The Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
"Americas First Museum of American Art" boasts a collection of over 2,500 19th and 20th-century masters, both American and European, including Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, Manet, OKeefe and more.
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  • Brandon K
    Flagstaff, Arizona2,000 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice afternoon museum visit
    This is a smaller museum off the beaten path from the Smithsonians, over in the Dupont Circle area. It is worth a side trip and the $20 admission for an adult. With it being smaller, you don't feel this overwhelming need to keep moving room to room before you run out of time. Yet, at the same time, you can see original art of many modern art masters. Everything from El Greco to Picasso to Monet to Van Gogh. It was actually very nice to have a slow walk of the place and enjoy myself for just part of an afternoon.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 20, 2023
  • TCairl
    Atlanta, Georgia358 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful home, good selection of art
    Interesting collection of art! A lot of variety. Many early 20th and late 19th Century master works as well as some more modern artists. The home (attached to the main entry wing) is beautiful.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, California8,793 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Music in a Sublime Setting
    On this long waited post Covid return to DC, I planned my week to include a concert at this wonderful art establishment. I was already familiar with the collection from my London days, when some of the works were on exhibit at the South Bank Center, inducing the famous Luncheon of the Boating Party. But to visit the museum itself at its home space was a new delight for me. So many works. So little time, on a busy October Sunday. This concert included offerings by pianist Vijay Iyer and The Parker Quartet. The program was diverse, including Mozart, works by Iyer, and a poignant reminder of world events, String Quartet No. 3 by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. The setting and the acoustics were perfect. A delightful autumn afternoon was mine to enjoy. Highly recommend, and book early if you plan to attend, concerts are a hot ticket and sell out.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 5, 2023
  • Urban Explorer
    Toronto, Canada286 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    MAGNIFICENT ART-DON’T MISS THE CAFE
    Yes yes we know about the magnificent collection: A Van Gogh here, Renoir, El Greco, a Diebenkorn, one half of the Jacob Lawrence Migration series (the other half lives at MOMA) and much much more. Because in the old days people who made millions upon millions bought art…and eventually made it available to the rest of us as a museum. And it’s lucky for us they did because it’s a terrific memorable collection. But what you shouldn’t miss is the cafe. I usually stay away from these museum cafes but the food was excellent and the coffee robust. Fairly reasonable considering it’s a museum (pricey but not absurd). The cup of squash soup was bursting with flavour, had a bit of kick, and came with a generous slab of rustic bread. Held us over until dinner. Altogether worth visiting on every trip to DC. The cafe too!
    Visited February 2024
    Written February 21, 2024
  • AnnieBay26
    Guilford, Connecticut4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Miss the Bonnard Exhibit at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C.
    This gem of an exhibition includes many of Bonnard's paintings organized by genre: interiors, landscapes, and images of Marthe in the bathtub. There are echoes of Matisse and Van Gogh, and for bonus, Renoir's "The Boating Party" is on display. A lively discussion ensued when we were there as to the intended focus of the painting. I engaged several of the guards, who were thoughtful and articulate ( I always love to talk to museum guards...). The museum is easy to navigate; if you are an American Alliance of Museum member ( AAM) admission is free. But even if you are not, this small and lovely museum is wonderful. Not to miss. Gift shop is also full of great Bonnard themed gifts....
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 27, 2024
  • VirginiaGal
    Arlington, Virginia278 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely art. Cafe undersized.
    The art is lovely and the space is nice. It was crowded as the Pierre Bonnard exhibit was about to end. Parking can be difficult in this area of DC, but it is near a metro stop. Nice gift shop. Unfortunately, even on a weekday, there was a line out the door for the café. The museum cafe should be expanded. Instead consider dining in the neighborhood. Ukrainian restaurant Cafe D Light is a few blocks away.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 2, 2024
  • drkiki2015
    Washougal, Washington493 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lunch and a wander!
    Always a pleasure to visit this small, boutique museum! And this time, an added pleasure was lunching at their cafe with homemade soup and amazing desserts and a plethora of bowls and salads. It seems a number of older adults make a day of it with lunch and a wander about the museum. This visit focused on the life and work of Cezanne and what it takes to restore older art. But the special exhibits are just a small part of the collection. Based in a older home owned by the Phillips family (as was much of the art), it is an experience in art as well as architecture.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 7, 2024
  • Cavalier1994
    Bethesda, Maryland557 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Modern and Impressionist art in an intimate DC setting!
