Reporting Pat Ciarrocchi
By Pat Ciarrocchi
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The priceless art collection at the Barnes Foundation attracts a record-breaking number of visitors almost every day.
But on Friday nights, the museum is open with music, tastings, even a pajama party for the children.
On any given night, art lovers are experiencing the Barnes. And on this January Friday evening, in what’s known as the “Light Court,” we found the Arab music of Albastan mixing with traditional jazz.
It’s experiencing culture through many senses, and Dr. Barnes’ signature passion is at the core of the Friday night programs at the Barnes.
Jan Rothschild, the Barnes’ communications director, guided us through the gallery, describing herself as “transformed” being in service to this collection.
“The galleries have an intimate feel, they’re not overcrowded. People are still really able to engage with the art, get close to it — to look at it, to walk back and forth, walk away, think about it,” Rothschild says.
On Friday nights, you can learn more, and even bring the kids for a pajama tour.
“Kids are completely fantastic. They love the Barnes Foundation. It’s a little like ‘Where’s Waldo?’ trying to find the keys to different puzzles.”
This Friday, it’s more jazz. Next Friday, there’s a tequila tasting.
And every day, there’s art that the world wants to see.
For more, visit: http://www.barnesfoundation.org