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Renwick Gallery

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A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s architectural design of the building itself.
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17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited with several friends on a Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit and the building itself. Either take the Metro or go onto Spot Hero and get a parking space in the garage diagonally across the street.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stellar art museum with a social commentary. The temporary Burning Man exhibit on the second floor was well done, interactive and fascinating! This locale is within eyesight of the White House and other DC monuments. Great location, free—superb!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Renwick always has very different exhibits and Burning Man was one of them. Renwick is a beautiful museum and if you want different go there.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There's some interesting stuff here - but worth the hour or two it takes to go through it. The prayer room (with all of the wood) was really neat.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ryan H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another Smithsonian Museum. I found the Temple Room to be beautiful (wish people could follow directions and parent their children though), the Burning Man exhibit was very interesting as well as the illuminated spheres. The Chandelier above the stairwell was lovely. And there were bells/chimes...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The building is beautiful and the staff is helpful and friendly. I was not interested in anything else in this museum. The art on display while I visited was very dark in nature. Maybe at a different time the art would be more interesting, but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my favorite Smithsonian. It is two floors in a historic building near the White House that can easily be seen in an hour or 90 minutes. The museum features special exhibits in modern sculpture and structures.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The art gallery is located opposite the White House, hence it is quite convenient to visit it after visiting the White House. The gallery exhibits the high art of American crafts, some of which are quite mind blowing for me, esp. the crystal installation &...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The wooden temple inside is so intricate and beautiful. It is very peaceful. You can leave a wooden card in remembrance of someone you lost, I left a note for my sister in her memory. The modern exhibit with the light up active statues, and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't know much about Burning Man until I visited the Renwick on a whim between meetings one day. Very informative and the Museum itself is in a great old building (used to be the Patent Office). Right across the street from the White House...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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I totally agree with lynn p in regards to her disappointment due to lack of crowd control at the "Murder Is Her Hobby" exhibit during busy times. I drove from Albany to see this exhibit. Fortunately, I arrived fairly early and was able to see most of the first room of the exhibit. But then the crowds became so unbearable that I just took photos of the crime stories so I could use those and the virtual reality views on the Renwick's site to see the rest. My suggestions would be for the exhibit to have a path guests should follow so everyone will stay in a line and not cut in in front of people who have been waiting longer to see each nutshell. I also think their should either be signs or docents present that urge guests to keep their viewing time politely short. I waited 15 minutes to try to see an exhibit that the group surrounding it decided to dominate while they tried to solve the crime. I just gave up after that... The museum could and SHOULD control that. This is a fabulous exhibit and it's very sad not to be able to see it all due to visitors who do not respect others sharing the space.
January 22, 2018|
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Response from bella1000 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it was crowded but everybody took their turn & were respectful of those waiting. I don't think the intent of the exhibition is to actually solve the scenes so that may cause a problem if visitors seek to dominate the... More
January 12, 2018|
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Response from pookala | Reviewed this property |
I think both days will be relatively busy. Your best bet I think will be to go early in the day when they open. And don't be afraid to jump around from piece to piece. There's no order really so if one of the 'scenes' is... More
April 30, 2017|
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Response from bethydollar | Reviewed this property |
No there are not wheelchairs available. There is an elevator. The only thing I have a hesitation about is the entrance. I would say to contact the museum for an accessible entrance.
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Michelle G
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Please share thoughts on itinerary (15 Replies)
Day 1: Arrive in evening, check in. Spend a couple hours at National Portrait Gallery. Eat in Penn Quarter Day 2: 8am Arlington Cemetery, then eat 11:45 Archives Musuem (timed ticket) 1:00 or 2:00 Holocaust Museum (will see permanent exhibits if able to get same day tickets) Nighttime: monument tour Day 3: 9:00am Capitol Tour (booked with congress) Eat 12:15 Supreme Court tour (booked) 2:30 Library of Congress (self tour) 4:00-7:00 Air and Space Day 4: Georgetown for...More
May 05, 2016|
Response fromvictoria m|
Pretty busy, but basically do-able. Newseum needs at least 6 hours (which is why you get a 2 day ticket.) Check the Renwick website - the current exhibition "Wonder" closes on May 8 and I'm not sure what will be there when you visit.
Michelle G
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Renwick Gallery: Still worth the visit? (5 Replies)
i understand that a large part of the Wonder Exhibit is gone and they are in the process of installing something new. Is it still worth visiting this month?
May 18, 2016|
Response fromlonghorn74|
I've seen the Wonder exhibition twice and I think some of the best installation pieces are still on display. Admission is free so all you are out is some time if you don't like it, but I think you will..