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Corcoran Gallery of Art

500 17th St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20006 (National Mall)
202 639 1700
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Ranked #82 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums
Description: D.C.'s largest private art museum has impressive collections of both American and European art.
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

There is a $10 entrance fee but the art is well worth seeing my only bug bear (as a Londoner and regular visitor to the Tate modern) is that one of my favourite pieces of art- a version of No 14 by Mark Rothko- is displayed in a lit room on a smaller scale, not how it should be displayed!... More

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Washington, DC
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Recently traveled to the TheArc venue of the Corcoran Art Gallery to attend the Question Bridge: Black Males Tour. I was surprised, but pleased, to learn of the location across the Anacostia River. It's set in a quaint building also served by the Boys and Girls Club, Levine School of Music and many other community-based organizations. The day we visited,... More

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Newport Beach, California
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32 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Wow, was I glad I decided to pay and see this museum! They had so many great pieces of art by many famous artists! Remington, Monet, Renoir, Cassatt, loved them all! The museum was quiet, quaint, and they even allowed you to take pictures! I will be back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Though I have been in the area for sometime, I had not attended the Corcoran. Upon entering, there was a cursory search of my case and there was a free storage area for bags and coats. There is a small cafe inside but it was closed apparently a couple of hours before the gallery does. I was pleased to not... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We went again to the Corcoran to see the American Art special exhibition. It was wonderful. The Corcoran charges admission so be prepared but it is a wonderful building and has a great sampling of art from the US and Europe. I'm not a big fan of the modern art there and it seems to take up too much space... More

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new canaan ct
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72 reviews 72 reviews
42 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I go to DC every other year to visit museums, galleries, hear concerts, see friends. Sometimes I see a special exhibition at the Corcoran, in a handsome building with a good cafe. Shows of modern and contemporary art and design tend to be outstanding, although the Gallery also has older traditional art as well. What's more, the Corcoran is located... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

They have work of art, Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso, and more. They have a room from 1770 France, that is exceptional, wish the walls could talk. We could have spent all day there.

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UK
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We had hoped to go to some other Art Galleries, but we were in Washington during the Shutdown in October. This is a private museum so it is more expensive to visit, but we thoroughly enjoyed it. You have to get used to the salon style of display, which I found a bit overwhelming. There were some beautiful bronze statues,... More

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Germantown, Maryland
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101 reviews 101 reviews
26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Went on a Sunday to take in a special exhibit, discovered they had live music and plenty of great items in their regular collection. I think admission was $10 for seniors, and I got at least $10 worth of enjoyment out of the visit. Especially liked Church's Niagara Falls painting and the Mary Cassat they own. And it's only about... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

It is a lovely building to start with. Also the restaurant downstairs does Sunday brunch with live music. I did not eat there, so I cannot comment on the food. The atmosphere is relaxing. The War Photo Exhibition is great, a bit sombre for a Sunday, but I had a great time and seen lovely pieces on the day. Check... More

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