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Renwick Gallery

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Address: 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202-357-2700

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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Great View with Large Interactive Pieces

Great large pieces that change are the centerpieces of at least an hour of one of your days in DC. This place was a great surprise that made the afternoon.

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Clermont, Florida
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Clermont, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great large pieces that change are the centerpieces of at least an hour of one of your days in DC. This place was a great surprise that made the afternoon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was lead to believe this was a craft museum, so I was a little surprised - pleasantly, as it turned out - to see a collection of modern pieces that had been developed using some traditional craft techniques. Glass work, textiles, ceramics, etc. This is a nice, small museum, no fee to enter, with free tours. There is both... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Bother the permanent exhibits and the temporary exhibits were wonderful. And the scale of the gallery was just right for a short half-day visit. Highly recommended.

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Cary, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Renwick Gallery is meant for artists that are extremely talented but haven' really made it big...I think. However, talent is taken on any stage and this is a big stage. The gallery showed 3 or 4 artists and it ranged from art with bones from animals, to mud sculptures to glass works. THere was some really interesting work and some... More 

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Howell, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Small modern art museum. It was interesting that the museum had a different artist display in each room on the first floor. Some were so fascinating I couldn't believe that the flowers I saw were all made from bones! Some were ok. Two floors. Free to visit.

Thank HowellHousewife
San Francisco
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum, part of Smithsonian, has modern American art pieces on display. There are car, piano encrusted with concrete like material. Not very knowledgeable of modern art, I missed what these are trying to express. I liked the best is the Greek Slave. It is copied from the original sculpture via 3-D printing. Amazing detail! Glass work pieces are also... More 

Thank Albert C
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A gorgeous building and engaging art works all in one. The museum is part of the Smithsonian and has an interesting history all on its own. Add the really innovative art and exhibits and it is not to be missed. It is off of the main mall, but worth a few extra steps. It is not large, so you don't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This gallery behind the White House is only two floors, but shows the work of innovative and unusual artists. The building is also interesting, with a small gallery showing the reconstruction after Jaqueline Kennedy was instrumental in saving it from destruction.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ended our visit to the White House with a stop into the Renwick Gallery. Two floors of contemporary art that overwhelmed us in terms of colour, material and creativity. Some of the exhibits are amazing in terms of size, drama and colour. Highly recommend this free venue for a taste of great contemporary art.

Thank Citta5
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Near the White House. This small gallery is a visual treat and can be fully toured in an hour or two. Great exhibits.

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