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The Barnes Foundation Announces Extended Hours for Thanksgiving Holiday 2017

November 15, 2017

Philadelphia, PATo welcome more visitors around the Thanksgiving holiday, the Barnes Foundation has announced special extended hours of 10 am–8 pm on Friday, November 24, and Saturday, November 25. Collection tours will be offered each day at 10 am and 6 pm.                    

“This holiday season, we welcome the Philadelphia community and visitors to the Barnes for memorable art experiences,” says Thom Collins, executive director and president. “In addition to our renowned collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings, this year guests can also immerse themselves in Kiefer Rodin, a major exhibition featuring sculptures and drawings by Auguste Rodin and new works by contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer. With special tours, a farm-to-table menu at our Garden Restaurant, and an array of unique gifts in the Barnes Shop, there is something for everyone.”

Thanksgiving holiday hours at the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia) are:

  • Wednesday, November 22: 11 am–5 pm (regular hours)  
  • BLACK FRIDAY, November 24: 10 am–8 pm
    Daily Highlights Tours (10 am and 6 pm): Hour-long tours exploring highlights of the collection and covering the history of the Barnes. Includes post-tour collection access. Reserve online.
  • Saturday, November 25: 10 am–8 pm
    Daily Highlights Tours (10 am and 6 pm): Hour-long tours exploring highlights of the collection and covering the history of the Barnes. Includes post-tour collection access. Reserve online.
  • Sunday, November 26: 11 am–5 pm (regular hours)


Noontime Conversation: Rodin’s Legacy
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 12–1 pm
$18; members $9; college students free with valid ID (walk-up only) 
A discussion about Auguste Rodin’s influence during his own time and the sculptor’s continuing importance for artists working today. Led by Jennifer Thompson, Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Linda Kim, associate professor of art history at Drexel University. 

First Friday! A Celebration of Sun Ra
Friday, December 1, 2017, 6–9 pm
$28; students $10 with valid ID (walk-up only); members free
Sun Ra (1914–1993) was an American jazz composer, bandleader, pianist, poet, and philosopher known for his experimental music and theatrical performances. Presented by the Philadelphia Jazz Project, tonight’s program—Satellites Are Spinning: A Sizzling, Sonic Celebration of Sun Ra—celebrates the visionary artist with a mix of Sun Ra classics, jazz, poetry, funk, hip-hop, rock, and more. Performers include drummer Kim Pedro Rodriguez, vocalists Kevin Valentine and Raphael Xavier, and saxophonists Tyrone Fredericks Jr. and Sun Ra Arkestra veteran Terry Lawson. Sponsored by Blue Moon.

Open House: Pop-Up Holiday Market
Friday, December 15, 58 pm
Friends, families, and neighbors are invited to gather at the Barnes this holiday season for after-hours art, shopping, and winter fun. Holiday Market: A one-stop shop for cool, artsy, and eco-chic holiday gifts! Guests can shop for funky apparel, artisanal goods, and handmade jewelry from local vendors like Hero Heads Apparel, Ameraucana Handmade, Upcycled LibraryHarshita Lohia, and more. Art After Hours: Free admission to the world-renowned collection and our must-see exhibition Kiefer Rodin, featuring contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer’s experimental responses to the works of master sculptor Auguste Rodin. Winter Sips & Bites: Seasonal spirits and gastro fare by Starr Catering available for purchase, plus complimentary holiday treats from Whole Foods. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

Kiefer Rodin
On view November 17, 2017, through March 12, 2018
To mark the centennial of Auguste Rodin’s death on November 17, the Barnes Foundation presents the US premiere of Kiefer Rodin, a major exhibition organized in collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris. On view in the Roberts Gallery through March 12, 2018, the exhibition features recent works by renowned contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer that offer a new way of observing and understanding Rodin—alongside works by Rodin, some on view in the US for the first time. More information.  

Archives Exhibition: Paul Philippe Cret & the Barnes Foundation
In 1922, Albert C. Barnes hired French architect Paul Philippe Cret to design a gallery and residence in Merion, Pennsylvania. Featured in this display are selected letters between the two men plus Cret’s vision, plans, and sketches for the buildings that officially became the original home of Barnes Foundation in 1925. Since Cret contributed to the design of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the site of the new Barnes new building, the installation also celebrates the Parkway’s centennial year. On view on the Barnes Foundation’s Lower Level.

The Barnes Foundation is a non-profit 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 early modern paintings—including the largest groups of paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cézanne in existence—the Barnes brings together renowned masterworks by such artists as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, and Vincent van Gogh, alongside ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and non-Western 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.” Since moving to the heart of Philadelphia in 2012, the Barnes has expanded its commitment to teaching visual literacy in groundbreaking ways, investing in original scholarship relating to its collection and enhancing accessibility throughout every facet of its program.

As the Barnes celebrates five years on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 2017, the Foundation continues to increase its public programming and initiatives in service to the Philadelphia community, the region, and visitors from across the country and the globe. The Barnes Foundation is open Wednesday–Monday, and tickets can be purchased on-site, online, or by calling 215.278.7200. Ticket prices and current hours are listed on our website. 


Deirdre Maher, Director of Communications 215.278.7160,
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