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“Intimate Museum with some of the Best Art in DC”

The Phillips Collection
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Owner description: "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.
Reviewed 22 February 2012

The Phillips is a favorite of DC locals. If you love art, and have little time in DC, this would be the first place you should go. This is the former home of collectors M/M Duncan Phillips, and includes a considerable collection of mostly Impressionists and later painters, but also a smattering of earlier works, even an El Greco. Don't miss the spectacular "Ballerinas at the Bar " (Degas) and DC's most famous painting, "Luncheon of the Boating Party" (Renoir).

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Renoir's Boating Party is worth the entire trip to the Phillips. The collection is outstanding and one can see the original museum and the new wing that has been built. Doesn't make a difference whether you spend the day or a few hours. It's worth your time

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Reviewed 17 February 2012

You can do the whole thing in a couple of hours. They have rotating exhibits that are always interesting

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Reviewed 13 February 2012

Went for a special performance. Nice space. The changing exhibits interest a variety of people

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Reviewed 29 January 2012

Not sure why the rating of this museum is so high - the collection is very small and even if there are some nice paintings, the indifference or even arrogance of the staff at that place takes all the pleasure.

Before going there I checked their website for admission fees and opening hours. Nothing special was mentioned. I go there and buy my ticket. When handing it over to me, the cashier told me that the Renoir room would be closed for 2+ hours for a concert. (Why a concert in a museum, in the room with the main attraction?) I went to the room well before the concert started, but it was already closed for the public. (Why would this have to be closed 45 min. beforehand?) This pretty much spoiled the whole visit of the other sections - where there were 3-4 more interesting paintings. Also, the whole upper floor was closed (i.e. less than 2/3 of the whole museum was open and yet they charged the full admission fee - it is less that I care about paying $5 or $10, but I feel a bit deceived and taken for a fool if I'm made to pay the full price and get only half).

None of this had been announced on the website and neither had this been obvious when entering the museum. When I communicated by disappointment to the information desk, they clearly showed that they couldn't care less and simply pointed out that this would be the same every Sunday. (In this case I wonder why this is not clearly posted on the website, if this is a regular nuisance??! I could have chosen to come another day or another time!) What must be important for the management is to get the full admission fee from the Sunday visitors and also get the extra ticket fee for the concert - whereas I expect from an arts museum that their main interest is to show their exhibits make the visit of the museum a pleasurable experience...

In short: In Washington there are so many museums that there is no need to put the Phillips Collection on top of one's list. I would recommend visiting the other places first and then, when nothing more is left, perhaps, this small and unfriendly place.

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