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Renwick Gallery

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Address: 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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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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What great museum. Very creative exhibits. Very small museum which makes it perfect. Not overwhelming.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Bangor, Maine
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Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What great museum. Very creative exhibits. Very small museum which makes it perfect. Not overwhelming.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very lovely building to see from the outside. When we got here it was closed, so we could only take pictures from the outside but it was very beautiful. Both my husband and I loved it.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Renwick Gallery has been closed for over a year, pending renovation. This was my first opportunity to visit the renovated gallery. The good news is that the facility itself is now clean and attractive. The bad news is that the renovation ignored the fact that the Renwick was originally designed as the "American Louvre"--a French classic from the late... More 

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably others with more expertise would appreciate the exhibits here more than I did. But I found that about 20 minutes was more than enough time to see everything I wanted to see here. If one of your goals is to see all of the smithsonian museums (as was mine), then definitely stop by. But now that I have done... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the largest gallery, but filled with eye-catching pieces. Located right behind the White House, it's located in central location that makes it easy to pop in for a quick browse. I particularly liked the ghost clock, which is located on the second floor.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the gallery this past September. I was really looking forward to it since it covers contemporary modern crafts which is an interest of mine. Very unusual objects, my favorite was a weaving that covered the whole room. There were less objects than I would expect in the galleries so I was disappointed in the amount of art. The... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Renwick is a lovely gallery that houses a collection of contemporary American craft art. It is part of the Smithsonian Institute and so the admission is free. Doors are open 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM daily. Fun fact, the Renwick was the first building built in the U.S. with the express purpose of being an art museum. The museum... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Renwick Gallery is a must if you are an art fan. I was traveling with family and was lucky enough to have found accommodations within walking distance to the Renwick. We visited the Renwick the day we arrived as I had heard raving reviews about the exhibition. All the hype was not without validity. As you walk from one... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small gallery with an eclectic display of modern art set in a beautiful building. The Gallery is thoughtfully laid out so you have space to look at the individual works. Take time to read the information panel about each work (especially The Ghost Clock). However what made our visit unforgettable was the input of Judith, a docent... More 

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Ile de Noirmoutier, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It has nice art but you go to see the architecture of the building. It is magnificent in its structure, It is convenient located by the White House.

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