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"Americas First Museum of American Art" boasts a collection of over 2,500 19th and 20th-century masters, both American and European, including Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, Manet, OKeefe and more.
1600 21st St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1003
Dupont Circle
+1 202-387-2151
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Reviewed yesterday

This is my favorite art museum! The Phillips Collection claims to be the "First Museum of American Art" and has an amazing collection of masterpieces in what was the former home of wealthy art collector Duncan Phillips. An exhibit in itself, the mansion houses paintings...More

Thank FTLFan
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is, indeed, a pleasant place to visit, located on one of the many attractive Streets in the neighbourhood surrounding Dupont Circle. This year, as last, we were staying at the very good "Dupont Circle Hotel", and felt we had some "unfinished business" since 2017,...More

Thank Gooner10-8
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A pleasant small museum in the Phillips former home, this museum has nicely hung art ranging from good to superb modern pieces— including Renoir’s delightful The Boating Party. There’s a small pleasant cafe and gift shop and on Thursday entrance to the permanent collection is...More

Thank Bearwife
Reviewed 4 days ago

So pleased that we walked from our appartment up to this gallery as it was well worth the visit. So many great peaces of art in one collection.

Thank Christine C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Phillips Collection is a small museum of distinction. Art of prominent American and European artists are displayed in the 1898 mansion of Duncan Phillips, a steel heir and graduate of Yale. The museum has been extended beyond the original house. Artwork includes that of...More

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit The Phillips Collection every 2 years or so when we visit Washington DC. Most visits are rewarding, but this time we were really disappointed. We were able to view Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party, which is the greatest work of their collection,...More

Thank Ron-Dianne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thirty years ago, I took the course 19th Century Painting at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jerseay. One of the painting was analyzed was Renoir's "Luncheon at the Boating Party." I remember how the professor screamed about the price paid for one Renoir, $32...More

Thank Gregory G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some might see this as a rather eclectic collection but in many ways that is the making of it. the location is great the history fascinating and the collection is fantastic - the Nordic temporary exhibition whilst we were there was odd but it somehow...More

Thank andrewsouthall
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am not generally a contemporary art fan, but this is a fantastic collection of early 20th century art as well and it is interesting to see how they have grafted on the modern buildings to the original home. Also, the cafe is outstanding. Try...More

Thank Douglas T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Phillips Collection is excellent. There is a diverse collection of 19th century work (large percentage French) and 20th with well-known names. A star is the Renoir Boating Party. Urban impressionism at its best. A nice cafe with good food and beverages and delightful youthful...More

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Gail M
14 May 2018|
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Response from Gerhard1945 | Reviewed this property |
Well, gladly: the collection is closed on Monday, but be sure to see it either Sunday afternoon or Tuesday morning if you have the slightest chance. -- Honestly, I would have thought that anybody using Tripadvisor would... More
29 January 2018|
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Response from Gerhard1945 | Reviewed this property |
To the best of my knowledge, there is no restoration work going on--unless it began after my visit on 19 November past. On that day, everything was on show, and to boot there was a special exhibit with foreign loans around... More
11 February 2017|
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Response from saxahoya | Reviewed this property |
I was there a month ago.. It was NOT voluntary.. There was an admission fee