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The Phillips Collection

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Address: 1600 21st St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1003
Phone Number: 202 387 2151
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"Americas First Museum of American Art" boasts a collection of...

"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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Wonderful private collection of modern art in a beautiful venue

Went as was just a few blocks from my Dupont Circle area hotel. The permanent collection (free will admission on weekdays) is in the home of the collectors which is part of the... read more

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went as was just a few blocks from my Dupont Circle area hotel. The permanent collection (free will admission on weekdays) is in the home of the collectors which is part of the treat. Special exhibition of William Merritt Chase (admission) superb. The set of Jacob Lawrence panels on the Great Migration is worth the trip alone. Nice collection of... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Phillips museum is in the home of the collectors of some of the art exhibited here. It is a beautiful venue for the paintings here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

During one of the oppressively hot summer weekends in DC we decided we needed to be in a cool museum. So glad we made this choice! The William Merritt Chase was on exhibit until September 11, 2016 and it was truly amazing. We took a guided tour (free) of the permanent collection and our docent was very knowledgeable and entertaining.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful old building with a nice layout. The art is wonderful and varied. A must when visiting the area.

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Yucaipa, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The NGA and Smithsonian collections provide encyclopedic breadth in art. The Phillips focuses on Impressionists through modern art and does a fine job. Easily accessible from the north exit of the DuPont Circle Metro station, the museum sits among other residences on a quiet street. The modern addition features special exhibits and adjoins the original house which displays the permanent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My mother had wished to see an exhibit she had read about in the Los Angeles Times. Even though there are so many free museums in DC, this one was worth the visit. It is small and quiet with nice collections of art and well staffed to answer questions. Nicely curated gift shop. Lovely area near Embassy Row for walking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not overwhelming like some of the large museums in DC. Terrific place to spend a few hours or entire afternoon. They have regular free talks with very knowledgeable docents. I was impressed by the collection, the staff and the overall layout.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my favorite art museum in DC. The collections are amazing and they always have special exhibits, a great gift shop and lovely cafe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This great museum which specializes in modern art is just a few blocks from Dupont Circle. Excellent permanent collection which was started by Duncan Phillips in his home about a hundred years ago. His home is still part of the museum which has expanded over the years. There is a cafe, gift shop and outdoor patio. Do not miss the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Surprising collection in a beautiful building. Excellent expositions of Dutch artist Karel Appel and William Merritt Chase. The the guide who gave us the 20 minute tour showed us love for the artists in the collection. And the museum café has a perfect and affordable cuisine.

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