About the Tour
Each month, we focus on a different artist or theme, allowing for a deeper dive into specific areas of the collection.
In September and October, we're taking a closer look at the impressionist movement. Today, we view impressionist artworks, with their vivid colors and soft edges, as beautiful, serene, and expressive. In the late 19th century, however, impressionism was considered a drastic departure from the traditions of art, an attack on the establishment. The style was unfinished, unpolished, and confusing in its elevation of the everyday as subject matter. Learn about artists who were pivotal to this first movement of modern art, including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissarro, and how their radical breakaway changed the way people think about art today.
After the tour, you're invited to explore the collection galleries.
Stay tuned—we'll announce the topic of our November tour in mid-October.
Discover how the early impressionists broke from tradition with their unconventional techniques.
More Tours at the Barnes
Daily Highlights Tour Weekdays: 11:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30 – 2:30pm (closed Tuesdays) / Weekends: 10 – 11am
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.
Weekdays: $35; members $17
Weekends: $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 – 2pm
Starting October 24, take an in-depth tour of our new special exhibition, Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist. Find out more about her iconic works and her pioneering role in the impressionist movement.
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