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The Barnes Foundation Announces 2021–22 Extended Holiday Hours

Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel exhibition, tours, talks, and Museum Store Sunday (Nov. 28)

Philadelphia, PA, October 14, 2021—The Barnes Foundation has announced special extended hours between the Thanksgiving and New Year’s holidays—opening as early as 9 am and closing at 6 pm on select days. Normally open Thursday through Monday, the Barnes will also be open on Tuesday, December 28, and Wednesday, December 29, to welcome more visitors during the week between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Additionally, the Barnes Shop is offering a 20% discount on Sunday, November 28, the fifth annual Museum Store Sunday. The Garden Restaurant and Reflections Café will be open from 11 am–4 pm on open days. The Barnes will be closed on Christmas Eve (Friday, December 24), Christmas Day (Saturday, December 25), and New Year’s Day (Saturday, January 1).

Aligned with current guidance from the City of Philadelphia and to ensure the safety and well-being of Barnes staff and visitors, masks are required for all. Further details on our safety protocols are available on our website. Guests are encouraged to book ahead for tickets to help keep transactions contactless. Tickets can be ordered online or by phone at 215.278.7200.

“We look forward to welcoming Philadelphians and visitors to the Barnes this holiday season to enjoy quality time with friends and family,” says Thom Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President. “With health and safety measures in place and continued gratitude for our frontline team, we are offering extended holiday hours to provide more opportunities to enjoy the Barnes collection and the world premiere of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, the first exhibition dedicated to the French artist and model Suzanne Valadon at a major US arts institution. We have a wide variety of engaging tours, delicious fare from Constellation Culinary Group at our Garden Restaurant, and the Barnes Shop is full of unique, handcrafted gifts—whether you’d like to shop online or on-site—for the art lover on everyone’s holiday shopping list.”

Holiday hours at the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia) are listed below:



Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel
On view through January 9, 2022
From a childhood marked by poverty to a career as a popular artist’s model, French artist Suzanne Valadon (born Marie-Clémentine Valadon, 1865–1938) defied the odds to become a successful painter, confounding societal expectations to assert her independence. The first exhibition dedicated to Valadon at a major US arts institution, Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel considers her rich contribution to the early 20th-century art world and features representative works from all stages of her career. Curated by Nancy Ireson, Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes, this exhibition is on view in the Roberts Gallery through January 9. More information.

During operating hours, lunch, brunch, and cocktails are available at the Garden Restaurant, with freshly prepared offerings by Constellation Culinary Group. Grab-and-go options are also available at Reflections Café in the Annenberg Court. No reservations or admission tickets are required to dine at the Barnes, and members receive a 10% discount.

First Friday! Unison feat. Joanna Pascale
Friday, Nov. 5, 6–9 pm

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Wings
Sunday, Nov. 7, 10 am–5 pm

In Focus Gallery Talk: Valadon’s Marie Coca and Her Daughter Gilberte
Monday, Nov. 8, 3–3:30 pm

Artist Bash: Vagina Chorus
Friday, Nov. 12, 7–10 pm

Lecture: Carl Walsh on Ancient Egypt
Saturday, Nov. 13, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Online Talk: Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation: A Conversation with the Editors Thursday, Nov. 18, 5–6:30 pm

First Friday! Yolanda Wisher & the Afroeaters
Friday, Dec. 3, 6–9 pm

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Faces
Sunday, Dec. 5, 10 am–5 pm

Lecture: Caetlin Benson-Allott on the Female Gaze
Saturday, Dec. 11, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

The Barnes Foundation is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution that shares its unparalleled art collection with the public, organizes special exhibitions, and presents programming that fosters new ways of thinking about human creativity. The Barnes collection is displayed in ensembles that integrate art and objects from across cultures and time periods, overturning traditional hierarchies and revealing universal elements of human expression. Home to one of the world’s finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings—including the largest groups of paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cézanne in existence—the Barnes brings together renowned canvases by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, and Vincent van Gogh, alongside African, Asian, ancient, and medieval art as well as metalwork, furniture, and decorative art.

The Barnes Foundation was established by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” A visionary collector and pioneering educator, Dr. Barnes was also a fierce advocate for the civil rights of African Americans, women, and the economically marginalized. Committed to racial equality and social justice, he established a scholarship program to support young Black artists, writers, and musicians who wanted to further their education. Dr. Barnes was deeply interested in African American culture and became actively involved in the Harlem Renaissance, during which he collaborated with philosopher Alain Locke and Charles S. Johnson, the scholar and activist, to promote awareness of the artistic value of African art.

Since moving to Philadelphia in 2012, the Barnes Foundation has expanded its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice, teaching visual literacy in groundbreaking ways; investing in original scholarship relating to its collection; and enhancing accessibility throughout every facet of its program. Hours and ticket prices are listed on our website.

Deirdre Maher, Director of Communications
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