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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 #95 of 252 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Description: D.C.'s largest private art museum has impressive collections of both American and European art.
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Athens, Greece
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97 reviews 97 reviews
45 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Including many traditional favorites, including Stuart's portraits of Geo. Washington. Not too large to be overwhelming, but sufficiently rich to keep your attention for several pleasant and fascinating hours.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I was impressed with the wonderful collection of art there. It is an excellent combination of modern and classic art in a beautiful building. Its so exclusive and not overwhelming that one can enjoy each piece at a comfortable pace. Everybody should visit this museum before it will be closed in October.

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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

So glad my wife and I decided to visit this fine museum before its dissolution this fall. In addition to the Clark collection, there are outstanding American art works, and some wonderful pieces of sculpture, The Veiled Nun, by Giuseppe Croff being especially impressive. I share with some other reviewers the impression that exhibits of student art were not exactly... More

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65 reviews 65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The museum is very "doable". Not overwhelming but tons of wonderful art from many different periods. Thoroughly enjoyed this museum. It is however one of the private museums in DC and does have an entry fee. $10 and $8 for senior citizens.

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Texas City, Texas
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84 reviews 84 reviews
33 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We stopped by this museum on the way to the Lincoln Memorial. It's a little off the beaten path but worth it. We got in for free since it was Saturday. It had several very nice pieces, it kinda reminded me of the Louvre, but not as immense. It did have a some very notable artists as well as some... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

In most cities, the Corcoran Gallery of Art would be a “must see” and no tourist-reviewer would complain about the $10 entrance fee. But in DC, where the nearby monolithic, federally subsidized Smithsonian-system and National Gallery of Art dominate, the much smaller Corcoran can fall to a tertiary position. On October 1, 2014, it closes its doors and the National... More

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Somers, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

There is so much made of the Smithsonian galleries that the Corcoran Gallery can easily be overlooked. The collection of Albert Paley metal sculptures is outstanding as is the collection of priceless art bequeathed by W.A. Clark in 1926. Clark's golden living room has been transported piece by piece to the museum and is a sight to behold.

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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
62 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I think they had two pieces which could be called "art". Children's scribbles (the special exhibition of the day) do not deserve to have an entry fee. The "modern" stuff is awful.

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Chesterland, Ohio
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92 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Corcoran Gallery of Art had both an art school and art gallery until a few weeks ago. It was in difficult financial straits and is just now part of a deal where its art will go to the National Gallery and the school to George Washington University. I don't know enough about finance in the art world to say... More

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Toronto, Canada
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248 reviews 248 reviews
84 attraction reviews
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

In addition to being an art gallery, the Corcoran is also a college of art and design. Thus you will probably see some displays of students’ projects and final exams. Nice building, ho-hum art. Overall, this gallery is overrated and can be left lower on the priority list.

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