Renwick Gallery
Renwick Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s architectural design of the building itself.
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Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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  • Farragut West • 4 min walk
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  • Jydeoo
    Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Captivating Experience.
    At the suggestion of my friend, I revisited the Renwick Gallery, and I was in for a surprise. The artworks on display were entirely different from my previous visit, and I found myself captivated. My friend had told me that one could spend an hour admiring a single piece due to its intricacies and beauty. I found this to be quite true. Whether you have limited time or the whole day to spare, I wholeheartedly recommend a stop at the Renwick Gallery. It serves as a fantastic complement to visiting nearby attractions such as the President's Park, the White House, or even the World Bank. Although the gallery space is quite small with just about 10 hall spaces, the content is quite rich and offers an enriching experience to visitors. Also, apparently, the artworks on display are regularly changed. So it is good for repeat visits.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written August 29, 2023
  • ClaraTim
    London, United Kingdom102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't overlook this hidden gem
    Recommended by staff at the National Gallery of Art, the Renwick had a beautifully curated selection of craft-based artists and we hugely enjoyed our visit. It's a beautiful space, not overwhelming huge and easy to navigate, which helped our Art Textiles-studying 14yr old who was a bit museum'd out by day 3... Stunning, impactful quilts, fabrics and ceramics, with compelling stories behind them.
    Written September 7, 2023
  • MominOC
    Orange County, California5,098 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely venue a short distance from the White House
    The exhibition areas are very small yet are well organized. It will not take a lot of time (about 1hr) even when reading each placard and watching each video. Upstairs did not appeal to me and it felt mostly message oriented not artistic - just my opinion. Downstairs was wonderful and interesting. Read less
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 1, 2023
  • Erin H
    99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my favorite museums in DC- and I've been living here for 20 years!
    This is always been one of my favorite museums, and after they renovated it about 12 to 15 years ago, they have really modernized the interior, and have created some amazing exhibits. I love the fact that it's very small and easy to see and probably an hour or less. The Renwick gallery actually started out either as the first Museum devoted to American art or the first art museum in Washington. Either way, the museum itself has a very strong Legacy. Because it's part of the Smithsonian it's free, and it's an excellent place for both kids and adults. Last time I was there I took my daughter who was two at the time and she loved it! They have an exceptional gift shop where you can find some specially crafted art and unique items which are also functional. So I would advise anybody who wants to see an amazing Museum and happens to be near the White House, this is right across the street and of little to no commitment.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 8, 2024
  • SHB
    Burlington, Vermont86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem; Respite from the Chaos
    A wonderful small museum. I love the emphasis on empathetic connections between artists and materials. My family of 5 spent 90 minutes here and left feeling we learned a lot, had visceral experiences, and were calmer than when we entered (unlike other museums). Bravo.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 3, 2024
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ServiceDog2014
New York City, NY67 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
The Renwick has always been a favorite museum for American Craft. I have visited often since it opened in 1972. But my experience today was less than pleasant. The guard at the door was very disrespectful and not informed with respect to the ADA. After waiting in line 6 feet distanced, he stopped me before I entered and saw that my service dog was NOT welcome, “only medical dogs were permitted.” I tried to explain to him that my small service dog is a medical alert dog and qualifies under the ADA. He told me “don’t be so smart.” I offered a copy of the law which I carry on my phone. The “know it all refused” insisting he was right and it was “his” museum. I did not want a confrontation but stood my ground. I was exhausted and no longer in a frame of mind to enjoy the closing day of the glass exhibit after all of that. He finally agreed to let me in as he should under the law but demanded I not return. Then the woman checking bags was clearly afraid of my 3 lb service dog so she searched between every dollar bill in my wallet, asked that I turn my eyeglass case inside out, etc. Regardless of how beautiful the exhibit is, it’s not worth having to put up with this kind of harassing treatment which is a clear violation of the ADA. So if you have a disability that requires a service dog, I do NOT recommend this museum.
Written March 6, 2022
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Khoi N
Washington DC, DC2,402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
One of my favorite gallery’s in the area. Free admission and plenty of street parking. There’s always a new exhibit every couple of months. Usually takes around 30-60 minutes to navigate throughout the gallery. Highly recommend going early on the weekends as it does get packed. No reservations needed and all bags are searched at the entrance. Sanitizing stations located on each floor and masks required
Written January 31, 2022
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Alan S
London, UK105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We wandered in to Renwick almost by accident and were thrilled we did - a really beautiful museum and easy to enjoy - particularly impressed with the Michael Sherrill ceramic exhibits. Unaware of him before this visit, his work is really gorgeous.
A nice place to spend a few hours out of the city. Highly recommended.
Written January 11, 2020
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JNYCwriter
New York City, NY6,856 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Tucked just steps away from the White House the Renwick Gallery is a gem of creativity. Outside you may find many protests and tourists, but inside the gallery creates artistic exhibits that very depending on the show. The gallery building is interestIng to walk in by itself. It is not so much a traditional paint canvas gallery but focused on exhibits.
Written February 6, 2020
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Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo


