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Renwick Gallery

17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-357-2700
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A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s architectural design of the building itself.
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17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
National Mall
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+1 202-357-2700
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Do not miss this very informative exhibit. There are two floors of terrific models from various burning Man encounters. I had an opportunity to use the Virtual Reality glasses m, and it felt as if I was there. The Renwick is located near the White...More

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Reviewed yesterday

A few months ago we enjoyed a visit to this gallery to see the opening of a forensic exhibit. The exhibit was well labeled and offered visitors a chance to clearly inspect and view details. We were not rushed, and the smaller crowds made us...More

Thank Laurie D
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The decorative arts museum, the Renwick, took a chance on this somewhat risky and quirky exhibit but it is a winner. Good history on Burning Man, several avant- guard exhibits plus glorious and massive displays and great interactive pieces as well...all for free. All ages...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This unique space is the best art museum in DC. Its free, as it is part of the Smithsonian, and its a very cool space. They tend to have more modern or folksy art that is unlike art anywhere else in the city. Its well...More

Thank AmandaSuttonE
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an incredible experience. We were able to experience the Burning Man exhibit. Try to go early in the day or late. This museum is small but mighty. You won't be sorry that you include it in your travel.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

During our WDC museum conference, we made sure to find time to go see the BURNING MAN exhibition @Renwick Gallery. It is fun, impressive and inspirational ! We loved every displays. This is a “Must See” exhibition. The store also is well connected with the...More

Thank TrWorldTraveler
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another free exhibit space in DC. The current Burning Man exhibit is very interesting. Knew nothing about it beforehand. Will visit again when exhibits change.

Thank Brad M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had not heard much about Burning Man but was curious nonetheless. It was well worth it! The exhibit was both interesting and immersive. After walking out I had a good idea of burning man and what it represents. The Renwick Gallery itself is a...More

Thank Francis L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great building that has rotating exhibits. They typically each last about 6 months or so before they change and showcase other artists. Free to the public and close to the White House if you happen to be in the area sightseeing. Definitely worth stopping in...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in Washington DC for over two weeks, and this exhibition was one of the highlights. The displays were spectacular and I learnt a lot about the Burning Man. If you are here don't miss it.

1  Thank Barry H
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I totally agree with lynn p in regards to her disappointment due to lack of crowd control at the "Murder Is Her Hobby" exhibit during busy times. I drove from Albany to see this exhibit. Fortunately, I arrived fairly early and was able to see most of the first room of the exhibit. But then the crowds became so unbearable that I just took photos of the crime stories so I could use those and the virtual reality views on the Renwick's site to see the rest. My suggestions would be for the exhibit to have a path guests should follow so everyone will stay in a line and not cut in in front of people who have been waiting longer to see each nutshell. I also think their should either be signs or docents present that urge guests to keep their viewing time politely short. I waited 15 minutes to try to see an exhibit that the group surrounding it decided to dominate while they tried to solve the crime. I just gave up after that... The museum could and SHOULD control that. This is a fabulous exhibit and it's very sad not to be able to see it all due to visitors who do not respect others sharing the space.
23 January 2018|
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Response from bella1000 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it was crowded but everybody took their turn & were respectful of those waiting. I don't think the intent of the exhibition is to actually solve the scenes so that may cause a problem if visitors seek to dominate the... More
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Eudora50
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Response from pookala | Reviewed this property |
I think both days will be relatively busy. Your best bet I think will be to go early in the day when they open. And don't be afraid to jump around from piece to piece. There's no order really so if one of the 'scenes' is... More
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Response from bethydollar | Reviewed this property |
No there are not wheelchairs available. There is an elevator. The only thing I have a hesitation about is the entrance. I would say to contact the museum for an accessible entrance.
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