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Renwick Gallery

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A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s architectural design of the building itself.
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17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I'll start off by saying that while I love art I dont consider myself an artsy person. This museum was definitely interesting and a little "out there". Very very contemporary. It was free, crowd free and serene. National gallery of art both traditional and contemporary...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I last visited the Renwick for the Burning Man exhibit. Really excellent temporary show. Right across from the White House, the location is iconic. The space inside is respite from the fuss outside. I've seen many exhibits here - they are always well-curated and informative....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank marcain
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with a friend to see the burning man exhibit. We had a great time. We went during the week and used spot hero to find parking. Wonderful gallery

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Momdemac
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this new addition to the museum scene in DC. I've been to virtually all of the Smithsonians and this is by far the most different. The wait was a bit because we went when it opened, so that should be better now. Definitely check...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sedalem88
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thank you for bringing a taste of the Burning Man to DC! Unforgettable experience! Every piece, every sign was interesting, it brings another dimension to art, a different concept and a living one as well!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Peggy W
Reviewed January 13, 2019

I have seen two of the interactive exhibits at the Renwick and I am about to embark on my third. I have noticed that it is nice to go through at your own pace and everything is well put together. The building itself is historical...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

I went for the Burning Man Exhibit out of curiosity. It's a decent exhibit, if you haven't been to Burning Man. If you have been it's probably not worth a special trip. The current first floor exhibit Disrupting Craft on the other hand is worth...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

While the first floor exhibits left us feeling unimpressed, the entire upstairs was a spiritual experience we shall take with us forever. The entire room that was transformed into an intricately carved wooden temple is beyond mere words to aptly describe its significance and utter...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

Interesting exhibits of modern art. Clever variety. Nice change from other Smithsonian museums. Burning Man exhibit was fascinating.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Letsg0m0m
Reviewed December 27, 2018

In a beautifully preserved building, by the White House. Saw amazing exhibit on Burning Man Festival, plus exhibits of four emerging craft artists. Free as it is a Smithsonian Gallery.

Date of experience: December 2018
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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
January 12, 2018|
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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
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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Michelle G
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Please share thoughts on itinerary (15 Replies)
Day 1: Arrive in evening, check in. Spend a couple hours at National Portrait Gallery. Eat in Penn Quarter Day 2: 8am Arlington Cemetery, then eat 11:45 Archives Musuem (timed ticket) 1:00 or 2:00 Holocaust Museum (will see permanent exhibits if able to get same day tickets) Nighttime: monument tour Day 3: 9:00am Capitol Tour (booked with congress) Eat 12:15 Supreme Court tour (booked) 2:30 Library of Congress (self tour) 4:00-7:00 Air and Space Day 4: Georgetown for...More
May 05, 2016|
Response fromvictoria m|
Pretty busy, but basically do-able. Newseum needs at least 6 hours (which is why you get a 2 day ticket.) Check the Renwick website - the current exhibition "Wonder" closes on May 8 and I'm not sure what will be there when you visit.
Michelle G
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Renwick Gallery: Still worth the visit? (5 Replies)
i understand that a large part of the Wonder Exhibit is gone and they are in the process of installing something new. Is it still worth visiting this month?
May 18, 2016|
Response fromlonghorn74|
I've seen the Wonder exhibition twice and I think some of the best installation pieces are still on display. Admission is free so all you are out is some time if you don't like it, but I think you will..