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Philadelphia, PA, November 15, 2016 – To welcome more visitors during the holiday season, the Barnes Foundation extends its hours around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and the beginning of the new year.

"We invite the Philadelphia community, along with visiting friends and family, to come to the Barnes and fill their holidays with memorable art experiences," says Thom Collins, Barnes executive director and president. "This year, visitors have the opportunity to see not only the renowned permanent collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings, but also Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890–1950, which the Wall Street Journal calls 'a stunning exhibition.'"

Holiday hours at the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia) are:


Wednesday, November 23: 10 am–5 pm (regular hours)


BLACK FRIDAY, November 25: 10 am–8 pm

Saturday, November 26: 10 am–8 pm

Sunday, November 27: 10 am–5 pm (regular hours)


CHRISTMAS EVE, Saturday, December 24: 10 am–5 pm (regular hours)

CHRISTMAS DAY, Sunday, December 25: CLOSED

Monday, December 26: 10 am–8 pm

Tuesday, December 27: 10 am–8 pm

Wednesday, December 28: 10 am–8 pm

Thursday, December 29: 10 am–8 pm

Friday, December 30: 10 am–8 pm

NEW YEAR'S EVE, Saturday, December 31: 10 am–5 pm (regular hours)


NEW YEAR'S DAY, Sunday, January 1: 10 am–5 pm (Free First Sunday, regular hours)

Monday, January 2: 10 am–8 pm

The Barnes Shop is a great destination for holiday shopping. No tickets needed to visit the Shop, which features a selection of handcrafted objects for home and garden, artisanal jewelry, textiles, gifts, books, and print-on-demand fine art reproductions of favorite works from the collection. To coincide with Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890–1950, the Shop is offering a great array of photography-related gifts, including the Lomo'Instant Sanremo camera. Member appreciation days this holiday season include Fridays in December, featuring additional discounts for members, Barnes docents, and staff. The Shop is also hosting a sample sale December 26–28. The Shop operates during times the Barnes Foundation is open to the public.


Barnes Tuesday Premier Tours and Family Tours make great holiday experiences for family visiting from out of town.

PONO Jewelry Trunk Show
Sunday, November 20, noon–5 pm
The Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia)
We're excited to host jewelry designer Joan Goodman and her PONO line; the classic, Italian-made pieces are favorites in the Barnes Shop. Made of materials ranging from horn, wood, and shell to metal and resin, PONO pieces are timeless and collectible, and we have a great selection to choose from—they make superb holiday gifts. Member discounts apply.

Holiday Wreath Workshop
Saturday, December 3, 9 am–noon or 1–4 pm
The Barnes Arboretum (300 North Latch's Lane, Merion)
Instructor: Rachel Burlington, Barnes gardener and Pennsylvania certified horticulturist

Learn simple techniques to transform a selection of fresh-cut evergreens, pods, cones, and berries from the Barnes Arboretum into a wreath embellished with unusual decorative elements inspired by nature.

Barnes Open House: Art After Hours + Pop-up Holiday Market
Friday, December 16, 5–8 pm
The Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia)
Friends, families, and Parkway neighbors, gather at the Barnes this holiday season for after-hours art, shopping, and winter fun for the whole gang! We're hosting an open house with free admission to our exhibition Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890–1950. Stroll through the holiday market and meet local vendors, shop for artisanal gifts, and enjoy wine tastings. Other seasonal spirits and gastro fare by Starr Catering are available for purchase. Don't forget to stop by our booth to snap a 19-century selfie—plus, photography is permitted in the exhibition so share your snaps using #LiveandLifePhoto and we'll feature our favorites. (FREE; exhibition access only).


Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890–1950

On view through January 9, 2017

In its first photography exhibition, the Barnes Foundation presents over 170 vintage photographs that capture the spirit of France in the late 19th to mid-20th century, a period of rapid transformation in every aspect of daily life. Nearly a third of these prints have never been exhibited. The show features work by a range of photographers who experimented in their documentation of modern French life, including such masters as Berenice Abbott, Eugène Atget, Ilse Bing, Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edgar Degas, André Kertész, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Dora Maar, and Man Ray. Titled after a remark by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Live and Life Will Give You Pictures is on view in the Roberts Gallery.

Archives Exhibition: Cher Matisse

Selected letters and photographs from the Barnes archives unveil the warm relationship between Albert Barnes and Henri Matisse, including their correspondence while Matisse was working on the Dance mural in Nice, France. On display on the Lower Level.


The Barnes Arboretum in Merion, Pennsylvania (300 N. Latch's Lane), is closed for the season; it reopens in spring 2017. Horticulture courses are available throughout the year.


The Barnes Foundation ( was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to "promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture." The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early 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; old master paintings; important examples of African sculpture; Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles; American paintings and decorative arts; and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia. The Barnes Foundation's Art and Aesthetics programs engage diverse audiences. These programs, held at the Philadelphia campus, online, and in Philadelphia communities, advance the mission through progressive, experimental, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

The Barnes Arboretum, at the Merion campus, contains more than 2,000 varieties of trees and woody plants, many of them rare. Founded in the 1880s by Joseph Lapsley Wilson and expanded under the direction of Mrs. Laura L. Barnes, the collection includes a fern-leaf beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Laciniata'), a dove tree (Davidia involucrata), a monkey-puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), and a redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Other important plant collections include lilacs, peonies, Stewartias and magnolias. The Horticulture school at the Barnes Foundation in Merion has offered a comprehensive three-year certificate course in the botanical sciences, horticulture, garden aesthetics, and design since its establishment in 1940 by Mrs. Barnes.


Deirdre Maher, Director of Communications
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