Discover the Building


Located on 4.5 acres, the two-story, 93,000-square-foot building houses the Foundation’s art collection.

The Collection Gallery

The collection is displayed in 12,000 square feet of exhibition space that replicates the scale, proportion, and configuration of the original galleries in Merion. An improved lighting system enables visitors to see the art in a more natural setting.

Special Exhibition Gallery

A 5,000-square-foot special exhibition gallery features regular temporary exhibitions of past and contemporary art that complements or responds to works in the Barnes Foundation's collection.


Significant space for achieving the Foundation’s core educational mission includes two in-gallery classrooms, a 150-seat auditorium, seminar rooms, and an art library.


Much-needed facilities for painting conservation and research ensure effective care of the collection.

Public Spaces

The building offers welcoming public spaces to create opportunities for relaxation and refreshment for all visitors. These include a 50-seat café with a courtyard for outdoor dining; an expanded gift shop; on-site parking; and indoor and outdoor gardens.


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"The guiding principle in this project has been to respect the underlying educational mission of the Barnes Foundation, to replicate the galleries and ensembles as well as the garden setting, and to create additional opportunities for increased access. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Olin landscape architects have skillfully and thoughtfully accomplished this task."

Dr. Bernard C. Watson, chairman of the Barnes Foundation Board of Trustees