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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 252 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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Charlottesville, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend and I both decided to escape the hordes of annoying tourists and visit the Phillips Collection for a change. It turned out to be a mistake.We are both professional photographers and I was carrying a camera bag, but I had no intention of taking photos, even if it was allowed. After paying the hefty admission fee, I was... More

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Oak Park
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is a hidden gem. Go here if you want to have an up close, personal experience with amazing art. This museum will provide a great experience for all levels of art appreciation.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Always a great visit, the Phillips has an outstanding collection and very creative rotating exhibits. The centerpiece Renoir painting of the boating party is always a joy to see as are the other Impressionists in the collection. The on site cafe offers interesting eats and a great courtyard in which to enjoy your selections.

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Great collection of art in a wide range of styles/time periods. Renoir's Luncheon is definitely the highlight, with several other Picassos and an El Greco. Conveniently located about 1 block from the Dupont Metro.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Great collection of American art, also great to see Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party, which is a classic. Took us about 2 hours to tour. There is a great discount for AAA members and students.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The Phillips has a fine permanent collection and comprehensive traveling exhibitions. The gift shop is well stocked with items for children and "grown ups" and the Collection has a cafe. You can visit the cafe and gift shop without paying admission to the Collection.

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Cheltenham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Just a short walk from DuPont Circle and about 20 minutes from Georgetown the Phillips collection is another gem of a collection of 20C American paintings - and currently the Made in the USA show. Or if for nothing else go for Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party": One of the world's greatest paintings---large, impactful, "living" vibrant ruddish people who seem alive. You can almost step into this bucolic scence of merriment. Renoir's layering of colors, particularly reds, imparts living tissue to the assortment of characters---eyeing each other with curiosity and passions. The Phillips Collection has great permanent displays---but special exhibits and... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Well worth the visit and we enjoyed the Made in the USA exhibit. The 4 Rothko's in a room of their own and the meditative chamber of 400 lbs of Beeswax were both wonderful. Then there was Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party!! Bliss!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Wonderful collection, well curated and presented. Intended to spend 2 hours and ended up staying for four. The Children's Art exhibit is worth the trip as well. If you think you might come back more than once you should consider a membership. It's worth the price and tax deductible.

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