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The Barnes Foundation is an American educational art and horticultural institution with locations in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia; and Logan Square, Philadelphia. It was founded in 1922 by chemist Albert C. Barnes.

Today, the foundation owns more than 4,000 objects, including over 900 paintings, estimated to be worth about $25 billion. These are primarily works by Impressionist and Modernist masters, but the collection also includes paintings by leading European and American artists, and ancient works from other cultures.

Accessibility Information

  1. City Attraction Wheelchair Accessible:           Yes
  2. Fully Accessible Entry:                                        Yes
  3. Accessible Restrooms Onsite:                            Yes
  4. Restrictive Steps:                                                  No Restrictive Steps

Jim’s Accessibility Comments:

This is a great institution and very wheelchair accessible. The entire facility located on 2 floors is fully accessible and there are no restrictive steps. And it’s located on Benjamin Franklin Parkway just up from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

There is a large commercial elevator connecting the 2 floors.

There are designated parking spaces for vehicles bearing handicapped stickers or license plates, including van-accessible parking, in the Barnes Foundation parking lot on Pennsylvania Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets.

There are wheelchair accessible restrooms on the Lower Level and in the Garden Restaurant.