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Renwick Gallery

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Address: 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202-357-2700
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Description: A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s...
A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s architectural design of the building itself.
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Steps from the White House, but its RED people!!

Fantastic museum, and truly a must for all museum goers. Also close by another must, Ford's Theater, and you can wave to the President!! Hope you make it soon!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Fantastic museum, and truly a must for all museum goers. Also close by another must, Ford's Theater, and you can wave to the President!! Hope you make it soon!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a nifty little museum that contains so much of the arts in all their forms. From paintings to contemporary craft arts it is a good, quiet place to rest and contemplate. It is just doors down from the White House.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I went with my teenage daughter. Not big place, but free and very interesting fun query sculptures with great artist statement to give the exhibits meaning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

This wonderful museum of decorative arts is unfortunately closed for renovations for the next two years. Until then, try the Smithsonian American Art Museum, you won't be disappointed.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Whenever I have guests in from out of town, I always make sure to take them into the Renwick for a quick visit after we go to Lafayette Square (since they all want to see the White House). The building -- the first purpose built museum in the District -- is magnificent, and I love the feeling of climbing up... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

I was here October 2013 when there was an American basket exhibit. I hate to say it (it *is* the Smithsonian), but I found the basket exhibit to be boring. My kids would not have appreciate this exhibit either. There's a video playing, showing how they are woven and there is a great display of baskets that can be touched.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Sadly this was my first visit and will be the last for 2 years as they totally renovate the building.What a beautiful spot this is.The stairs alone were worth the visit-marble and beautiul.A lovely selection of American painters in the Grand Salon and a view of the ceramics exhibition and we were out of the door.Well worth catching before they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

What a wonderful, small museum. And, it is free. The exhibit area is not large, so you do not feel overwhelmed. It has a nice gift shop and is very close to other museums. A quick walk from the Metro.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

OMG ... was just wandering and because I love architecture this building caught my eye and I went in. What a blessing I did, a blend of nice portrait art and "thoughtful", and deeply creative contemporary art. I state it this way because I'm not really attracted to modern or contemporary art but the items there were so creative in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

The Renwick Gallery is a great little museum focused on American crafts and decorative arts. Just a few steps from the White House and admission is free. Beautiful building and collection, changing exhibits. Definitely worth a visit.

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