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The Phillips Collection

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Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
As featured in DC Art Lovers Guide and 3 other guides
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Address: 1600 21st St. N.W., Washington DC, DC 20006
Phone Number: 202 387 2151
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"Americas First Museum of American Art" boasts a collection of...

"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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Beautiful Collection in North Dupont

I adore the Phillips Collection. Though you do have to pay a bit for it, unlike the Smithsonians, it is completely worth it. Gorgeous old DC houses converted into an even better... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I adore the Phillips Collection. Though you do have to pay a bit for it, unlike the Smithsonians, it is completely worth it. Gorgeous old DC houses converted into an even better museum. Especially if you like Rothko, there's a whole room he designed specifically for the museum. Lovely to just pop in and enjoy if you have time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This small museum has an incredible permanent collection. They also do exhibitions of quality artists throughout the year. Can easily be walked in an hour or two, unless you sit and gawk at the outrageously mesmerizing works by some true masters.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First, this place is almost impossible to find if you've never been there and you decide to take the subway to find it. Second, while there's three floors worth of collections, they are not very large floors or filled with very many pictures. Lastly, the organization of the pictures was haphazardous - they could've at least been organized by decade... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Phillips collection is a small Gem located away from the big museum area of the National Mall. The Phillips has a wonderful permanent collection which includes pieces like Van Gogh's "The Road Builders" and Renoir's "Boat Party". There are small pieces by Picasso and Miro, which are at the foundation of Modern Art. However, their are pieces which come... More 

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White Mountains
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A beautiful collection. If you are in the neighborhood it is a must see. Perfect if you are looking for something to do for a hour.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Of course you have the Smithsonian. And you can't beat the price. But the Phillips is worth every penny of its admission price. An extensive collection of works from 20th and 19th century artists, especially Renoir, Monet, and Bonnard, interesting exhibits, and housed in a fantastic series of buildings in a great neighborhood. Take it from a local -- go... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Phillips isn't on everyone's list of destinations, but for lovers of modern art, it should be. Excellent feature exhibits and a rotation of works from a fine permanent collection of intimate scaled work in intimate scaled spaces.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Collection and special exhibits are displayed in historic home and annex. Admission charge is costly. Cafe is just ok.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a town where much of the great art is free (Smithsonian), this is a museum that's worth the entrance fee charged. The setting is beautiful, and the art is gorgeous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wished we had known about the concert series before hitting up this unique collection. Otherwise, our eyes enjoyed several 'bucket list' pieces of art. The added bonus, the bees wax room.

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