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).
The Barnes Foundation – Opening May 19, 2012
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
A View of a Gallery Room
A View of the Reflecting Pool in the Garden