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We are thrilled to open our doors once again and welcome you back to the Barnes. You'll find everything you need to know about your next visit (and our safety protocols) below.

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What to Know

We've made changes to our procedures to ensure a safe, inspiring experience for all (see details here). Before your visit, please note the following guidelines:

Always wear a mask/face covering, and make sure it fits over your nose and mouth.

Practice safe social distancing. Please keep six feet between yourself and other people.

Please wash/sanitize your hands.

A limited number of visitors will be permitted in the galleries at one time.

A one-way flow of traffic will be required in the galleries and some other areas.

Contactless payment is available and encouraged throughout the building.


Our chief experience officer, Valerie Gay, walks you through our new safety procedures for your next visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to visit the Barnes Foundation?
We have made changes to our operations to prioritize the health and safety of our visitors and staff, following recommendations from federal, state, and city health officials, and discussions with our staff, medical professionals, and our colleagues at cultural institutions across Pennsylvania and around the world (see details here).

However, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present.

We encourage visitors to review the CDC’s guidelines regarding who may be at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 to help determine whether they feel comfortable visiting at this time.

Visitors should also assess their own health before visiting the Barnes. If you feel unwell or exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home, seek medical attention if needed, and plan your visit for another time.

What's the best way to get tickets?
We have reduced visitor capacity, so it’s best to book ahead, which also helps keep transactions contactless. Please order tickets online or via phone at 215.278.7200. You may print your ticket at home or have it handy on your smartphone prior to your arrival.

Members are encouraged to reserve tickets online.

Are wheelchairs available for visitors with disabilities?
A limited number of wheelchairs are available on-site, and they will be cleaned and disinfected after each use. The wheelchairs are free of charge and do not require a reservation.

Will a coat check be available?
A coat check is available; however, guests should avoid bringing coats and large bags unless necessary for a medical reason. All bags are inspected at entry; backpacks, backpack-style child-carriers, oversize strollers, umbrellas, bulky coats, and bags and packages larger than 12 x 10 inches must be stowed in our free coat check or lockers on the Lower Level.

Is parking available?
Yes, limited first-come, first-served paid parking is available in our parking lot, on Pennsylvania Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets. Valet parking is suspended until further notice. See Getting Here.

Has the Barnes resumed on-site programming?
Public programs such as First Friday and Artist Bash have been paused until further notice, but we have a number of online offerings, including performances and classes.

Can I host private events at the Barnes?
Yes, however, please note that the Barnes is following CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines for gatherings. Please contact and refer to our events page for more information.

Are groups able to visit the Barnes?
Yes, however, please note that the Barnes is following CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines for gatherings. We are reserving small group experiences and offering customized online tour programs. To learn more, please email us or refer to our group tours page.