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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 #23 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art 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... more » 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. « less
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Accrington, Lancashire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

.....There are three rooms that I would plunder. Two are in Vienna (Brueghels and Klimts). The third is in the Phillips.where the dazzling main course of Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party is presented with the perfect accompanyments of Van Gogh, Matisse and Bonnard in a feast of light and colour. Rather like London's Courtauld Gallery, there's a little of... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I've lived in DC for 20+ years and the Phillips continues to be my favorite non-Smithsonian museum. The museum is conveniently located a few blocks from the Dupont Circle metro stop and there is an admission charge, but the museum consistently features some of the best Contemporary Art exhibits in town and is well worth the price of admission. The... More

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Weston, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We enjoyed this lovely museum on a Saturday morning, no crowds just a lovely setting and a great collection of art. Highly recommend fro a quiet morning!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Stayed nearby in DuPont Circle and decided to check out this museum. This is a smaller museum, but I was pleasantly surprised by their impressionist collection. Really liked the house rooms with all of the fireplaces, and the music room. We went early on a weekday and practically had the place to ourselves!

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My favorite painting of all time is The Afternoon of the Boating Party; I was glad to have the opportunity to spend the afternoon with a friend, viewing the painting, touring the rest of the collection and enjoying lunch in their café. My only disappointment was the available sizes of reproductions in the gift shop. I purchased the largest one... More

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Chase City, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What a wonderful collection of American art, but the gem is the Renoir. I could have sat and looked at it for hours. Do not miss this gem when you are in DC. A bit off the beaten path but well worth it.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Yes. There is an admission charge. YES, it was definitely worth it. YES, I will go back next time. I went to see the Neo-Impressionist exhibit and found it less than inspiring, but I truly enjoyed what I saw of the rest of the collection. I know I missed some things. When I enjoy a gallery, I tend to bounce... More

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Exeter, Devon, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is one of the best art galleries I have been to. The collection is incredible, especially the abstracts. Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko are there in numbers. Indeed, there is a Rothko room. The entire place is inspirational and staff well-educated and helpful.

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Granger, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I normally stick with the larger galleries... When I asked about more Renoirs at the national gallery, I was told that the Luncheon of the Boating Party was part of the Phillips Collection. Also, tucked away behind an old, covered piano was the surprise of El Grecco's Repentance of St. Peter. I was just awestruck. I'm not normally a huge... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Visited the Phillips Gallery to see their American Artist exhibit from their collection. I had not been there since the building annex was added. The paintings and art I always enjoyed at the Phillips were in different places than before, but curated so they were in advantageous positions for viewing from halls and doorways even before entering each gallery. The... More

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