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The Phillips Collection

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Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Art museums, Museums
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Address: 1600 21st St. N.W., Washington DC, DC 20006
Phone Number: 202 387 2151
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Description: "Americas First Museum of American Art" boasts a collection of over 2,500...
"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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must see Renoir

I used to study here when I was in graduate school many years ago. It was free back then. Now there is a charge, but I still enjoy coming back to see the wonderful selection of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I used to study here when I was in graduate school many years ago. It was free back then. Now there is a charge, but I still enjoy coming back to see the wonderful selection of artwork, especially Renoir's masterpiece of the Boating Party. It is worth coming for if you see nothing else, but there is so much more.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I had seen the collection several times years ago but had not been back since the addition, which includes an entire modern wing and a café and bookstore. I wasn't very impressed by either the architecture or the venues, but the collection does look less cramped than before. The collection this time did not look as impressive as I remembered... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

If you like to view art in intimate spaces instead of in grand ones, you will probably enjoy this place. The impressionists and modernists are well represented. However, go on a weekday when you can spend a little time without bumping into others who are also trying to view. Not a good place for rambunctious children!

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This place has it all. The collection is extensive. Just to see Monet's Picinic is breath taking. Admission is nominal. Take time to prowl. You will be amazed at what is there. They do have current shows as well.

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DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Some of the art is spectacular, some not so great. Depends on the exhibit and your taste. Only downside is that its off the beaten path and hard to find parking around it.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I visited the Phillips collection with my wife on a Saturday morning. There were some very interesting pieces in the collection. I particularly liked the following modernist artist Edward hopper, Stefan hirsch, ralston Crawford, Charles steeler, & Jacob Lawrence. Of course the renoir and Matisse were amazing and are much discussed on other reviews. I did not particularly like the... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The Phillips Collection is very special since it is a private collection in the boyhood home of the individual who initiated and funded the original collection. It is located in a wonderful part of Washington, DC near Dupont Circle. The ambience and location of the museum are unique. We greatly enjoyed visiting again during our last visit to Washington, DC.... More 

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westfield, nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Much less crowded than the National Gallery. Filled with impressive art in a very nice setting. Should be much better known than it is.

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Ocean City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

My husband and I were recently in DC around the Dupont Circle area and looking for something to do that was close by. We found The Phillips Collection and were delighted. The collection of art they had was amazing and contained a little bit of something for everyone. You will be delighted with the coffee shop, the gift shop, and... More 

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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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