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The Phillips Collection

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Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
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Address: 1600 21st St. N.W., Washington DC, DC 20006
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"Americas First Museum of American Art" boasts a collection of...

"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.

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A lovely museum in the heart of DC

Even when there are no special exhibits going on, the Phillips collection is always worth a visit as it hosts wonderful paintings by Renoir and Van Gogh, to name a few. The museum... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I guess I must be a philistine. Can't say that there's much that captures me about that which is displayed here. Must admit that there was one artist that had made 1:1 scale items, e.g. an automobile, piano, etc., look like they have rotted into decay after 100's of years. More interesting is contemplating the mindset, thought process and profound... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even when there are no special exhibits going on, the Phillips collection is always worth a visit as it hosts wonderful paintings by Renoir and Van Gogh, to name a few. The museum boasts rooms that are airy and well lit, a first rate collection, a welcoming coffee shop and a great museum shop. Definitely worth a stop!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of our favorite museums outside of the Smithsonian system is the Phillips Collection. It isn't huge, busy and distracting like the various "federal" museums. Sure, there's an entrance fee but it's nominal and far worthwhile. What visitors will find is a quiet and intimate venue for a relaxing afternoon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would like to invite DC tourists to stop by The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle. It is a beautiful museum and not only this, but it has a very nice Café with an outdoor patio during the Spring and Summer. They are always updated with different events and their art exhibits. I love this spot of DC. It is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ex E tech more. There are a few notable works Some are in elevated position making viewing unsatisfactory. We had spotted the whole day but easily finished in 2 hours including a very nice pastry I. The Cafe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apologies in advance for this late review. The two current exhibits "Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series," and "Whitfield Lovell: The Kin Series" are magnificent. If in DC do drop by before January 8th. Fortunately, The Phillips Collection has a permanent selection from the Migration Series. Consistently the Phillips hosts exceptional modern art exhibits, including photography, in an intimate setting. Bookmark it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a little "out of the way" but can be reached via the metro. Parking can be difficult. Small but excellent collection with changing exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I fell in love with this museum as a college student. It was just the right size- not too big and I really liked that the art was in a private house the way that the family wished it to be seen. I fell in love with the Rothko's for their color and this museum got me on my start... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a visit to the Phillips Collection on a rainy afternoon. We really enjoyed it, particularly the original house portion of the museum. Wonderful artworks by major artists and whimsical works like a beeswax room...totally fascinating. It is a real treasure in the capital...don't miss it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Half of the collection was kept in the Phillips home and was private a century ago. The other half is in the new wing, which is more of a contemporary museum. There are some fantastic pieces here, including Renoir's Boating Party. I would recommend for those who want a more intimate setting that's off the beaten path.

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