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Explore Art Online

While our doors are closed, we invite you to stay connected with the Barnes through our many online resources. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and inspiration. Get more details about our closure here.


Barnes Takeout

Each Friday, get a serving of art in our YouTube series. In short videos, Barnes curators, scholars, and educators present off-the-cuff musings about some of their favorite works in the collection.

Subscribe for new content every week.


Online Classes

Each month, we offer a slate of new online courses to enjoy from home.

Sign up for our December class on Van Gogh.


Private Virtual Tours

Share the Barnes with your friends and family this holiday season! Book a private docent-led virtual tour to explore the galleries from the safety of your home. Email us to book.


Sunday Sway

Sunday, December 6, we’re bringing the family fun right to you—with virtual performances and activities.

Philly artists Karen Smith and Daniel de Jesús will share stories and music.


Facing Change

In our new online series, artists, scholars, and community activists explore issues related to race in America. The next conversation, about race as a social construct, is Monday, December 14.

Film and media scholar Rob Buscher leads our next talk.



Since we can’t gather at the Barnes right now, we’re bringing the live performances and artist conversations to you on Instagram. Catch the next session on your mobile device every other Thursday at 4pm.

Performers from past programs, like orchestral harpist Elizabeth Steiner, are sharing their creative spirit from home.


Collection Online

We've updated our search! You can still browse objects by light, line, color, and space, inspired by Dr. Barnes's approach to looking at art. Now you can also search by artist, culture, year, and even gallery room.


Research Notes

We're always trying to learn more about our history and the art in our collection. Read about intriguing theories and recent discoveries from our team of curators, scholars, conservators, and archivists.

Our newest entry looks at de Chirico’s Alexandros.

Giorgio de Chirico. Alexandros, 1935. BF960. © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome


Video Conference Backgrounds

Download one of our favorite paintings to use as your next video conference background. The images were chosen by our curatorial and education teams from more than 3,000 artworks in our online collection.

For your next virtual meeting or happy hour, bring the world-renowned Barnes collection right inside your home.

The Barnes from Home is an initiative of the Knight Center for Digital Innovation in Audience Engagement at the Barnes.