    Situated in a beautiful DC mansion far from the hustle and bustle of the Smithsonian and steps from DuPont Circle, the Philips Collection is such an integral and unique part of Washington DC’s art scene. I’ve lived in DC for almost 30 years and yesterday was my first trip. I have been missing out in hindsight. The experience is more like walking through someone’s home than a museum. With few docents and no cumbersome ropes and with a no flash policy, the museum trusts you to be a conscientious visitor. The museum focuses mainly on impressionist and modern art which provides focus. Rarely do you see several pieces by the same artist - a broad group is represented here by the likes of Renoir, Picasso, Goya, Bonnard, Matisse, Rodin. And there is a host of works by American artists here as well. At the time of my visit, the Up Close with Paul Cezanne temporary exhibit is being held and it provides much insight into this master and his landscapes, and educated us through the museum’s conservation efforts. Not to be missed is the Migration series by Lawrence. You also can’t miss Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party! Museum shop is well stocked, street parking is limited, and there is a vibrant cafe serving yummy sandwiches and selling fresh bread. Don’t miss the outdoor courtyard and the music room. I can’t wait to see what else the museum has to offer! Admission is $20 (kids 18 and under are free) and first tier membership is $75.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2024
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PeterKatie B
Mitchellville, MD2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
If you can get here by June 12, 2022, you can see a wonderful and comprehensive overview of early Picasso, focussing on his "Blue Period" but drifting forward and backward through adjacent years. Mostly paintings (a "greatest hits" selection), with some related material from others, have been assembled to give us an entrée to Paris in the first decade of the 20th century. The museum, celebrating it's 100th anniversary as America's first museum of modern art, highlights Duncan Phillips' discerning eye as a collector. His purchases tend to be best of their kind, including Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. The museum is in two parts, Phillips' original house and an added three-story extension, attractively connected. Cost for Adult entry: $16
Written April 7, 2022
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI1,071 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Check The Phillips Collection off the bucket list! On past visits to DC, with and without kids, we always focused on the National Mall and the Smithsonian museums. It's only been in the past few years that I've come to know about some of the hidden gems in and around our nation's capitol. The Phillips is one of them!! Duncan Phillips and his mother Eliza and then his wife Marjorie put together a fabulous art collection, housed in their home as a way to honor his father Duncan Sr. and his brother Jim. This is one fabulous house art museum (with a couple of additions through the years). For me, Renoir's The Luncheon of the Boating Party is the piece de resistance!! Add in works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Degas, Van Gogh, Braques, and so many other "modern" artists of the day. It is quite a collection that is a pleasure to see displayed throughout the 1897 house and the 1907 Music Room. When we visited, they were hosting the Picasso: Painting the Blue Period exhibition, which garnered much interest. Not a huge Picasso fan, but I still found the exhibition interesting and extensive. To gain entry, we had to reserve our timed tickets; special exhibits included in the ticket price. If you drive to the museum, be forewarned that parking on the street can be difficult to find, and meters are generally for only two hours.
Written May 26, 2022
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lalocadr19
Falls Church, VA6,743 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Ohhh what a treat. If you art lover, this is the place to go. If you do no have a car or transportation is a easy walk from DuPont station.

The museum is open Tuesday-sunday which is amazing for anyone to go. Prices varies from $16 adult entrance to Senior $12.00, kids $10.00, children 5 and over are free. As you enter the museum you greeted by friendly staff.

I started in the 3rd floor which offer the most amazing artist such as Picasso, Monet,Vicent van Gogh, Martha Pérez García, Tobi khan, William Merritt Chase to name a few. The exhibition is amazing to see. Once in a life time is a must. Highly recommended.

If you have a car there street parking available also by meter or neighborhood.
Written May 24, 2022
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HeaveNEarth
Fairfax, VA223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We had timed entry tickets for weekend in May. This is our first visit after reopening of the museum. We were pleasantly surprised. The direction arrows on the floor were well thought out and I actually liked the way it flowed. They moved a lot of paintings all over the place and pleasantly so. Your Number 1 Renior - "Luncheon" is on Ground floor in other building, You will know when you get there. Both of Edward Hopper's paintings came out and were displayed in a same room, including "Sunday". All Bonnard, Van Gogh and Degas are out in full force with many new "modern" works. Placements of these artworks encompass the periods, which I thought very interesting. No complaint. Very Nice. Just following the arrows on the floor and visiting an expanded gift shop (cafe is closed and the cafe space is used by the gift shop), it took us about an hour and forty minutes. A must visit whether you paid or free.
