PHOTOS: Barnes Foundation Opening Gala

Guests were dressed to the nines Friday night for The Barnes Foundation Opening Gala at the art collection's new Center City location. From the food to the fashion get an inside look.

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Hundreds of guests and dignitaries packed into <a href="http://www.barnesfoundation.org/"><b>The Barnes Foundation</b></a> Friday for grand opening gala of the art collection's new Philadelphia location.
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<a href="http://www.barnesfoundation.org/" target="_blank">The Barnes Foundation</a>'s 20th and the Ben Franklin Parkway location wouldn't officially open until Saturday but Albert Barnes' impressive collection of post-impressionists was shown off to guests as part of a night of entertainment.
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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and his wife Lisa arrive.
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The carpet was appropriately colored orange for Flyers chairman Ed Snider.
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Former Sen. Arlen Specter arrives.
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NBC Nighty News anchor Brian Williams was there to meet and greet guests as well as serve as MC for the event that also included a performance from Norah Jones.
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The Barnes expects 250,000 visitors to see the collection during its first year in Philadelphia, roughly four times more than in its hallowed former Merion home that required months-in-advance reservations.
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Best dress nominee.
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You saw plenty of smiles Friday night.
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Besides the art there was plenty of music throughout the grounds of the Barnes.
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There were some protestors upset that the collection was moved from its former location at Albert Barnes' home in Merion.
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What would a gala be without some bubbly during the cocktail hour?
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The cocktail hour saw people hobnobbing with each other.
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The gala gave guests a chance to get a first look at the amazing art.
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There were some works of art being served as well including these tasty Ropa Vieja Beef Sopes.
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Beet Carpacio
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Deviled Quail Eggs
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Eggplant Lollipops
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Flat Iron Crostinis
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Smoked Salmon Mousse
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Fontina Aracini
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And, of course, Lamb Chops
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Let's take a look at some of the artful flower arrangements.
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There were even flowers in the fountain.
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After cocktail hour, guests were led to the main event.
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The main gala was held in a huge tent erected next to the new museum.
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The tables were also set like a piece of art.
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Even the salad looked like art.
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Williams welcomes everyone to dinner.<br /><a href="http://www.barnesfoundation.org/"><b>Click here for more information on visiting The Barnes Foundation</b></a>
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