The Barnes Collection

The Barnes Foundation
Barnes Collection Tours

Explore thousands of masterpieces in the Barnes collection, whose arrangements are as awe-inspiring as the art itself. Discover why visitors say a docent-led tour is “the ultimate way to experience the art at the Barnes.”

A limited-time offer

Palette to Palate: Tour and dine at the Barnes

$65 per person; includes gratuity and tax

Reservations required.  Reserve a weekday collection tour or call 215.278.7200.

Indulge in a combined tour and dining experience.

For $65, schedule a weekday collection tour from August 1 to September 30 and enjoy a delicious summer entrée and beverage at our Garden Restaurant.* Whether you choose to dine before or after your tour (restaurant hours are 10:30 am–3 pm), let us whisk you away from palette to palate for an unforgettable Barnes visit!

Reserve in two easy steps:
1. Select a week day (excluding Tuesdays) from the ticketing calendar.
2. Select "Collection Tour" from one of the available time slots and click on the "Palette to Palate package."

*Offer valid for daily collection tours between August 1 and September 30, 2015. Excludes Tuesday premier tours and weekend tours. Tour and meal must occur on the same day. Non-alcoholic beverage options only. Guests can dine during regular restaurant hours (10:30 am–3 pm), before or after a scheduled tour. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Offer ends September 30, 2015.

Daily Collection Tour

Approximately one hour; includes post-tour collection access.
$45; members $22. Check the ticketing calendar for available times.

Specially trained docents lead you on an exciting voyage of discovery that features highlights of the collection, key artists in the collection, the history of the Foundation’s educational mission, as well as the thinking behind the extraordinary presentation of these masterpieces. This tour is invaluable for first-time visitors.

Current themed tours:

Famously Unorthodox: Barnes's Wall Ensembles tour
2–3 pm
$45; members $22. Includes post-tour collection access. 

What makes the Barnes unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the "universal language of art" according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his "experiments in education" that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform.

Premier tour

An intimate 90-minute tour with a specially trained docent at 4 pm on Tuesday, a day the collection is closed to the public. Includes private access to the Barnes Shop. $60; members $30. To book a Premier tour, go to the main ticketing calendar and choose a Tuesday date.


A Closer Look
Tuesdays, 4–5:30 pm
Gain insights into masterpieces in the collection, spend time analyzing the Barnes’s unique ensemble arrangements, and learn about the educational beginnings of the Foundation.  Visit the programs page to view upcoming dates and register online.


Durand-Ruel and the Rise of Impressionism
Tuesdays in July, August, and September, 4–5:30 pm  
Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous Parisian art dealer who shaped the 20th-century art market, was crucial to the formation of the legendary Barnes collection. Between 1912 and 1920, Barnes purchased over 100 paintings from the dealer and his sons, including many works by Cézanne, Degas, and Renoir. Barnes traveled regularly to the Durand-Ruel galleries in New York and Paris, scouring their exhibitions in search of new acquisitions. Explore important impressionist works that made their way into the Barnes collection through this visionary dealer. Visit the programs page to view upcoming dates and register online.

Private Tour

The Barnes Foundation offers private tours for small groups of up to six people.

Tours are scheduled Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, at 11 am or 2 pm (subject to availability). A specially trained docent will be provided for each tour, and will shape the tour to meet your interests. Private tours are one hour in length, and do not include special exhibitions. All tours are conducted in English.

Requests for tours must be made at least two weeks in advance. Private tours are $60 per person, which includes museum admission. Payment will be collected one week in advance of scheduled tour dates. All private tour fees are non-refundable.

To request a private tour, please contact or call 215-278-7200.

Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights

Sundays August 16, and September 20, 2015
2:30–3:30 pm

Register for the August 16 Family Tour or the September 20 Family Tour.

See the sights in new ways on this interactive guided exploration of the collection gallery.

Adults $25; students/youth $15; adult members $13; student/youth members $7; children 5 and under free. Collection admission included; reservations required. 

Audio Tours

Download our adult and family tours app, Audio Tours at The Barnes Foundation, for free on your Apple or Android device (iTunes store or Google Play). Or, pick up an audio guide on-site; it's included with collection admission. Available in English, Spanish, French, and Japanese.

Funding for the Cézanne at the Barnes audio tour generously provided by John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick.



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