The Barnes Foundation

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Hours you can use your STAMP pass:

  • Wednesdays-Mondays, public hours

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, as well as American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin and Maurice Prendergast, Old Master paintings, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings and decorative arts and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia. The Barnes Foundation’s Art and Aesthetics programs engage a diverse array of audiences. These programs, occurring at the Philadelphia campus, online, and in Philadelphia communities, advance the mission through progressive, experimental and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

The Barnes Arboretum, located at the Merion campus, contains more than 2,000 species/varieties of trees and woody plants, many of them rare. Founded in the 1880s by Joseph Lapsley Wilson and subsequently added to under the direction of Mrs. Laura L. Barnes, the collection includes a fern-leaf beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Laciniata’), a dove tree (Davidia involucrata), a monkey-puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), and a redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). Other important plant collections include Lilacs, Peonies, Stewartias and Magnolias. The Horticulture school at the Barnes Foundation in Merion has offered a comprehensive, three year certificate course of study in the botanical sciences, horticultural practices, garden aesthetics, and design through a well-grounded, scientific learning experience since its inception in 1940 by Mrs. Barnes.

The following guidelines are in place to provide you with the best experience possible, while keeping the collection safe and respecting other guests’ enjoyment of the collection: All parcels and bags will be inspected upon entrance to the building.  We encourage guests to “travel light” to avoid delays when entering the building. Backpacks, backpack-type child-carriers, purses, bags and packages larger than 8 x 10 x 12  inches, tripods, bulky coats, and umbrellas must be checked in the coatroom on the Lower Level. The dark line on the floor in the Collection Gallery marks the distance that you should keep from the works in the collection. Please do not touch paintings, frames, furniture, metalwork, or other items on display in the building. Guests found to be touching any items in the collection will be asked to leave the Collection or Exhibition Gallery without refund of ticket price. Food and drink are not permitted in the Collection Gallery, Exhibition Gallery, Auditorium or Library. Drawing, sketching, and photography are not permitted in the Collection Gallery or Exhibition Gallery.Smoking is not permitted in the building. Making or receiving phone calls is not permitted in the Collection Gallery, Exhibition Gallery, Auditorium or Library. Strollers are permitted in the Collection Gallery, but Security reserves the right to exclude oversized and jogging strollers.

Be sure to check the Barnes website for seasonal hours.

Please note that ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

CLICK HERE to read about STAMP Teen Council member Asia’s first visit to The Barnes!


2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130


Public transportation stops are available within walking distance. The Barnes is immediately accessible via the SEPTA #7, #32, #38, #48, and #33 bus routes. Click here for more SEPTA travel information. Click here for driving directions.


The Garden Restaurant is open Wednesday-Monday from 10:30am-3pm and First Friday until 8:30pm.  The Coffee Bar is open Wednesday-Monday from 9am-4pm and First Friday until 8:30pm. The Barnes Shop is open Wednesday-Monday from 10am-5pm and First Friday until 9pm.


Photography is not permitted in the Collection Gallery or Exhibition Gallery but is permitted in the public spaces.

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