Barnes Foundation opening in new Philly location

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 16 at 12:03 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After years of bitter court fights, the Barnes Foundation is opening its doors to the public at its new location on Philadelphia's "museum mile."

A sneak peek Wednesday offers the first look at the foundation's home on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The $150 million museum is now home to the multibillion-dollar art collection of the late pharmaceutical magnate Dr. Albert Barnes.

The Barnes opens Saturday. Admission is free for the first 10 days and tickets are completely sold out.

The huge collection of paintings by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso had been housed in Merion since 1925. It arrived from the suburbs after 10 years of legal challenges from neighbors who wanted the collection to stay put.

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