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Address: 10001 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD
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This private museum is a gem of biblical dimensions. I had never heard of Philip Ratner the artist nor of this museum. Our friends who have lived in Bethesda for years found it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
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baltimore
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51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This private museum is a gem of biblical dimensions. I had never heard of Philip Ratner the artist nor of this museum. Our friends who have lived in Bethesda for years found it almost by accident and wanted to show it to us. Glad they did! Mr. Ratner is an amazing sculptor mainly of Biblical themes (Old testament judaica) but... More 

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

A most "go to" museum. The artist is thought provoking and many times he is actually there. They offer classes and many opportunities to share.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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
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7 attraction reviews
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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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Pittsburgh
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 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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Maryland
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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
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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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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
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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
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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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Address: Address: 10001 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda

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