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The Phillips Collection

Address: 1600 21st St. N.W., Washington DC, DC 20006 (Dupont Circle)
Phone Number: 202 387 2151
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Ranked #19 of 242 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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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Like so many other things in DC, the Phillips Collection is a top-shelf experience. Unlike so many other things in DC, it is small enough to manage comfortably. Look for Renoir, Rothko, Jacob Lawrence, O'Keeffe, and many others. "The Luncheon of the Boating Party" warrants a visit; half (I believe) of Lawrence's "Migration" series is there.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

A beautiful private art collection reminding one of the Frick Collection in NYC. Many beautiful paintings by Bonnard, Van Gogh, and Gaugain, among many others in a beautiful part of Washington DC. The museum also has a great gift shop and is free for all of the rooms except for special exhibitions. A great way to spend 1-2 hours viewing... More 

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pneb
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a wonderful collection housed in a lovely home. The artwork is a from a variety of modern artists from Klee, Van Gogh, Picasso ,Bonnard etc. Fantastic pieces in a intimate, approachable setting.

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Ligonier PA
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This place is the bedrock of modern visual art in the United States, but it does not sit on its provenance. Coming here since 1978, I find the shows and exhibits fluent and intelligent every time. The recently ended Neo-Impressionist exhibit was a highlight; the Phillips does a great job of getting marvelous works from private collections. Membership has its... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My D.C. daughter and I visited the Phillips on a weekend afternoon. We used a coupon or promotional deal she had picked up for one of the exhibits. I would definitely go back without a deal. The history of the museum as a once-private collection is interesting to learn about. For those interested, they have docent led tours or information... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We went to the NeoImpressionism exhibit which was almost the entire 3rd floor. An impressive exhibition of including all the greats. The old mansions is as impressive at the art on its wall.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We love the Phillips for its excellent collection of Impressionist art, which when we visited included a special exhibit of Pointilist paintings. The wood floors also help, as does the size of the museum: small enough to feel intimate, large enough to have good wall space. If that's not enough, then there's Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party," two van... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Unlike the overwhelming SMithsonian museums in DC, the Phillips gives you just enough. They display their permanent collection in different configurations so even if you've been before you see things newly. And the artwork is displayed in two interesting and unusual buildings. Last year we attended a fascinating exploration of how Van Gogh painted the same thing over and over... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

While there are some notable pieces, especially for students of the modern genre, the attitude of the staff, beginning with the cashiers, is as described in the title of this review. On the plus side, it is a smallish accessible collection and can be enjoyed in an hour or so.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

There is something very special about a collection made by one man (sorry, don't know about a one woman equivalent) I've written about others such as the Gulbenkian in Lisbon and, in the extreme of wealth, the Getty, but they all fascinate me Starting proposition is that one has near unlimited funds, hopefully accompanied by artistic sensibility, result is this... More 

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