqueness that the Barnes Foundation once had has been washed away by a higher power. Unfortunately this happens but its sad to see the original building go because I truly feel that added so much to the overall experience. The old building gave you the overwhelming experience that this was all acquired due to one man’s taste and his goal of furthering the education of art no matter what others thought. Dr. Barnes was a visionary and no matter where the collection may be that fact will never change.


Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Nitty Gritty

Good Neighborhood X
Kind Employee’s X
Accessible Parking X
Sensible way finding X
Accessible Public Transportation X
Kid Friendly X
Gift Shop worth visiting X
Clean Bathrooms! X
Labels you can find X
Reasonable Pricing X
Ample Sitting Room X
Memorable X
Spacious X
Cool visitor materials X
Student discount X

Mission Statement

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, in partnership with the city, the region, and art museums around the globe, seeks to preserve, enhance, interpret, and extend the reach of its great collections in particular, and the visual arts in general, to an increasing and increasingly diverse audience as a source of delight, illumination and lifelong learning.


Access for two consecutive days to main Museum building, Perelman Building, Rodin Museum, and Historic House Mount Pleasant.
Adults: $20
Seniors (65 & over): $18
Students (with valid ID): $14
Youth (13–18): $14
Children (12 & under): Free
Members (Join): Free

*Holiday Hours

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the 4th of July
Open normal hours on the following holidays:
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Presidents’ Day
Memorial Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
** Select galleries are open Friday evenings.

Main Building
Mondays: Closed *
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday** evenings: open until 8:45 p.m.

Perelman Building

Mondays: Closed *
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday evenings: Closed

Rodin Museum
Tuesdays: Closed *
Wednesday-Monday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
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Historic Houses
April through December Guided Public Tours
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the place where my love and passion for the arts began. My parents would take us to the museum to walk around and look at the work. My brother always insisting on stopping at the armory and My favorite stops would always be seeing the bronze Degas dancer. In high school I had the opportunity to have an Artist come to our school and teach us the art of Stain Glass. We hand carfted our own Stain Glass which was displayed at the Museum and enterered into a contest in which my class recieved 2nd place.


College gave me the opportunity to be a neighbor of a museum I have always loved. As a Westphal student I am given the opporrunity to have a student membership which gives me the opportunity to enter the museum free of charge. This opportunity has given me the chance to incorporate the museum into my daily life. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has grown with me. I owe so much of my knowledge and life experience to the Museum and I hope that you will be able to see some aspects of the museums that you enjoy as well.


The Philadelphia museum of art is a wonderful experience! The museum is surrounded by water and a beautiful trail that leads you past boat house row. If you are a pop culture fan this is also where you will find the infamous steps that Rocky used as part of athletic routine. His statue will be found out front of the museum.

Sylvester Stallone Rocky

The employees are wonderful. The security guards will talk to you about the art which is a refreshing experience. Their passion fills the halls and it makes the experience noteworthy. The maps are helpful but take your time, walk to exhibits that interest you because there are so many topics within the museum you really get to dictate how you spend your time and what type of experience you have. There are signs throughout the museum but a lot of the halls look very similar so if you do in fact get lost the guards are very helpful. If you are traveling with kids there are a few things you must see. There is a tea house that is life size which really gives you the ability to feel surrounded by the art. There is also a few more exhibits that give you the same feeling. These exhibits give you the ability to travel the world without ever leaving Philadelphia. As an adult the impressionist collection really is worth visiting. I also recommend viewing the modern art. Enjoy your visit. Feel free to comment or ask questions.