The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of 19th and 20th French painting in the entire world, and now it's located right here in Philadelphia on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Photograph © 2012 The Barnes Foundation)
The long-awaited opening of the newest addition to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is finally here.
The Barnes Foundation’s brand new Philadelphia campus opens its doors to the public tomorrow, May 19, with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony today.
Tomorrow evening sees a grand gala inside the Barnes that’s sold out; but remember, the Barnes is hosting a protracted opening celebration with a 10-day series of exciting events from May 19-28, culminating with 60 hours of round-the-clock access over Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. Think film screenings, dance performances, French food tastings and horticulture walking tours. More details on that to come.
In the meantime, check out the brand new With Art Philadelphia™ website to explore the Barnes and other art museums around the city.
As of today, along an approximately one-mile stretch, you can see one of the world’s greatest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings (Barnes), the world’s largest number of Rodin works outside of Paris (Rodin Museum), along with treasured artworks, awe-inspiring artifacts and impressive architecture at more than a dozen museums and teaching institutions that line the acclaimed boulevard (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences, Free Library, Moore College of Art and more).
It’s an amazing time to be in Philadelphia, with the eyes of the entire artistic world on the city. And that’s exactly how we like it.
The Barnes Foundation – Opening May 19, 2012
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
A View of a Gallery Room
We don't normally throw around terms like 'breathtaking' but there's simply no other way to describe the brand new Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)
A View of the Reflecting Pool in the Garden
'A Gallery in a Garden and a Garden in a Gallery' was the theme of the design of the new campus and the garden surrounding the new Barnes is, in a word, stunning. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)