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Group Tours

Group Tours

A visit to the Barnes's unparalleled art collection leaves a lasting impression. The Barnes offers a number of group visit opportunities to satisfy the interests and needs of every group, from business and professional associations to social organizations and educational institutions.

Group Visit Benefits:

  • Expedited check-in
  • Includes access to special exhibitions
  • 10% discount in the Barnes Shop
  • 10% off a membership
  • Buses welcome. Easy drop-off and pick-up along Pennsylvania Ave.

Choose from the following group packages:

Private Group Tour ($45 per person)
For groups of 15–45
Private tours of the collection during public hours are led by docents and staff. The tours last approximately one hour and can be customized from a range of themes.
Reserve Online

Group Visit Plus ($30 per person)
For groups of 30–60
Your visit begins with a special 30-minute introduction to the collection and Dr. Barnes's unique approach to displaying art. Then, enjoy time in the gallery with a complimentary audio guide for each group member.
Reserve Online

Group Visit Inside Look ($30 per person)
For groups of 30–60
Inside Look: Dr. Albert C. Barnes and the African-American community
From his hardscrabble childhood in the slums of Philadelphia to his success as a pharmaceutical magnate, this 30-minute presentation uses the Foundation’s archives to examine Albert Barnes as much more than an art collector and educator. By detailing his support of his employees, the Harlem Renaissance, African art, and African-American organizations and artists, a fuller picture of Barnes and his mission emerges, showing him as a progressive who wanted to make art accessible to everyone, and a staunch ally of the black community and the fledgling civil rights movement. Collection access with complimentary audio guide after tour.
Reserve Online

Standard Group Visit ($20 per person)
For groups of 15–60
Tour the Barnes at your own pace with easy-to-use digital audio guides that provide expert commentary, music, and art history references.
Reserve Online


Premier Group Tour ($75 per person)
For groups of 15–60
In the most exclusive of the group opportunities, you can enjoy an intimate, specialized tour of the collection outside of public hours. Led by docents and staff, your tour will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
For reservations, call 215.278.7220

Premium Group Visit ($45 per person)
For groups of 15–60
In our newest exclusive offering, tour the Barnes outside of public hours at your own pace with easy-to-use digital audio guides that provide expert commentary, music, and art history references.
For reservations, call 215.278.7220


Themed tours:

In addition to our regular tours, choose from one of these new themed offerings led by our expert docents:

  • Renoir Tour: with 181 works in the collection, examine Renoir’s evolving technique and styles over his 40-year career, and learn why Dr. Barnes claimed, “I can never have enough Renoirs.”
  • Cézanne Tour: the Barnes has the largest holding of Cézanne masterpieces in the world. Discover why this artist is heralded as the grandfather of modern art. 
  • Best of the Barnes: enjoy an in-depth tour focusing on a selection of the most historically important masterpieces in the collection.
  • Impressionism Tour: Manet, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Sisley, Cézanne: legendary pioneers of the impressionist movement. Learn about their lush landscapes and innovative techniques that inspired a new way of seeing.
  • Picasso and Matisse Tour: as friends and rivals, Picasso and Matisse pushed the boundaries of modern art in new, dynamic, and inventive ways. Learn how they transformed art as we know it.

Book Today

To book your group visit, call 215.278.7220 or email us.


Group dining offerings

The Barnes is pleased to introduce group dining opportunities this fall. Email us or call 215.278.7221 for more information


Group visits include access to exhibitions on view

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders
January 24–April 21, 2014

A Barnes exclusive
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The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne
June 22–September 22, 2014

Only US Venue
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William Glackens
 
November 8, 2014–February 2, 2015

Never-before-seen works
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Special Exhibition access is included with your group visit.

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