A Variety of Visitor Options Now Includes Free Audio Guide and Admission to Special Exhibitions

PHILADELPHIA, PA, [April 12, 2012] — In an effort to enhance the visitor experience and bolster its educational mission, the Barnes Foundation will initiate a new ticket package and pricing structure that includes admission to the gallery collection, a free audio guide rental, and admission to special exhibitions, effective May 1, 2013.

The new package will reduce ticketing and queuing time and ease visitor flow in and out of the permanent collection galleries. Prices range from $18 to $22 for adult general admission, senior admission from $15 to $20, student admission will remain at $10, and members visit free. Currently adult general admission is $18 with audio guide devices available for $5.

“After a great deal of audience research and careful consideration, we have decided to make changes to the way people experience the Barnes Collection,” said Derek Gillman, President and Executive Director of the Barnes Foundation. “This new ticketing structure will help balance our desire to be more accessible to more people while ensuring that every visitor has a high quality experience in the galleries. As an educational institution, we want to encourage more of our audience to use the audio guides and we are preparing new tours to help visitors explore the collection and understand more about Dr. Barnes, and the Barnes Foundation’s educational mission. We are also broadening our commitment to free access to the collection by making public hours from 10am to 6pm on the first Sunday of each month completely free. Free tickets will also include the audio guide.”

The New Structure

  • Adult admission: 10 am–2:30 pm, $22, 3 pm until closing, $18
  • Seniors: 10 am–2:30 pm, $20, 3 pm until closing, $15
  • Students with I.D. $10 (all hours)
  • Admission is free for area art college students and children under 5
  • Admission is free for active military personnel
  • Admission is free for members (There is no increase in membership cost)
  • Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month
  • Audio tours and admission to special exhibitions are included with admission

About the Barnes Foundation
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 holdings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Giorgio de Chirico. The collection also includes works by American Masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin, and Maurice Prendergast, old master paintings, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, decorative arts, and antiquities from the Americas, the Mediterranean region, and Asia.

The Barnes Foundation's Art and Aesthetics programs engage a diverse array of audiences. These programs, occurring on-site, online, and in Philadelphia communities, advance the mission through progressive, experimental, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

In May 2012, the Barnes Foundation opened a new facility on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The Philadelphia campus is home to the Foundation’s world-famous art collection and is the site for a new series of temporary exhibitions in its Aileen and Brian Roberts Gallery which respond, relate to, or contextualize the Foundation’s permanent collection.

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall opens May 4, 2013, and includes the monumental iconic Sculpture for a Large Wall.

The Barnes Arboretum, located at the Merion campus, contains more than 2,000 species/varieties of trees and woody plants, many of them rare. Founded in the 1880s by Joseph Lapsley Wilson and subsequently added to under the direction of 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 offers a comprehensive, three-year certificate course of study in the botanical sciences, horticultural practices, garden aesthetics, and design through a well-grounded, scientific learning experience since its inauguration in 1940 by Mrs. Barnes.  The Barnes Foundation Archives are also located at the Merion campus.


The Barnes Foundation
Jan Rothschild, Senior Vice President for Communications
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