Barnes Foundation#19 in Best Things To Do in Philadelphia
Art aficionados who gravitate toward French impressionist, post-impressionist and early modernist works will likely love checking out the Barnes Foundation. Located on 4 ½ acres, this art museum boasts 181 Renoir and 69 Cézanne paintings. The property's permanent collection also features paintings by Picasso, Matisse and Van Gogh, plus an impressive mix of African art, wrought-iron metalwork, Native American pottery and more.
According to recent travelers, the Barnes Foundation is a world-class museum, despite its smaller size. In fact, many said the attraction's collection is so amazing that it's easy to feel overwhelmed during visits. For an experience that's comprehensive without feeling rushed, consider avoiding holidays and the first Sunday of every month (when admission is waived) and allotting at least two hours for exploring.
The Barnes Foundation sits about halfway between the Rodin Museum and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia's Logan Square neighborhood. The Nos. 32, 33, 38 and 49 buses make stops within a block of the property, or travelers can take SEPTA's Broad Street Line to Spring Garden station, which is located less than a mile northeast. On-site parking is also available.
The museum welcomes visitors Wednesday to Monday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $5 for college students with valid IDs and children 13 to 18. Entrance fees cover access to all permanent and temporary exhibits, as well as a gift shop, a cafe, a restaurant, a coat check area and select talks with museum staff. For an additional $35 to $45 (depending on the day), museumgoers can join an hourlong Highlights Tour. The guided tour, which is available daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., includes background about the collection's major paintings. For more information, visit the Barnes Foundation's website.
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#1 Liberty Bell Center
Opposite Independence Hall, you'll find the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. Now residing in a huge glass gazebo, this 2,080-pound piece of history was once mounted in the belfry of Independence Hall. It was used to mark important historic events, most notably at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Historians believe the first crack developed in the early 1840s. Metal workers were tasked with repairing the bell in anticipation of George Washington's birthday in 1846. The repair was unsuccessful and the bell ceased to chime ever again.
Despite the long lines, recent visitors called this attraction a must-see for all Americans. They also suggested planning your visit first thing in the morning during the week.
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