Tours

The Barnes Collection

The Barnes Foundation
Barnes Collection Tours

Explore thousands of masterpieces in the Barnes collection, whose arrangements are as awe-inspiring as the art itself. Discover why visitors say a docent-led tour is “the ultimate way to experience the art at the Barnes.”

 

Daily collection tour
Approximately one hour
Specially trained docents lead you on an exciting voyage of discovery that features highlights of the collection, key artists in the collection, the history of the Foundation’s educational mission, as well as the thinking behind the extraordinary presentation of these masterpieces. This tour is invaluable for first-time visitors. Includes post-tour collection access.
$45; members $22

Check the ticketing calendar for available times.


Famously Unorthodox: Barnes's Wall Ensembles Tour
Thursdays
2–3 pm
What makes the Barnes unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art in the Barnes collection is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the "universal language of art," according to founder Albert Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur-turned-eccentric collector and deconstruct his "experiments in education" that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform. Includes post-tour collection access. 
$45; members $22

Check the ticketing calendar for available times.


Tuesday premier tours
Tuesdays
4–5:30 pm
These intimate 90-minute tours with a specially trained docent take place when the collection is closed to the public and include private access to the Barnes Shop.
$60; members $30

To book a Premier tour, go to the ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday date.

Artists of Montparnasse: Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Soutine, and Rousseau
Discover the artists who lived and worked in this Parisian Left Bank neighborhood in the early 20th century. The melting pot of French and international artists in Montparnasse transformed modern art.

A Closer Look
Gain insight into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.


Private tours
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays
11 am–noon or 2–3 pm
Explore the Barnes collection with a specially trained docent, who will shape the tour around your group’s interests. Tours are for groups of six or less and do not include exhibitions. All tours are conducted in English. Includes post-tour collection access.
$60 per person. Non-refundable payment collected one week in advance of scheduled tour.

Request tours at least two weeks in advance: reserve@barnesfoundation.org or 215.278.7200.


Exhibition tours

Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change
Daily, through May 9
10:30–11:30 am
Picasso continuously shifted his style during the tumultuous years before and after the First World War, using both cubist and classical modes in his art. This hour-long tour highlights works by Picasso from major American and European museums and private collections, including four costumes the artist designed for the avant-garde ballet Parade in 1917. The exhibition includes other important paintings by Picasso’s contemporaries, including Juan Gris, Henri Matisse, and Diego Rivera.
$20; members $10

Check the ticketing calendar for available times.

Picasso and the Barnes Collection
Daily, through May 9
2–3:30 pm
Your tour begins with Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change, then moves into the Collection Gallery to view significant Picasso paintings in the Barnes collection, including The Ascetic, Acrobat and Young Harlequin, and Violin, Sheet Music, and Bottle. Barnes collected 46 works by Picasso, many from the early years of the artist’s career. Includes post-tour collection access
$50; members $25

Check the ticketing calendar for available times.


Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights
Second and third Sundays of each month
2:30–3:30 pm
See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the Collection Gallery. Collection admission included; reservations required. 
Adults $25; students/youth $15; members free; children 5 and under free

Reserve family tours online or call 215.278.7200.


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, French, Japanese, and Spanish.

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

Location

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130


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