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The Phillips Collection

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Address: 1600 21st St. N.W., Washington DC, DC 20006
Phone Number: 202 387 2151
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Description: "Americas First Museum of American Art" boasts a collection of over 2,500...
"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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another great art attraction

the little gem of a museum has a terrific collection that rotates in the new and improved gallery space. unfortunately some of my favorites paintings weren't on view this visit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 2, 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

the little gem of a museum has a terrific collection that rotates in the new and improved gallery space. unfortunately some of my favorites paintings weren't on view this visit, but several were, notably a fabulous bonnard interior, and several nice little degas paintings. if all the great stuff they own was up at the same time this place would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I loved that this gallery was intimate and had just a small collection of outstanding art. The building itself is worth seeing- gorgeous architecture on the inside. Plus it is open past five on Thursdays, a great evening activity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

In a city with so many museums (National Gallery of Art, for example), this is an undervisited place, but it is a must-see for those who appreciate art. A peacuful environment, an inviting cafe, free wi-fi and corteous staff, not to mention the wonderful artworks.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

This museum would be world class in any city. The architectural evolution of the Phillips from the original mansion to the additions houses one of the major 19th and 20th century collections in the world in a serene and inviting setting. I never begrudge the price of admission in a town where most museums are free and I never come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We were there early September 2012. The previous days we had seen the National Gallery of Art and the Hirschhorn. Just to say that our standards and expectation was high. We were not disappointed: as with the NYC Frick collection it proves that an individual collector with good taste (and enough $$) can match public galleries. the building is small... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

The Phillips Collection is a small art museum that occupies an important place in Washington, DC cultural history. The permanent collection includes many well known Impressionist artists; the signature painting is Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. Don't miss the Rothko Room, the paintings of Arthur Dove, and Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series. The museum includes Duncan Phillip's original house... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Phillips makes you feel like a true patron of the arts. Is it that the museum was a home? Is it the music on Sundays or the wine parties every month? Last visit was to take in the Renoir exhibit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

The Phillips Collection always has interesting special exhibitions. I loved the Jasper Johns lithographs -- very thoughtfully curated.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

My favorite small art museum in Washington! Make sure you check out both the older house as well as the contemporary building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The Phillips Collection was started by Duncan Phillips at the turn of the century ... a visionary art collector. This museum is not part of the Smithsonian and therefor it isn't jammed with tourists. Instead, it is a calm, stately, magnificently curated mansion and annex (completely modern) that houses some of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st... More 

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