About 200 reporters, critics, and photographers from the United States and abroad descended on the Barnes Foundation on Wednesday as the clock ticked down toward the Saturday opening of the new gallery on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The assembled journalists toured galleries filled with the early modernist collection assembled by Albert C. Barnes and listened to foundation officials and board members tout the new building and the museum's controversial move from Merion to the city. Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and landscape architect Laurie Olin — designers of building and grounds — also spoke briefly.