About the Tour
Check out our new Spotlight Tours! Each month, we focus on a different artist or theme, allowing for a deeper dive into specific areas of the collection.
From his early collecting days until his death in 1951, Albert Barnes continually acquired and sold objects and paintings. He was constantly evaluating their merit and their placement within his ensembles. Learn about the artists and works Dr. Barnes prized above all others as well as those he was less fond of. Discover how he patiently fought to get such major works for the collection as Cézanne’s Large Bathers, Renoir’s The Artist’s Family, and Matisse’s Three Sisters triptych.
After the tour, you’re invited to explore the collection galleries and special exhibition.
Next up: Don't miss our August Spotlight Tour.
Dr. Barnes's Favorites
Learn why the collector cherished particular works, and hear the stories behind some of his hard-fought acquisitions.
More Tours at the Barnes
Daily Highlights Tour Weekdays 11am – noon / weekends 10 – 11am, 11am – noon
This one-hour, docent-led tour is perfect for first-time visitors. Explore highlights of the collection and learn the history of the Barnes. Includes post-tour collection access.
$45; members $22
Daily Premier Tour Wed – Mon, 4:30 – 6pm
This intimate 90-minute tour, led by a specially trained docent, takes place while the Barnes is closed to the public.
$60; members $30
Exhibition Tour $45; members $22 / Wed–Mon, 1 – 2:15pm
This tour starts in the Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema exhibition and then moves into the collection with a look at select works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir that further illuminate the relationship between the painter and his filmmaker son, Jean Renoir.
NEW - Personalized Docent Tour Wed–Mon
A private one-hour tour for you and up to five guests during regular hours. Explore the Barnes with a specially trained docent who will shape the tour around a subject of your choice, such as highlights of the collection or a favorite artist like Matisse, Renoir, Cézanne, or Rousseau.
Request tours at least one week in advance: email us or call 215.278.7035. $60 per person. Maximum tour size: 6. Includes post-tour collection access.
Stroller Tour Every second Thursday of the month, 10:30 – 11:15am
Our Stroller Tours make visiting the collection galleries less stressful for families. Open to parents and caregivers with babies up to 18 months in a stroller or baby wrap.
Adults $10; babies free