The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to "promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts." It is home to one of the world's largest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings. The Foundation has two primary campuses: a new facility on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, home to the world-famous art collection; and the Foundation's historic home in the suburb of Merion, domain of the Arboretum and archives.
On May 19, 2012, the Barnes unveiled its new Philadelphia home. In rooms reflective of the intimate layout and unique character of the original Merion galleries, the renowned art collection is now accessible to the public as never before. The Philadelphia campus sits on a beautifully landscaped, 4.5-acre site on the north side of Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the heart of downtown’s cultural corridor. The site is part of Philadelphia's 9,200 acre city-wide park system, known as Fairmount Park.
The original campus, located on N. Latch Lane, in Merion, continues to open its arboretum and archives to the public. Originally purchased by Dr. Barnes in 1922, the Merion campus features a Paul Philippe Cret-designed residence and gallery surrounded by a 12-acre arboretum.