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I came to Philadelphia mainly for the Barnes Foundation. The artwork is displayed very differently than a typical museum. It can be overwhelming if you're not expecting it. Take the free 30-minute Introduction class/presentation they offer to get a better understanding of the collection and how to experience it.
Be ready for a full scale attack. Rarely there is so much to digest in one place. But, you can get good help from the deans, and I would say, do not dwell so much on the names but enjoy the total experience - it was meant so. When that is said, the collection is incredible, even if a bit traditional, but the arrangement is not traditional. And the house is really something, good that they moved! I think I will always remember this.
Because we were going to a concert at the Merriam Theater, the location was perfect. The hotel is located directly across the street from the Kimmell, Merriam and Academy of Music concert halls.....the Avenue of the Arts. Some sights are within walking distance; we walked to the Barnes Foundation. The room was comfortable (cozy bed!); the Standing O restaurant was very good and parking was convenient.
Breakfast was good. We liked the location...easy walk to Barnes Foundation and lots of good restaurants. Highly recommend Sabrina's and Tap House.
Barnes Foundation - allow enough time and energy for the Barnes (here are 23 (?) galleries). I was able to get tickets on a weekday without a reservation, but a friend found that tickets were not available on a Saturday afternoon. Do use either the docent tours (extra cost) or the free audio tours. The signage for the audio tour is poor - some signs are missing altogether, and most are small and not easily noticed given the crowding and the small size of the signs. There are booklets in each gallery that show the layout of each wall in the gallery - they should highlight the audio tours but do not.