Are you familiar with the Barnes Foundation? If not, that in itself is a good excuse to cruise into town for an overnight from New York or Baltimore as the Barnes is, in addition to being an incredible display of art, drenched in controversy. In short, when Albert Barnes died in 1951, he left behind what is estimated to be a $25 billion art collection, mostly impressionist and modernist works. Despite his wishes to keep the pieces "in exactly the places they are" in the building next to his home in Lower Merion, a two-year legal process resulted in the collection's move to Center City in an attempt to improve the Foundation's financial situation and bring tourism dollars to the city. The 2009 documentary The Art of the Steal covers the whole ordeal, and you can read more about it online.
If you're interested in the Barnes and you fancy a stay at the Four Seasons, they also have a separate promotion that gives you two tickets and breakfast included with a room. Conveniently located down the road from the Barnes Foundation and the Four Seasons is the Museum of Art, where you can run up the stairs and take touristy Rocky photos. Go on a Friday and check out Art After 5 for live music and wine.
The With Art Philadelphia promotion is available until March 31st. Rates for the package start at $205 a night.
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