Discover why groups say a docent-led tour is “the ultimate way to experience the art at the Barnes.”
- Standard: 1-hour tour
- Plus: 90 minute private tour outside admission hours
Have a particular artist or theme you’re interested in? We can cater our docent-led tours to your interests, from landscape paintings to specific art movements. Request a topic that aligns with your passions when you book your tour.
Please note that tours led by third-party operators are not permitted except by special arrangement.
Visit for as long as you like, at your own pace, with a self-guided standard visit. Or dive deeper into the artistic styles and stories behind the works in the collection with a self-guided plus visit.
- Self-Guided: Individuals in your group explore the thousands of masterpieces in the Barnes collection at their own pace.
- Self-Guided Plus: Start your visit with a 30-minute introduction by a docent before exploring the Barnes collection.
Tour our award-winning LEED Platinum building, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, and the grounds. Tours are 45–60 minutes and include a presentation in our auditorium. Completely immerse yourself in the Barnes by adding a docent-led tour of the collection after you see the building.
Tickets are available upon request to groups of 15 or more for tours of the Barnes Arboretum in Merion, PA.
Please provide at least three weeks' notice to book a group visit.
The brand-new Garden Pavilion is the ideal venue for groups of all sizes. This beautiful setting boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook our garden courtyard. Groups will enjoy a sustainable and ethically sourced meal provided exclusively by Starr Catering Group.
For groups exploring at their own pace, dining vouchers are now available and may be redeemed at both coffee bars and the Garden Restaurant.
Don’t forget to ask about group dining offers when you call to book your group.
For our international groups, we supply information sheets and guidelines in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin. To request one, email us. Tour operators must register before requesting translated materials.
Our bus drop-off/pickup location is 2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority has designated the Callowhill Bus Center (located at Callowhill and 2nd Street) as the parking location for buses visiting the Foundation.
- 9am: Breakfast in our new Garden Pavilion
- 10am: Docent-led collection tour outside public hours
- 11am: Self-guided collection access
- 1:30pm: Stop in the Barnes Shop to save 10% with your group ticket
Acquaint your group with the Barnes guidelines before you enter.
Meet the Team
A 17-year resident of
Philadelphia, Rebekah joined the Barnes Foundation in 2015 to lead tourism and
group sales initiatives in addition to providing business metrics and servicing
special events. She enjoys working with clients to develop meaningful
experiences and long-term partnerships.
Born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Colleen is a proud member of the Barnes team. She offers a warm welcome and a wide range of knowledge for all clients. She enjoys collaborating with tour operators and groups leaders to create unforgettable experiences
Bring your group to explore the Barnes collection and spaces in your own way.