Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Barnes Foundation Announces Extended Hours And Special Tours for World Meeting Of Families

To accommodate more visitors during the World Meeting of Families, the Barnes Foundation will extend hours and provide special tours between September 21st and September 25, 2015. The Barnes Collection and special exhibitions Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, and Ellen Harvey: Metal Painting will be open from 10am – 8pm, Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25, including Tuesday, September 22, a day the Foundation is usually closed to the public. The Foundation will be open from 10am – 5pm the following week, including Tuesday, September 29.

“With the world’s most important collection of post-impressionist and early modern art and an exciting line-up of tours and programs, it is important for the Barnes Foundation to be as accessible as possible for visitors from around the world who are coming to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families and the Papal Visit,” said Thom Collins, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation. “We have developed award-winning programs and tours that we know will be entertaining and educational for families visiting Philadelphia in September.”

The extended hours of the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia) are:
Monday, September 21, 2015: 10am – 8pm
Tuesday, September 22, 2015: 10am – 8pm
Wednesday, September, 23, 2015: 10am – 8pm
Thursday, September, 24, 2015: 10am – 8pm
Friday, September 25, 2015: 10am – 8pm
Saturday, September 26, 2015: CLOSED
Sunday, September 27, 2015: CLOSED
Monday, September 28, 2015: 10am – 5pm (regular hours)
Tuesday, September 29, 2015: 10am – 5pm

Daily, Monday, September 21 – Friday, September 25, 10:30am, NOON, 1:30pm, 3pm, and 6pm, and Tuesday, September 29, 10:30am, NOON, 1:30pm, and 3pm.
The best way to experience the Barnes Collection is through a tour. On the Masterworks Tour, Barnes docents will lead visitors on an exciting voyage of discovery that features highlights of the collection, historical information on the Foundation’s educational mission, and the thinking behind the extraordinary presentation of these masterpieces. This tour is not only invaluable for first-time visitors, but also inspires new ways of seeing the collection for those who have visited before and want to learn more. Approximately one hour; includes post-tour collection and special exhibition access. $45; members $22. Check the ticketing calendar for available times.

Thursday, September 24, 2pm
What makes the Barnes unlike any other art institution in the world? While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged according to light, line, color, and space—principles that defy curatorial norms but follow the "universal language of art" according to Dr. Barnes. Dive into the mind of a self-made entrepreneur turned eccentric collector and deconstruct his "experiments in education" that posited art as a powerful tool for educational and social reform. Approximately one hour; includes post-tour collection and special exhibition access. $45; members $22.

Daily, Monday, September 21 – Friday, September 25, and Tuesday, September 29, 11 am or 2 pm (subject to availability).

The Barnes Foundation offers private tours of the Barnes Collection for small groups of up to six people. A Barnes docent will be provided for each tour, and will shape the tour to meet your interests. Private tours are one hour in length and are all conducted in English. Requests for tours must be made at least two weeks in advance. Private tours are $60 per person, which includes museum admission. Payment will be collected one week in advance of scheduled tour dates. All private tour fees are non-refundable. To request a private tour, please contact or 215-278-7200.

Download our adult and family tours app, Audio Tours at The Barnes Foundation (MasterworksFamily TourCézanne at the Barnes, and William Glackens) for free on your Apple or Android device (iTunes store or Google Play). Or, pick up an audio guide on-site; it's included with collection admission. Available in English, Spanish, French, and Japanese. Funding for the Cézanne at the Barnes audio tour generously provided by John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick.

In addition to the legendary collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and modern masterpieces, the Barnes Foundation also includes many important ecclesiastical objects and religious works, Old Master paintings, metalwork, African sculpture and antiquities from Greece Egypt, and Rome. Dr. Barnes hung his collection in an unconventional way – in symmetrical wall arrangements calledensembles – in order to reveal connections between artists and artworks from various cultures across time. In addition, two new exhibitions will be on view: Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen featuring masterworks from the world’s most important collection of wrought iron, and Ellen Harvey: Metal Painting, a site-specific installation by artist Ellen Harvey (b. 1967) commissioned by the Barnes Foundation that engages with Dr. Albert C. Barnes’s iconoclastic placement of his extensive wrought iron holdings alongside his collection of paintings by old and modern masters. Both exhibitions will be on view in the Barnes Foundation’s Aileen and Brian Roberts Gallery from September 19, 2015 through January 4, 2016.

The Barnes Arboretum in Merion, Pennsylvania (300 N. Latch’s Lane), will be open during its regular hours of Friday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm, with hour-long guided tours taking place Friday – Sunday, 1pm. General admission: $5; members free. Guided tours: $10; members $8. Tickets available on-site.

About the Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation ( was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine, and Giorgio de Chirico; American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin and Maurice Prendergast; old master paintings; important examples of African sculpture; Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles; American paintings and decorative arts; and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia. While most collections are grouped by chronology, style, or genre, art at the Barnes is arranged in ensembles structured according to light, line, color, and space - principles that founder Albert C. Barnes called "the universal language of art.” The Barnes Foundation’s programs, including First Fridays, Young Professionals Nights, tours, tastings, and family programs, as well as the Barnes-de Mazia Education Program courses and workshops, engage diverse audiences. These programs, held at the Philadelphia campus, online, and in Philadelphia communities, advance the Foundation’s mission through progressive, experimental, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. The Barnes Foundation is open Wednesday – Monday, 10am – 5pm, and also 6pm – 9pm every First Friday and select Friday evenings. Tickets can easily be purchased on-site, online, or by calling 215-278-7200. For tips and assistance planning your visit, please visit our website.

The Barnes Arboretum, at the Merion campus, contains more than 2,000 varieties of trees and woody plants, many of them rare. Founded in the 1880s by Joseph Lapsley Wilson and expanded under the direction of Mrs. Laura L. Barnes, the collection includes 40 state champion trees, a Chinese fringe tree (Chionanthus retusus), a dove tree (Davidia involucrata), a monkey-puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), and a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Other important plant collections include lilacs, peonies, Stewartias, ferns, medicinal plants, hosta and magnolias. The Horticulture school at the Barnes Foundation in Merion has offered a comprehensive three-year certificate course in the botanical sciences, horticulture, garden aesthetics, and design since its establishment in 1940 by Mrs. Barnes. Horticulture workshops and lectures are also offered regularly. The Arboretum is open Friday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm, from May 1 – November 1. Tickets can easily be purchased on-site, online, or by calling 215-278-7200.

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