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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 #101 of 249 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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Somers, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
62 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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216 reviews 216 reviews
81 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 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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84 attraction reviews
238 helpful votes 238 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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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We just attended the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen. The stairs, columns, and décor were wonderful. The marriage took place up some stairs in front of us and was magical. The reception and dining areas were beautiful and spacious. The dance floor was huge and close to the dining area but not right on top of it. Check out... More

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Temple, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

There were some old masters hung there which didn't seem to be taken much care of. And then, if strung ping pong balls or video of dancing girl who looked strung out and off the streets is your bag by all means go. But if you are looking for any other kind of art save your money and go to... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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248 reviews 248 reviews
102 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The Corcoran is a fine arts school and a gallery housing a private art collection. The collection is in an impressive two-story building with a neoclassical interior and large, open galleries. The first floor is primarily paintings - painted by mostly 17th-19th Century American, French and Dutch painters (the collection on display rotates, so they may have other paintings at... More

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Usa, Japan
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71 reviews 71 reviews
11 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I enjoyed it, in particular the past exhibit by Alex Prager, Face in the Crowd. I loved it! It's a nice gallery but it depends on the exhibitions, I wouldn't go only to visit the collection.

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Wilson, North Carolina
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126 reviews 126 reviews
39 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

$10 entry is OK for a private gallery, but when the National Portrait Gallery/American Museum of Art is free (part of Smithsonian), I'd go there first. Biggest letdown was hardly any info on the art - generally, just the name/nationality of the artist. Still learning art history, so I've always appreciated more info about pieces and most galleries seem to... More

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

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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