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Renwick Gallery

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Neighborhood: National Mall
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Address: 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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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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With less emphasis on craft art, the Renwick has remarkable and really interesting exhibits. The gift shop is specialized but very good choices for the regular tourist.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have no idea what the plan was when they ripped apart this historic and gorgeous gallery, but what a disaster. We can't bear to visit again. It seems like a Frick was stripped and dismantled to become a Tate Modern. Why???! What a shame.

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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

With less emphasis on craft art, the Renwick has remarkable and really interesting exhibits. The gift shop is specialized but very good choices for the regular tourist.

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Morganville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The gallery is quite popular in DC, we had to wait in like for approximately 20 minutes but it was absolutely worth it! Photo-worthy work is displayed inside and its all free!

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Memphis, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Renwick is just across the street from the White House. It houses American Craft exhibitions of the likes that will astound you.

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District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You must go and see the renwick ,it is worth your time. Easy to find and has many interesting and ever changing exhibits

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum across from the White House is part of the Smithsonian Institution and does not charge an admission fee. I don't think many locals even realize this.Its works are primarily American craft and the exhibits are stunning. There is a Chihouly chandelier hanging upstairs which seems to be part of the permanent collection. There is a fun Friday evening... More 

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small museum and the building itself is beautiful, but it's certainly not worth a special trip to go see it. Very small and nothing impressive. They have a somewhat interesting "Wire Network" on the ceiling that is fun to see while lying on the floor.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in for a quick visit and were pleasantly surprised! Admission is free, so there's no down-side to going. The renovated space is beautiful - the new installations and stairway are stunning. The museum wasn't overly crowded and is small enough to "do" in an hour or so.

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Atlanta, Ga
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gallery's beautiful building sparkles. The collection is limited but interesting if you appreciate contemporary art. The main installation in the large hall is stunning. Since it is overhead you can bring a blanket and lie on the floor to admire it, and nap if you like!

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Demarest, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Second time there. Fun museum with quirky modern themes. Rotation of attractions. Easy to see in short time.

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