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The Arts in Philly Are Back!


For too many months, locals have been stuck home attending Zoom happy hours and binging Netflix, wishing for the days of socializing with friends in person and immersing yourself in all of the exciting arts and culture offerings of the Philly area. Well thankfully this summer, the city is slowly reopening and life is getting back to normal, which means you can bust out of your Crane Chinatown apartment and take in both the sunshine and your social calendar.

Enjoy both on a walk to the Barnes Foundation, one of the city’s most renowned art museums. The Barnes recently reopened its doors to in-person visitors so now is a great time to head the quick 1 mile from your Crane Chinatown apartment to the museum to take in all of the eye-opening offerings. In addition to the regular collection of Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso and Van Gogh, the museum also is hosting a number of special exhibits for its grand reopening.

Conversations in Paint is among the displays. The world premiere, and only scheduled U.S. show, features 45 works by famed 20th century artists Soutine and de Kooning. In addition to showcasing their most famous paintings, the exhibition highlights how the circles in which both traveled influenced one another and ultimately the arts scene of the time.

In addition to perusing the works on display, visitors are also again able to enjoy the full event calendar at The Barnes, featuring guided tours, art history classes, hands-on workshops and more. So whether you’re looking to appreciate art or hone your own artistic skills, a trip to the Barnes is the best place to do it.

Before your summer social calendar fills up too much, make sure to pencil in some time for a visit to the Barnes Foundation to reacquaint yourself with Philly’s exciting arts community.

Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia, PA 19130