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Permanent Collection

The Barnes Collection


Masterworks by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani, Van Gogh, and other renowned artists, plus African sculpture, Native American ceramics, metalwork, and decorative arts.

Current Exhibition

Pat Steir
Silent Secret Waterfalls:
The Barnes Series

Until November 17, 2019

An installation of 11 new paintings by the American artist.

Current Exhibition

I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola

Until September 15, 2019

A selection of genre-defying works by the renowned video artist.

Free / Social

Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes: Leroy Johnson

July – September 2019

Mixed-media artist Leroy Johnson is our current artist-in-residence.

Talks & Tours

Highlights Tour

Daily, 11:30am, 1:30pm

This one-hour tour is perfect for first-time visitors. Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes.

Talks & Tours

Premier Tour

Daily, 4:30pm; Saturdays, 10am

This 90-minute docent-led tour takes place while the Barnes is closed to the public.

Talks & Tours

Personalized Docent Tour

Available Daily

A private one-hour tour for you and up to five guests during regular hours.

Talks & Tours

Afternoons with
the Art Team


Join us for casual pop-up talks in the galleries led by our Art Team. Each talk focuses on a specific work of art—it’s a great way to explore the collection and learn something new!

Free / Film

Screenings: I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like

Wednesdays, July 3 – September 11, 1 – 2:30pm

As part of this summer’s special exhibition on Bill Viola, we’re holding free weekly screenings of the artist’s 1986 feature-length work.

Talks & Tours / Members

August Spotlight Tour: Wondrous and Strange

Daily, 1 – 2pm

This August, enter the mysterious and dreamlike worlds of some of the most imaginative artists in the Barnes collection.


Member Morning

Friday, August 23, 10 – 11am

Members are invited to join Barnes staff for a chat about membership at the Foundation and benefits, followed by a docent tour of the collection.


Free / Family / Film / Music / Social / Performance

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: African-Caribbean Roots

Sunday, September 1, 10am – 5pm

Learn about the music and art of Philly’s African-Caribbean communities.

Talks & Tours / Members

September Spotlight Tour: Pissarro and Friends

Daily, 1 – 2pm

This month, learn about Camille Pissarro’s relationships with fellow impressionists and his enduring influence.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Bill Viola’s Pneuma

Monday, September 2, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the work from Barnes Art Team member Ann Moss. Free with admission; Roberts Gallery

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

First Friday! Odean Pope: Sounds of the Circle

Friday, September 6, 6 – 9pm

The Philly saxophone legend honors the enduring jazz legacy of the city with his original compositions.

Talks & Tours

In Focus Gallery Talk: Braun’s Cupboard

Monday, September 9, 2 – 2:30pm

Hear the story behind the object from Robin Craren, collections research coordinator at the Barnes. Free with admission; Room 18

Family / Talks & Tours

Stroller Tour

Thursday, September 12, 10:30 – 11:15am

Our Stroller Tours make visiting our galleries less stressful for families with babies.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibition

30 Americans

October 27, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Painting, sculpture, and photography by influential contemporary African American artists.