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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 255 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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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

In a city of great museums, and of great art museums, the Phillips is quite special. Free to visit, a wonderful array of art, and a very intimate setting, this is arguably the best art museum in DC and one of the best I've seen anywhere. My only complaint was that the lighting seemed a bit off in some rooms,... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

2 Van Goghs, Picasso, Cezannes, Monet, Whistler and a magnificent Renoir "Luncheon party after boating". Very interesting gift shop. WELL worth a visit. FREE!!!!

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Jerusalem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We like always to stop by the Phillips Collection to see the permanent collection. It is a pleasure to walk around the old building as well as the modern annex. It is a small place, quiet and most of the time not crowded. There is a fee admission, but on Tuesday and Friday it is free.

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I found the Phillips Collection be a well curated small, high quality gallery. We were offered a reduced entry fee because they were just setting up a new exhibition at the time. However, the fact that they were in between exhibitions in no way dimished our experience. The quailty of paintings on display here is excellent. I know everyone comes... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We went to the Phillips Collection to see their Neo-Impressionism exhibit. We ended up not liking it that much, but we really liked the rest of the collection. It is arranged according to subject instead of by artist or period. This was a different twist that made it very enjoyable. There is a wide variety of artists which is nice... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Love this little museum housed in two old buildings. The rooms are small and cosy but has good natural light. Renoir's the Boating Party is housed here and we were told it does not travel to other cities etc.

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Chesterfield, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The Phillips Collection is just a spectacular experience. Perfectly sized and containing world class art in an intimate environment. More than I could have ever hoped and such a pleasant day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Don't go to The Phillips on Mondays-- it's closed!! What a wonderful treat to amble thru this intimate museum. The Luncheon of the Boating Party is worth the trip itself, however to see an El Greco, and Georgia O'Keefe in the same "house" was awesome. Phillips home was a beautiful show place for the exhibits and gave one a peek... More

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We enjoyed visiting the Phillips on a friday morning before our appointment at Georgetown in the afternoon. We were interested in the Seurat exhibit, and the impressionists. Luncheon of the Boating Party is a must-see. We had plenty of time just with a half day. The museum is easily reached by metro (Dupont Circle). The gift shop staff was very... More

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Zurich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I'm not a great one for "modern" art (in the sense of anything after the Impressionists), but there's no doubt about it that Duncan Phillips had an incredible eye for being among the first to identify those who would become famous. One of the most impressive was an Edward Hopper painting of a train line entering a tunnel at the... More

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