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Barnes Foundation Elated With Reaching $200M Fundraising Mark

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Barnes Foundation has reached a major fundraising milestone.

The iconic organization now based in Lower Merion has hit its fundraising goal of $200 million to build its new museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelhphia.

Standing in front of the constuction site today, foundation executive director Derek Gillman (in photo) said museum membership is at 10,000 — up from only 400 two years ago.

He sees that as vindication of those who won the court fight to move the Barnes collection from Merion.

“I think the achievement and the surpassing of that campaign target is absolutely a thumbs-up for people’s belief in the future and the sustainability of this organization,” he said.

The collection in Merion closes to the public this Sunday.  The new museum is expected to open in about a year, but opponents of the move have another court date in August.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • mark

    I think all this bragging about the membership just further illustrates the despicable theft of the REAL Barnes Foundation. It is extremely sad that people don’t care about the hallowed building and grounds that is the real Barnes Foundation. I wonder how many “memberships” are a result of people wanting to see the real Barnes in it’s last days before it moves into the Circus Act on the Parkway? I had to join to see the Barnes at it’s present location last week. The elite are are keeping everyone out UNLESS … of course, you become a memeber. Anyway, we deserve what we are going to get. Americans and mostly Pennsylvanians are too damn lazy to get involved to save this significant historical treasure. We allow the elite, the politicians, the “fraudations” who just seek to make tons and tons of money and shove as many clueless people into this FAUX Barnes as possible. There was NEVER a public debate on this issue that was covered by any local press. All this was the result of back room deals. Our children will inherit a stolen art collection arranged in a fast food setting and nothing more. The histrorical, aesthetical, ethical, and spiritual parts of the collection will forever remain in an empty building in Merion Pa. That is the truth. What a great lesson we are teaching our kids … break a Will, steal a collection, squander tax payers money and destroy a National Treasure.


    Its still grave robbing, I will never support nor will I ever visit, it goes against everything that Barnes wanted. Too bad your will doesn’t mean anything to those with political and legislative power. Must have been a sweet deal behind closed doors. Good job Fast Eddie and Dirty John good job! I hope your wills are nevered ignored!

  • Evelyn Yaari

    Great question, Bret. It took them five long years! If you want to see what CultureGrrl thinks of Derek Gillman’s self-congratulations, have a look at this:

  • Bret Walker

    Wow, the $200 mark? How long did that take?

    • Doug Spavlik

      LOL I caught that too! If I give them $50 am I considered a Platinum Contributor? Just Sayin!

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