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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 #22 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Des Moines, Iowa
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This is worth the $12 per person we paid for first Thursday. We highly suggest going on a late night, which offers lite snacks and music. What a wonderful and delightful surprise. Size wise, give yourself at least three or four hours..more if you really like to view your art. Don't miss the sacred art in the music room. While... More

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Gunnison, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The Phillips collection, billed as America's 1st Museum of Modern Art is a most worthwhile visit! It was a very pleasant experience to leisurely walk through the small uncrowded intimate rooms to see original world famous art. The home was built in 1897, the art museum was founded in 1921, and it was in 1930 that Duncan Phillips turned his... More

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NJ
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing collection and definitely worth a couple of hours. Dupont Circle metro stop and a short walk in a beautiful neighborhood. Fee to enter is reasonable, and no charge for 18 and under, which is really terrific. Right now they have an exhibition of American art, all collected by Duane Phillips when the artists were working and... More

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Dakar, Senegal
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18 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I'm kicking myself for walking by this place so many times and not walking in until today. The permanent collection holds some wonderful masterworks (each one a surprise, as I wandered in sans clue). What drew me in was their current exhibition "Made in the USA", and I was equally impressed. Beautiful, intimate (but deceptively expansive) museum. Located a short... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The Phillips Collection has an excellent collection of artwork, including masterpieces by Renoir, Monet, and Picasso. The museum is housed in a historic mansion and charges an admission fee, but it's well worth the price. The walk from the Dupont Circle metro stop to the museum goes through a gorgeous residential area of DC, very different from downtown and the... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

If you love Renoir don't miss his masterpiece here! The building alone is a piece of art and I really enjoyed taking in the great pieces. This was one of the few places I went in D.C. where it wasn't overrun with people. It is kind of like a hidden gem. :) Certainly recommend it.

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Statesville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Great art in toney section of DC- worth a visit- a nice break from the crowd in the Mall area. Only downside- some of the staff a bit smug, but not all.

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São Paulo
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This may be, or not, the best museum in DC. But it a small, lovely one. It is a pity that Alexander Calder's bird is no more in exhibition.

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Sale, UK
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We loved the permanent location which is housed in a building full of character, however the snooty staff seemed to look down their noses at my family and I as we looked around, no cheery welcome that we had found at the other places of interest, hotels and restaurants in DC. Disappointing, as a travel professional in the UK I... More

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Dallas, Texas
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

If you happen to be in the Dupont Circle area and want a snack-sized modern art museum away from the hustle and bustle, this is the place.

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