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An Art-Lover’s Dream: Become a Student of the Barnes Foundation

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5 Days | 4 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.
David from Johnstown, NY Number of programs attended: 36
Date attended: 07/12/15 - 07/16/15
The Barnes Foundation(not museum) is certainly not a institution that can be visited in a casual way. The art is wonderful. A visit can be very problematic and overwhelming due to the way the art is presented. This road scholar program does a wonderful job of helping unlock the mysteries of Albert Barnes' thinking as to how he displayed his art and other objects. It is truly a treat to see so much wonderful art in one place. The Durand Ruel exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Museum was certainly an added bonus for this program. It served as magnificent finale to the 3 days at the Barnes.

Karen from Mountain View, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 07/12/15 - 07/16/15
The heart of this trip is immersion in one of the US/world's largest collections of Post-Impressionist and Modern art, purchased and arranged by its founder/owner Albert Barnes. Barnes had made a fortune and turned his attention to art collecting in quantity (and generally in quality): 181 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 69 by Paul Cézanne, 59 by Henri Matisse, 46 by Pablo Picasso, 21 by Chaim Soutine, 18 by Henri Rousseau, 16 by Amedeo Modigliani, 11 by Edgar Degas, seven by Vincent van Gogh, and six by Georges Seurat. Barnes arranged these and hundreds of other paintings and objects in "ensembles" based on principles known only to himself--curators and docents attempt to divine what principles Barnes used. Three consecutive days at the Barnes Collection can overwhelm the senses, but you will not see these works anywhere else: Barnes stated that they must be kept in the current arrangements and they may not be loaned. The mural tour and time at the Philadelphia Museum of Art were fabulous and "cleansed the [visual] palate" oversaturated at the Barnes. Be sure to give yourself an extra day or more to visit the historical sites of Philadelphia, including Independence Hall.

Anne from Los Gatos, CA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 11/16/14 - 11/20/14
In my experience, the Barnes Foundation is unique. The collection is superb, but it is the philosophy of the founder that informs the entire program. Barnes is all about educating the eye to appreciate all forms of art, and not just painting. The in-depth study over three days will force you to look at art differently, even as you enjoy masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, and a huge number of other artists and crafts-people. Barnes' concept of arranging art into "ensembles" and his egalitarian approach to collecting and appreciating art were very forward thinking for his time. In all, a fascinating collection in a gorgeous new home make for a winning combination in the City of Brotherly Love. Definitely recommended for all art lovers!

Marjorie from Walnut Creek, CA Number of programs attended: 23
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/11/14
Learn a lot about Impressionists and the Barnes philosophy of art appreciation by participating in the Art Lover's Dream at the Barnes Foundation. Philadelphia itself is an interesting place for discovery of American History including American Jewish History.

Stephanie from Arcata, CA Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 09/07/14 - 09/11/14
Very interesting and worthwhile program. Be prepared to for total immersion in the art of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Excellent hotel and meal facilities.

J David from Lawrence, KS Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 08/10/14 - 08/14/14
For serious art lovers, this a rare opportunity to see and experience a singular institution from the inside.

Rita from Boynton Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 08/10/14 - 08/14/14
If you appreciate art, this is great program! It is especially enlightening about the Barnes Foundation Museum itself and its unique presentation mode.

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