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Ratner Museum

10001 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD
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Ranked #7 of 17 Attractions in Bethesda
Type: Art Museums
Most recent review
- May 24, 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The Ratner is a special experience and changes often enough to keep coming back. Worth a visit if you have never been.

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Bethesda, Maryland
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This is a wonderful museum in the Bethesda area. It features work of local artists, among other things. The art is wonderful and the museum is a gem. Sadly, it was damaged by rain and will be open in about 4 months. It is truly worth it to patronize this jewel.

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The main museum suffered extensive water damage in January 2014 from burst water pipes. A few items were relocated to the carriage house where we saw them in March 2014 but that collection is insignificant compared to what must be housed in the main museum. Before you go, call them four hours and availability. You can also check their website... More

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The artist that owns the museum is most known for the sculpture at the Statue of Liberty. Included in the museum, is some of his work (Jewish related) and a rotation of art from local artists. Small, but nice.

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Bethesda, Maryland
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Small intimate gallery with free parking. Permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with an educational component.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This Mister Ratner must be a very happy guy. He's a prolific artist, painter and sculptor, and he's gotten his very own museum! I had not heard about him before, but now I do recognize some of his works now in other public settings. Even if they are not first-rate, there is a joy and dynamic in his artworks that's... More

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

This place may be small by comparison to the heavy-hitters in downtown DC, but the purpose makes a big statement: to glorify God through contemporary art. Philip Ratner brushes off the beloved Old Testament characters and gives them a modern, sometimes whimsical, deeply symbolic, look that keeps you exploring the piece. In addition, there are many textile and needlepoint pieces... More

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College Park, Md
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

You have to know where this museum is located. We must have driven by it a hundred times before we finally stopped. There are some lovely sculptures and I loved the fact that children are welcome. It has been some time since our last visit but I seem to remember a room specifically for children to try their hands at... More

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Damascus, Maryland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

I can't believe that I have lived in the DC Metro area forever, and I did not know about this gem. The museum is located in Bethesda Md. Admission is free. The lower level features a rotating display of art from many local artists, and the upper gallery feature the works of Philip Ratner. Mr. Ratner's sculptures depicting Biblical people... More

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