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. Take an insider tour with the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. (Photograph © 2012 The Barnes Foundation)
The Barnes Foundation, in both its original Merion and newly opened Benjamin Franklin Parkway locations, has set a precedent for museum architecture with its spacious, elegant and beautifully lit design.
In order to meet the institutional needs of the foundation and incorporate sustainable construction methods, meticulous planning went into this gorgeous new Center City location, which you’ll now have the privilege of getting a behind-the-scenes look at.
Starting this Monday, September 24, every last Monday of the month the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and the Barnes Foundation will be hosting presentations and guided tours for those interested in seeing what went into planning and executing the design of Philly’s newest world-class museum.
Designed by renowned architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the building is the carefully constructed, 12,000-square-foot home of Albert Barnes’ renowned fine art collection which opened in May of this year.
Some bragging rights of the facility: 90% of it was made with recycled materials from the building that once stood in its place, there’s a self-sustaining garden which receives water from a rainwater cistern and it is a designated LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum building.
Take the tour and receive free admission to peruse the world-famous Albert C. Barnes art collection.
Tickets, $50, are available online and there will be a limited amount for each tour.
Check out what else the Barnes Foundation is up to for the rest of September online.
Art and Architecture Tours at the Barnes Foundation
Where: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When: Monday, September 24, 3-6 p.m.; Monday, October 29, 3-6 p.m.; Monday, November 26, 3-6 p.m.
More info: www.barnesfoundation.org