Barnes Foundation

Philadelphia, PA


Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

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Our founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes, believed that art had the power to improve minds and transform lives. Our diverse educational programs are based on his teachings and one-of-a-kind collections with both his art holdings in Philadelphia and the rare trees, flowers, and other plants at the Barnes Arboretum.

The mission of the Barnes Foundation is to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.

Born into a working-class family in Philadelphia, Albert Coombs Barnes (1872 - 1951) showed his intelligence and drive early on. He was accepted to the prestigious Central High School, graduated from medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to study chemistry in Germany. He made his fortune by co-inventing the silver-based antiseptic Argyrol with his German colleague Hermann Hille.

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