With rich cultural and foundational historic value, Philadelphia offers fans of the modern and antique a view into the world through an arts, entertainment, governmental and culinary lens. Among the most popular attractions in the city is The Barnes Foundation, conveniently located within walking distance of many short-term rentals in Center City.
Founded in 1922 by Albert C. Barnes, the mission of The Barnes Foundation was to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” Barnes Philadelphia, the newest addition to the foundation’s campuses, opened in May 2012. The building houses the entirety of Albert Barnes’ art collection, which is one of the finest collections of works from impressionist and post-impressionist artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Chaim Soutine, as well as old master paintings, African sculpture, and Native American ceramics and jewelry, and much more.
The museum arboretum, located on 12 acres at the original Merion Campus, contains more than 2,500 varieties of trees and woody plants, many of which are rare. The arboretum was developed by Albert’s wife, Laura, where she served as director from 1928 until she succeeded her husband as president of The Barnes Foundation after his death in 1951.
Both the art museum and the arboretum offer educational courses to engage a diverse audience through art and botany.
A third campus, which is not open to the public, was once the country home of the Barnes family. While there are currently no plans to open the location, Ker-Feal is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania and contains German furniture and decorative arts.
To accommodate the small galleries throughout Barnes Philadelphia, walk-up tickets are sometimes, but not always, available. Reservations are especially recommended for weekend and holidays when museum traffic is at its height. For advanced ticket reservations, book online or call 215-278-7200 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.
For art and museum lovers alike, Barnes Philadelphia offers a spectacular view into the world’s fine art and into the life of a man dedicated to sharing it with as many he could. Make The Barnes Foundation top of your list when staying at short-term rentals in Center City.
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