Photo courtesy of The Barnes Foundation
Day Tripping in Philadelphia
Philadelphia is a great escape for me because it is an easy train ride from NYC, and most of my favorite destinations can be reached on foot. My favorite activities here include browsing among the incredible art collections at The Barnes Foundation; checking out the annual springtime Flower Show at the Convention Center; strolling the city to see the pocket gardens, murals, and public art installations; and stopping for some treats at Reading Terminal Market. (image: kentwang/flickr)
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The Barnes Foundation
Don’t be fooled by the sleek modern exterior: Inside is one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist, Postimpressionist, and early-Modernist paintings. It includes more paintings by Renoir than can be seen together anywhere else in the world, and more works by Cézanne than in all the museums of Paris. Factor in pieces by van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso, and it’s clear—this is an extraordinary place. Allow two to three hours to explore the galleries. Advance reservations are recommended and can be purchased online, where helpful visitor guidelines are also posted.
By Sue Manuel, AFAR Local Expert
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
Sat, Sun 11am - 4pm
Mon, Wed - Fri 11:30am - 3:30pm