Tours

The Barnes Collection

The Barnes Foundation
Barnes Collection Tours

Daily Collection Tour

Approximately one hour; includes post-tour collection access.
$45; members $22. Check the ticketing calendar for available times.

Our docents, graduates of the educational program that Dr. Barnes founded, lead you on an exciting voyage of discovery as they discuss works in the collection and reveal the thinking behind the extraordinary presentation of these masterpieces.

Current themed tours:

A Closer Look
Tuesdays, 4–5:30 pm
Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation. 
Visit the programs page to view upcoming dates and register online.

Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesdays in July, August, and September, 4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer.
Visit the programs page to view upcoming dates and register online.


Private Tour

The Barnes Foundation offers private tours for small groups of up to six people.

Tours are scheduled Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, at 11 am or 2 pm (subject to availability). A specially trained docent will be provided for each tour, and will shape the tour to meet your interests. Private tours are one hour in length, and do not include special exhibitions. All tours are conducted in English.

Requests for tours must be made at least two weeks in advance. Private tours are $60 per person, which includes museum admission. Payment will be collected one week in advance of scheduled tour dates. All private tour fees are non-refundable.

To request a private tour, please contact Pbirmingham@barnesfoundation.org or call 215-278-7216.


Premier tours

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent at 4 pm on Tuesday, a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop. $60; members $30.
To book a Premier tour, go to the main ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday date.


Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Sundays July 19, August 16, and September 20 2015
2:30–3:30 pm

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery. Learn more

Adults $25; students/youth $15; adult members $13; student/youth members $7; children 5 and under free. Collection admission included; reservations required. 


Audio Tours

Download our adult and family tours app, Audio Tours at The Barnes Foundation, for free on your Apple or Android device (iTunes store or Google Play). Or, pick up an audio guide on-site; it's included with collection admission. Available in English, Spanish, French, and Japanese.

Funding for the Paul Cézanne audio tour generously provided by John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick.

 

Location

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130


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