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

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.

Current themed tours:

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes's Wall Ensembles tour
2–3 pm
$45; members $22. Includes post-tour collection access. 

What makes the Barnes unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the "universal language of art" according to Dr. 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.

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.

Premier Tour: The Circle of Montparnasse: Jewish artists in the Barnes collection
Tuesdays in November and December, 4–5:30 pm 
A core group of Jewish artists made Montparnasse on Paris’s Left Bank their home in the early 20th century. They came to Paris seeking artistic freedom in the city that was the beating heart of the Western art world. Many of these artists—including Chagall, Lipchitz, Modigliani, Pascin, and Soutine—also found favor with Dr. Barnes, and their works are prominent in his collection.

This tour focuses on these and other Jewish artists important to the Barnes Foundation. Visit the programs page to view upcoming dates and register online.

Premier Tour: A Closer Look
Tuesdays in November and December, 4–5:30 pm 
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 Tour

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

Tours are scheduled Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday 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 or call 215-278-7200.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Sundays, November 15 or December 20, 2015
2:30–3:30 pm

Reserve a Family Tour on November 15 or December 20.

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

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



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