Written May 8, 2021
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I visited The Phillips Collection in October 2021. I bought a timed-entry ticket online. There are two buildings - the GOH Annex / SANT Building and the Phillips House. I focused my visit on the second floor of the Phillips House which is full of excellent paintings. The star is Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. I also saw paintings by Van Gogh, Degas, Cezanne, Matisse, Klee, Kandinsky. I skipped the other floors because it was mostly modern art and I am not that interested in modern art. The visit took about an hour and the museum also has a nice gift shop. The Phillips Collection is located about one block (5 minutes walking) from Dupont Circle.
Written October 16, 2021
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sharkisland
Honolulu258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
On a recent trip we visited the Phillips Collection, down the street from our hotel in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. It features many nice works, including a Mark Rothko room. There's a variety of electic pieces, modern and traditional. The coffee shop and museum book store are also worth the visit. Its manageable and can be visited in half a day. A nice change from the crowds on the mall.

Worth more than one visit.
Written January 7, 2020
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AnnieBay26
Guilford, CT4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This gem of an exhibition includes many of Bonnard's paintings organized by genre: interiors, landscapes, and images of Marthe in the bathtub. There are echoes of Matisse and Van Gogh, and for bonus, Renoir's "The Boating Party" is on display. A lively discussion ensued when we were there as to the intended focus of the painting. I engaged several of the guards, who were thoughtful and articulate ( I always love to talk to museum guards...). The museum is easy to navigate; if you are an American Alliance of Museum member ( AAM) admission is free. But even if you are not, this small and lovely museum is wonderful. Not to miss. Gift shop is also full of great Bonnard themed gifts....
Written April 27, 2024
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kile m
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
So many wonderful art works to check in this collection. They have both temporary and permanent collections. The Picasso temporary collection is magnificent. Picasso Blue period art works are breathtaking, full of hidden layers and meanings. We took our kids with us. Both the teenager and the 8 year old son enjoyed a lot specifically the sculptures section.
Written August 23, 2022
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ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
The intimate size of the museum coupled with the thoughtful descriptions and wondrous works make for a delightful diversion at the Phillips Collection. A visit to the Sculpture Garden in Hamilton NJ whet my appetite to see Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party in 2D vs 3D. The setting for the painting is in the mansion wing. Many other modern artists adorn the walls moving you to other worlds. Seeing a more impressionistic self portrait by Mondrian alongside his very modern cubist lines and squares was revealing of his character. There are some light moments by exhibiting both the Honore Daumier painting The Uprising and in another room an Oliphant drawing Homage to Daumier of the same painting showing the strength of Daumier’s brush to include onlookers.
Written June 23, 2021
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Cavalier1994
Bethesda, MD557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Situated in a beautiful DC mansion far from the hustle and bustle of the Smithsonian and steps from DuPont Circle, the Philips Collection is such an integral and unique part of Washington DC’s art scene. I’ve lived in DC for almost 30 years and yesterday was my first trip. I have been missing out in hindsight. The experience is more like walking through someone’s home than a museum. With few docents and no cumbersome ropes and with a no flash policy, the museum trusts you to be a conscientious visitor. The museum focuses mainly on impressionist and modern art which provides focus. Rarely do you see several pieces by the same artist - a broad group is represented here by the likes of Renoir, Picasso, Goya, Bonnard, Matisse, Rodin. And there is a host of works by American artists here as well. At the time of my visit, the Up Close with Paul Cezanne temporary exhibit is being held and it provides much insight into this master and his landscapes, and educated us through the museum’s conservation efforts. Not to be missed is the Migration series by Lawrence. You also can’t miss Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party! Museum shop is well stocked, street parking is limited, and there is a vibrant cafe serving yummy sandwiches and selling fresh bread. Don’t miss the outdoor courtyard and the music room. I can’t wait to see what else the museum has to offer! Admission is $20 (kids 18 and under are free) and first tier membership is $75.
Written June 17, 2024
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