Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Barnes Foundation Announces Extended Holiday Hours: November 2015 - January 2016


  To welcome more visitors during the holiday season, the Barnes Foundation will extend its hours around Thanksgiving and Christmas 2015, and the beginning of the New Year.

“The holiday season is a great time to visit the Barnes Foundation and we’ve extended our hours to welcome more visitors, from first time guests to longtime members,” said Thom Collins, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation. “Since moving to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway a little over three years ago, the Barnes has become a holiday destination for locals and visitors alike. The Barnes is a gem for holiday shoppers, offering a variety of membership options and unique gifts including limited-edition handcrafted items in the Barnes Shop.​ With the world’s most important collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern art, in addition to an exciting line-up of programs, tours, and special exhibitions, there is so much for families to enjoy here at the Barnes during the holidays and throughout the year.”

The extended holiday hours of the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia) are:

Wednesday, November 25: 10am – 5pm (regular hours)
THANKSGIVING: Thursday, November 26: CLOSED
BLACK FRIDAY: Friday, November 27: 9am – 10pm
Saturday, November 28: 9am – 8pm
Sunday, November 29: 9am – 5pm

CHRISTMAS EVE: Thursday, December 24: 10am – 5pm (regular hours)
CHRISTMAS DAY: Friday, December 25: CLOSED
Saturday, December 26: 9am – 10pm
Sunday, December 27: 10am – 6pm
Monday, December 28: 10am – 8pm
Tuesday, December 29: 10am – 8pm
Wednesday, December 30: 10am – 5pm (regular hours)
NEW YEAR’S EVE: Thursday, December 31: 10am – 5pm (regular hours)

NEW YEAR’S DAY: Friday, January 1: 10am – 9pm
Saturday, January 2: 10am – 8pm
Sunday, January 3: 10am – 5pm (regular hours)
Monday, January 4: 10am – 5pm (regular hours)

HOLIDAY PROMOTION: Warm up with a cup of holiday cheer
Book an Anytime ticket or Daily Collection tour scheduled through December 31 and use promo code WARMUP online or over the phone (215-278-7200) to enjoy warm apple cider or La Colombe coffee with our compliments. Simply present your ticket at our coffee bar to redeem your choice of hot beverage. Must reserve tickets by December 6, 2015 to redeem offer. For more information, visit our website.

On view through January 4, 2016 are two special exhibitions: 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. Metal Painting 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.

The Barnes Arboretum in Merion, Pennsylvania (300 N. Latch’s Lane), will be closed for the season as of Friday, November 4, 2015, and will reopen in May 2016.

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 world’s finest collections of impressionist, 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; works by 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; decorative arts and ironwork; 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 Dr. Barnes called “the universal language of art.” The Foundation’s programs include First Fridays, young professionals nights, tours, tastings, and family programs, as well as Barnes-de Mazia Education Program courses and workshops. These programs advance the Foundation’s mission through progressive, experimental, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. The Barnes Foundation is open Wednesday–Monday and tickets can be purchased on-site, online, or by calling 215.278.7200. Ticket prices and current hours are listed on our website
The Barnes Arboretum in Merion 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 Laura Leggett Barnes, the living collections include 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, hostas, and magnolias. The Horticulture Education Program 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. The arboretum also offers horticulture workshops and lectures, and is open to the public Friday–Sunday from May through November.  Tickets can be purchased on-site, online, or by calling 215.278.7200. Ticket prices and current hours are listed on our website

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