Barnes Art Museum Philadelphia

The Barnes Art Museum in Philadelphia is surrounded by a reflecting pool manufactured by Delta Fountains.

Barnes Museum Landscape Designed Reflecting Pool

The reflecting pool and surrounded landscaping were designed to play of one another. The surrounding lighting was strategically placed to be reflected in the pool at night.

Tabletop Fountain and Reflecting Pool

The gardens outside the Barnes Museum are home to another Delta Fountains water feature. This feature is a tabletop fountain with a reflective top and waterfall along the side.

Philadelphia Urban Planning and Design

The Museum's surrounding garden acts as an intermediary urban park that separates the Museum from the rest of the city.

Barnes Museum Tabletop Weir Waterfall

The tabletop fountain's water stays tranquil along the entire length of the linear feature until it flows over a weir edge.

The Reflecting Pool's Multiple Elements

The Museum wanted to combine multiple natural elements to complete their water feature. A pebbled bottom gives the pool a sense of texture beyond the calm surface of the water.

Reflecting Pool's Invisible Edge

Part of the design aspect was to allow visitors to get right up to the water's edge, via the walkway, when entering the museum.

The Barnes Museum

Philadelphia, PA


The Barnes Museum in downtown Philadelphia, home of the art collection of Albert C. Barnes, is now home to two water features. The first, a long reflecting pool, is surrounded by trees and acres of garden. It outlines the museum to reflect both the building and many of the colorful trees within the garden. The second feature lies within the museum’s park gardens. The feature is a raised linear pool that pours water over the sides via a weir. This feature is part of a long strip of sitting area for the park visitors.

About the Barnes Museum Reflecting Pools

Filtration issues required Delta Fountains to supply a horizontal sand filter with a manual linkage backwash system that operates dual tank sand filters. Delta Fountains also supplied other custom solutions: an ozone chemical-feed system, ultrasonic water level controls mounted on clear standpipe, variable frequency drive (VFD) operated feature pumps, vacuum switch/gauge panel assemblies, and custom stainless steel troughs and cover plates. 

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