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Renwick Gallery

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Address: 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: +1 202-357-2700
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A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s...

A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s architectural design of the building itself.

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Really, Really Good Things Do Come In Small Packages!

The Renwick Gallery houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art and it is a gem! A small footprint, but an outstanding... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Porter, Texas
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Porter, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Renwick Gallery houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art and it is a gem! A small footprint, but an outstanding concept and some really cool exhibits. The RG is located on Pennsylvania Av. kind of caddy-corner from the White House, so, you get up and out of Museum Row on the Mall. A... More 

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Tunisia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A unique gallery in the midst of the historically rich Washington DC, the Renwick Gallery is a great place for interactive/ 3D art. With seasonal expositions, it will always keep you on your toes to see what next they have in store.

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Having toured/spent considerable time in all the usual Washington DC sites, we had waited until the Renwick reopened before heading down there. What a lovely surprise. We took the 12 noon tour with Judy. Highly recommended! We learned so much and enjoyed every minute of it.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the great pleasures and surprises of DC. It has such original and truly creative shows. Half of the time you stand there and wonder 'Who could have thought of this?"

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ramhash
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such creativity under one roof! The purposely "broken" pottery, the net on the ceiling with changing lights, go visit!

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Jordan, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was not a great museum. Most of the exhibits were frankly, just not that interesting, It was very crowded and moving around such a crowded space was not the best time. In all honesty, there are so many other museums in the area that are far more interesting than broken pottery and some unusual ironworks. It took a short... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

but unfortunately I don't. I was tricked by the description on their web site that the museum "focuses on American craft and decorative arts from the 19th to the 21st century." I didn't see anything there older than about 1960. I don't get why a rusty car , or broken urns from 2009, are considered art. If you get it,... More 

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North Ferrisburg, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This craft museum is part of the Smithsonian; interesting pieces of art; many different material; Fascination piece exploring the population of the world;

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A quite different art experience. They feature works]s by artists not that well known and using materials/methods uncommon to all but the most discerning (owhich I am decidedly not), but the docent was great - opened doors to ideas I would have totally missed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum was awesome. The employees called it a craft museum but this is no arts and crafts museum. The display of the glass hanging from the ceiling with the population changes by Viviano along with the glass cities in Texas and Massachusetts were beautiful and intriguing. The clay exhibit of the Monopoly game and toys, piano and cat were... More 

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