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The Barnes Foundation Announces Additional Extended Hours for 2017 Holiday Season

December 11, 2017

Philadelphia, PA—To welcome more visitors during the holiday season, the Barnes Foundation has announced special extended hours of 10 am–8 pm from Tuesday, December 26, through Saturday, December 30. Collection tours will be offered each day at 10 am and 4:30 pm, and tours of the Kiefer Rodin exhibition will be offered at 1 pm.

“There are so many ways to enjoy the Barnes with family and friends this holiday season,” said Thom Collins, Executive Director and President. “We look forward to welcoming our local community to experience the renowned Barnes collection, visit our critically acclaimed exhibition Kiefer Rodin, discover special holiday gifts at the Barnes Shop, and enjoy a festive meal in the Garden Restaurant. The holidays are a great time to share this Philadelphia treasure with friends and visitors to our area.”

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

Sunday, December 24: 11 am–5 pm (regular hours)
TOURS (Reserve online)

  • DAILY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR (10 am): Hour-long tour exploring highlights of the collection and covering the history of the Barnes. Includes post-tour collection access.
  • PREMIER TOUR (4:30 pm): Intimate 90-minute, after-hours tour of the collection led by a specially trained docent.

CHRISTMAS DAY, Monday, December 25: CLOSED

Tuesday, December 26: 10 am–8 pm
TOURS (Reserve online)

  • DAILY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR (10 am): Hour-long tour exploring highlights of the collection and covering the history of the Barnes. Includes post-tour collection access.
  • KIEFER RODIN TOUR (1 pm): Hour-long tour exploring new works made by contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer in response to sculptures and drawings by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, and covering their shared sources of inspiration and devotion to the creative process. Includes collection and special exhibition access.
  • PREMIER TOUR (4:30 pm): Intimate 90-minute, after-hours tour of the collection led by a specially trained docent.

Wednesday, December 27: 10 am–8 pm
TOURS (Reserve online)

  • DAILY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR (10 am): Hour-long tour exploring highlights of the collection and covering the history of the Barnes. Includes post-tour collection access.
  • KIEFER RODIN TOUR (1 pm): Hour-long tour exploring new works made by contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer in response to sculptures and drawings by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, and covering their shared sources of inspiration and devotion to the creative process. Includes collection and special exhibition access.
  • PREMIER TOUR (4:30 pm): Intimate 90-minute, after-hours tour of the collection led by a specially trained docent.

Thursday, December 28: 10 am–8 pm
TOURS (Reserve online)

  • DAILY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR (10 am): Hour-long tour exploring highlights of the collection and covering the history of the Barnes. Includes post-tour collection access.
  • KIEFER RODIN TOUR (1 pm): Hour-long tour exploring new works made by contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer in response to sculptures and drawings by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, and covering their shared sources of inspiration and devotion to the creative process. Includes collection and special exhibition access.
  • PREMIER TOUR (4:30 pm): Intimate 90-minute, after-hours tour of the collection led by a specially trained docent.

Friday, December 29: 10 am–8 pm
TOURS (Reserve online)

  • DAILY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR (10 am): Hour-long tour exploring highlights of the collection and covering the history of the Barnes. Includes post-tour collection access.
  • KIEFER RODIN TOUR (1 pm): Hour-long tour exploring new works made by contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer in response to sculptures and drawings by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, and covering their shared sources of inspiration and devotion to the creative process. Includes collection and special exhibition access.
  • PREMIER TOUR (4:30 pm): Intimate 90-minute, after-hours tour of the collection led by a specially trained docent.

Saturday, December 30: 10 am–8 pm
TOURS (Reserve online)

  • DAILY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR (10 am): Hour-long tour exploring highlights of the collection and covering the history of the Barnes. Includes post-tour collection access.
  • KIEFER RODIN TOUR (1 pm): Hour-long tour exploring new works made by contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer in response to sculptures and drawings by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, and covering their shared sources of inspiration and devotion to the creative process. Includes collection and special exhibition access.
  • PREMIER TOUR (4:30 pm): Intimate 90-minute, after-hours tour of the collection led by a specially trained docent.

NEW YEAR’S EVE, Sunday, December 31: 11 am–5 pm (regular hours)

NEW YEAR’S DAY, Monday, January 1, 2018: 11 am–5 pm (regular hours)
TOURS (Reserve online)

  • DAILY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR (11 am): Hour-long tour exploring highlights of the collection and covering the history of the Barnes. Includes post-tour collection access.
  • KIEFER RODIN TOUR (1 pm): Hour-long tour exploring new works made by contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer in response to sculptures and drawings by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, and covering their shared sources of inspiration and devotion to the creative process. Includes collection and special exhibition access.
  • PREMIER TOUR (4:30 pm): Intimate 90-minute, after-hours tour of the collection led by a specially trained docent.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMS:
Open House: Pop-Up Holiday Market
Friday, December 15, 5–8 pm
FREE
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, Ameraucana Handmade, Upcycled Library, Harshita Designs, and more. Art After Hours: Free admission to the world-renowned collection and must-see exhibition Kiefer Rodin, featuring contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer’s experimental responses to the works of master sculptor Auguste Rodin. Winter Sips & Bites: Complimentary holiday treats (while supplies last) from our friends on the Parkway: drinks on Dalian, delectable cheeses from Whole Foods, plus hot cocoa and cookies courtesy of Parkway 100. Seasonal spirits and gastro fare by Starr Catering also available for purchase.

EXHIBITION:
Kiefer Rodin
On view through March 12, 2018
Marking 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 new works by renowned contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer in dialogue with works by Rodin, some on view in the US for the first time. The resulting presentation opens up new ways of thinking about both artists. 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, alongside Cret’s vision, plans, and sketches for the buildings that officially became the original home of Barnes Foundation in 1925. Because Cret contributed to the design of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway—the site of the Barnes collection since 2012—the installation also celebrates the Parkway’s centennial year. On view on the Barnes Foundation’s Lower Level.

ABOUT THE BARNES FOUNDATION
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.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Deirdre Maher, Director of Communications
215.278.7160, press@barnesfoundation.org
Online press office: barnesfoundation.org/press