At the suggestion of my friend, I revisited the Renwick Gallery, and I was in for a surprise. The artworks on display were entirely different from my previous visit, and I found myself captivated.

My friend had told me that one could spend an hour admiring a single piece due to its intricacies and beauty. I found this to be quite true.

Whether you have limited time or the whole day to spare, I wholeheartedly recommend a stop at the Renwick Gallery. It serves as a fantastic complement to visiting nearby attractions such as the President's Park, the White House, or even the World Bank. Although the gallery space is quite small with just about 10 hall spaces, the content is quite rich and offers an enriching experience to visitors.

Also, apparently, the artworks on display are regularly changed. So it is good for repeat visits.
Written August 29, 2023
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nycmom22
New York City, NY3,151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
The first purpose-built museum building in the US. Two floors of exhibits. Security staff is lovely.

Note carpet up the front stairs.

Imaginative exhibits of wood, ceramic, glass, woven material, etc.

I love it.

Free.

You need only an hour.

Near The White House and Washington Monument.

Washington is one of the top museum cities in the US and the best if one counts price.
Written December 27, 2022
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ClaraTim
London, UK102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Recommended by staff at the National Gallery of Art, the Renwick had a beautifully curated selection of craft-based artists and we hugely enjoyed our visit. It's a beautiful space, not overwhelming huge and easy to navigate, which helped our Art Textiles-studying 14yr old who was a bit museum'd out by day 3... Stunning, impactful quilts, fabrics and ceramics, with compelling stories behind them.
Written September 7, 2023
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Joan C
Reserve, NM874 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We went here twice on our visit. It's free. The current exhibits are intricate, moving, and just plain gorgeous. It's a place where I could easily spend hours and hours absorbing what is in there. There are many ceramic pieces, wood pieces, and textile arts. Really something for everyone. It's basically in an old mansion and each room is a differently themed exhibit. In May, 2022 there are many pieces created by women and people of color, expressing varying experiences of life in the USA. Highly recommend.
Written May 15, 2022
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BOWSERZ
Atlanta, GA73 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Took an entire 5 minutes to go through this pathetic 2 story museum/gallery. Each floor had maybe 4 rooms on each level with maybe 1 to 2 pieces of alleged art in each room. The only piece there which could even be considered art was the bench made up of old garden tools outside the gift shop. When we walked in, we asked the security guard where the classic pieces were and his comment was, "you sure you are at the right place?". We thought he may have been joking but he wasn't..
Save yourself the time and skip this Smithsonian embarrassment.. If you want to see some true art, The National Art Gallery is where you want to go..
Written July 7, 2023
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Shelton5765
Hartselle, AL295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I've been to DC countless times for work and vacation. This was the first time I've visited this gallery. It's just down the street from the White House. It is small, but that is one of the best things about it. There are many great museums in DC. Sometimes the scale of them are overwhelming. This gallery gives you great exhibits, but on a scale that allows you to spent time on each item without feeling the need to rush through to see the entire thing. We were able to contemplate the art in a relaxed setting. I give this gallery extremely high marks.
Written October 13, 2021
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