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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 #21 of 260 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

My American friend, who is a member of the Phillips Collection, gave a couple of suggestions of a Sunday activity before I flew back to Europe and I jumped at the Phillips Collection. I've been there with him once before, for a reception that even included free wine. This collection has the right size. You can see it in its... More

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Sparks, Nevada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Although not on the scale of a Smithsonian, this beautiful old home near Dupont Circle houses one of the best art collections in any city in the world. Duncan Phillips shocked the staid art community in 1921 when he opened his modern art museum, featuring Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Cezanne, well, you get the idea. The current special exhibit of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A wonderful, somewhat eclectic collection of generally mid 19th to early 20th century art, with some very notable exceptions that still fit in to the collection. It's a pretty building and a moderate size collection that make the visit comfortable and interesting without overwhelming. They often have excellent special exhibits too.

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Special exhibit on Post-Impressionists over in January is a must see- We go every year or so and it is always worth the effort. Not a huge gallery but a wonderful collection.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

A wonderful collection with a well thought out presentation. I enjoyed the paintings especially the Renoir." Luncheon of the Boating Party. There were also some amusing sculptures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I was in Washington on business but stayed over the weekend and visited The Philips Collection to see the Neo-Impressionist exhibit. This was fantastic.... very well-curated. Don't miss it. The rest of the museum is equally interesting and while it was very busy, it was not unpleasantly so - not claustrophobic, as many well known museums can feel like on... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I have never heard of this art collection prior to staying at the Fairfax at Embassy row. This is an excellent collection that has many works of art from around the world but focuses mainly on American artists. I thoroughly enjoyed the works of art by many of the American artists including Hicks/Twachtman/Tucker/O'Keefe. They have a room set up for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Go there and sit in front of the Luncheon of the boating party of Renoir... This one and a few others are really compelling.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This art collection is not on the same volume of scale as one of the Smithsonian galleries. It is in several mansions that have been combined in the DuPont circle area. If you like impressionist art and like a more intimate setting, this is your place. Also has a great gift shop, indoor outdoor cafe.

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We love a good art museum. This was one of the best collections I have seen. Very nice display of the art with plenty of room to view from different angles. If you love art then don't miss this museum.

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