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“pretty cool Gallery” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Renwick Gallery

Renwick Gallery
17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560 (National Mall)
202-357-2700
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Ranked #71 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s architectural design of the building itself.
Rocky River, Ohio
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“pretty cool Gallery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We were just hopping around looking for things to do down in DC.(not that there's a shortage) We just ventured in. It wasn't too terrible I enjoyed the works that were there and shot some pics. Def not as exciting as say the history museum but definately worth a look.

Visited March 2012
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“Current 40 under 40 exhibit excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Current exhibit highlights artisans under 40. Lots of creativity. Video display of each artist enables the viewer to learn more about each artist. Worth the visit

Visited September 2012
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Rockville, Maryland
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“Always great displays and showings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

This is a small and free treasure for anyone who like artisan work. The special shows always have things of interest.

Visited September 2012
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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“This museum is a gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

The museum is small, the building is lovely and the arts and crafts that are displayed are unique. I always come away from the Renwick Gallery in awe of the creators of the work.

Visited February 2012
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“Don't miss this small museum in 2012”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

I read in my Frommer's book that the Renwick will be closed for renovations in 2013. This helped prompt us to make sure we visited.

Unike many of the other Smithsonian venues, this is a small, intimate space which focuses on the art of craft. The current exhibition celebrates the Renwick's 40th year with a temporary exhibit, "40 Under 40." The works were so imaginative and often thought-provoking.

The Grand Salon is very beautiful, and shows paintings from the early 1900s tightly grouped together. There is an excellent guide available so you can read short bios of the artists.

The other rooms have pieces from the permanent collection of craft, which had some of the most stunning work I've seen in a long time.

The gift shop is top-notch, with many affordable pieces by various artists.

The Renwick was definitely a highlight of our trip!

Visited August 2012
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