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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
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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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A Fun Art Exhibit

I've visited DC many times but had never been here. I visited on a beastly hot day. It was so cool inside. The gallery recently reopened after a renovation. There's a dramatic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've visited DC many times but had never been here. I visited on a beastly hot day. It was so cool inside. The gallery recently reopened after a renovation. There's a dramatic LED light sculpture hanging over the main stairs. I stood for 5 minutes just watching the lights flash on and off. The art was by American artists, many... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This glorious art museum could be empty and still worth the trip and time to visit. Truly stunning architecture and a marvelously curated story of what it took to save this treasure from a wrecking ball. We happened to meet the director/curator of the museum and he delivered an impassioned description of the museum and made us feel like honored... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth it for the architecture alone -- the old and the new blended beautifully -- a fantastic collection and wth a renovation underway it should be even nicer come late September --

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This historic gallery was started by Mr. Corcoran to highlight American artists when the Europeans were receiving so many accolades. He selected a location next to the White House so it would receive more attention. The building is beautiful and was saved by Jackie Kennedy from demolition. It is free to the public has the most beautiful and some funky... More 

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Brigantine, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We just happened upon this when it was newly opened. Such a treat. Very interesting and unique displays of art. We could have used more time but it was closing. We enjoyed the videos of the artists describing their creative process and producing their pieces. Look forward to returning.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The temporary exhibit was awesome for little ones & adults alike! I wish it was permanent but it wasn't. Some of it was interactive & small enough to not exhaust the littles!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located in a gorgeous building, this gallery, part of the Smithsonian institution, is a gem of modern art. It's small enough to cover in a short visit without being fatigued but interesting enough to inspire and make you think. My favorite was the installation of Janet Echelman's 1.8, which is an enormous shifting "sculpture" made out of twine (I believe),... More 

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

just the building alone is beautiful! The room where you lay down is mesmerizing. all the other artwork is so unique and original. the chandelier in the entrance is gorgeous.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

loved this museum!!! exhibits are unique and interesting....would come back again and again.....close to the White House and a good spot to explore....

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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

one of the best small museums ever, very nice exhibit and well worth the visit , set up is perfect to view even with a short amount of time, nice to not get overwhelmed by so much to look at, nice collection of a varying collection of very interesting item, nice collection , spend the time to go view you... More 

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