If you can get to Merion, PA, you should go see the Barnes Foundation before it’s too late!

We visited the Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion, PA, today, which is the original location and building built for this collection by its owner, Dr. Albert C. Barnes. As you may or may not know, the collection is set to move to a new location in Philadelphia sometime within the next year or so. There is a lot of debate and dissension about moving this collection, as Dr. Barnes specifically stated in his will that he never wanted the collection moved or disbanded. Those in favor of keeping it where it currently resides point to the fact that the experience of seeing this collection is strongly affected by seeing it as it was originally installed and laid out by Dr. Barnes. We can attest from our visit today that seeing the incredible collection of paintings by Cezanne, Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, and many others in this setting was unlike any museum that we’ve ever visited. The number of visitors at any one time is restricted and one can move freely amidst these masterpieces without feeling crowded. It was amazing to stand right in front of a significant Van Gogh with no one else around! If you can find a way to get to Merion, PA to see this collection in the next year, you should do it!

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