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Renwick Gallery

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17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-357-2700
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A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s architectural design of the building itself.
  • Excellent71%
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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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Reviewed yesterday

Went to see the Burning Man show. I used to go there in the late 90ies and early 00s, and as they say "it was never as good as it was the year before". Still, many unforgetable memories. A museum installation is not, even remotely,...More

Thank kaioatey
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Reviewed 4 days ago

One of the most fun museums in DC, especially if you love modern art and art you can interact with. Get your insta ready!

Thank Genevieve P
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The building is Wonderful- the Exhibits were Free - the history & story about Burning Man is interesting and the exhibits helped you feel like you had actually visited the Event- from display cases and Interactives for the Children- something for Everybody-

Thank Jeffrey L
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed exhibition, gives a sense of freedom, amazing huge wire sculpture of woman, expanding mushrooms, memory Hall; free entry, very accessible, tx curators

Thank Markblecher
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An old two story mansion close to the White House was converted to a contemporary art museum. It is part of the Smithsonian, hence free. Right now, they are showing a great exhibit on the art that is part of The Burning Man. They have...More

Thank drichrx
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I think this quirky Burning Man exhibit is their first since reopening. Fun, but this is such an odd event. Must be a lot of hallucinogens used. Some excellent costumes, pieces.

Thank Chuck S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As I arrived at the Renwick Gallery, I could tell something was up because there were police everywhere and the streets were closed. The suddenly, about 15 meters away from me, there was the Presidential motorcade as it swooped into the White House grounds! That...More

Thank jameskul
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first time in the Renwick Gallery, and it was wonderful. The current exhibit is from last year's Burning Man. The art is distinct and different, with a quiet space/temple made of laser cut wood (so it looks lacy) all over the walls...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Renwick Gallery building is a piece of art in itself. It also has very good exhibits. I saw one on miniatures made by an expert in helping the police by recreating crime scenes. Presently they are showing ~The Art of the Burning Man~, with...More

Thank Mônica S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Renwick is great fun--a great way to balance out the neighborhood with the White House within sight. I've never been to the Burning Man festival, but this museum offers a glimpse into the experience with items that have either been there or are inspired...More

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Eudora50
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
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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
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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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