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The Phillips Collection

1600 21st St. N.W., Washington DC, DC 20006 (Dupont Circle)
202 387 2151
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Ranked #20 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: "Americas First Museum of American Art" boasts a collection of over...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
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.
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

If you are overwhelmed by the amount of art in DC, head to this museum off Dupont Circle. I did not think I was a fan of modern art but the experience has made me look further.

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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This is one of my favorite places to visit in DC. It does have an entrance fee (unlike the National Gallery of Art and all other Smithsonian museums), but it is not large and is well worth it. My favorite painting is on permanent display here, the Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party. I could spend an hour just sitting... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I came to The Phillips Collection specifically to see Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party, and I was thrilled to see this magnificent work after leading two different book clubs on Susan Vreeland's book about the painting. The unexpected bonus was the exceptional beauty of the rest of The Phillips Collection. The current special collection on loan from Museum d'Orsay... More 

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Annapolis, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

When people come to D.C. they often just visit the Smithsonian Museums and miss one of the true gems in the city. Both the permanent exhibits as well as the special shows and concerts are always exceptional. It is not that difficult to get away from the Mall and experience something a little different and inspiring.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Beautiful building and setup for wonderful art. Concerts are great in small intimate room inside the gallery

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I loved the setting of this museum and how it enhances what is obviously a careful, personal selection of art. We visited during the Neo-Impressionist exhibit, which was lovely. I thoroughly enjoyed and was moved by the Jacob Lawrence migration series, and the gallery paintings in the original home were knockouts. Friendly and knowledgeable staff told us that about 15%... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Don't like modern art but luckily, there is an exhibit on neo-impressionist artists. Fantastic. Short walk from our hotel, Park Hyatt. Many museums in Washington are free, but this one is not.

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Morrisville, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We never miss the Phillips when we are in DC. Much smaller than the huge galleries on the Mall, the Phillips has a permanent collection of modern art with a focus on impressionists like Renoir, Degas and Cassatt. Current exhibit features neo-impressionists like Seurat and Signac. A room is dedicated to a personal favorite, Paul Klee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

DC is a target rich environment for world-class art museums--most of them free. This elegant collection of (mostly) impressionist art is well worth a trip. It will seem expensive when you're used to free in DC but it's worth the price. It's also smaller and more accessible than the gargantuan museums on the mall. Well worth seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The highlight of the collection is the Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party, reflecting the newly emerging Parisian society. The sumptuous painting is the best known and most popular work of art at The Phillips Collection. It alone, is worth the trip to the museum, which is located is a quaint area, which also makes for a pleasant walk... More 

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