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“Late opening on Thursdays”

The Phillips Collection
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Owner description: "Americas First Museum of American Art" boasts a collection of over 2,500 19th and 20th-century masters, both American and European, including Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, Manet, OKeefe and more.
Somerset, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Late opening on Thursdays”
Reviewed November 4, 2011

As we arrived in the city late afternoon on a thursday we wanted to visit somewhere from the guidebook that evening and this was the only place that had late opening. We could walk there from our hotel and it was a pleasant way to spend an hour after a long transatlantic flight.

Visited September 2011
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Experience of a lifetime, art that reaches into your heart...”
Reviewed November 1, 2011

An amazing collection presented at a human scale, this place really captured my heart. I highly recommend a visit to anyone who enjoys beautiful visual experiences. Plan a bit longer than you would expect, by the end, I had toured the entire gallery three times, revisiting rooms in a different order and lingering in the Rothko and Klee rooms. The piece de resistance of course is Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. I have seen many renditions of this famous work but nothing prepared me for the impact of this masterpiece in person. It filled me with joy. And the paintings collected in that room are incredible, they rival the top floor of the Mussee D'Orsay for you impressionist lovers out there. And that is my favorite museum in the world. Go, you will enjoy. Thank you Phillips Collection, for a wonderful experience.

Visited October 2011
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Hagerstown Maryland
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56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A hidden treasure”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

Spectacular Mansion with wonderful pieces of art! Don't miss the Rothko room and Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party!

Visited August 2011
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Auckland, New Zealand
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178 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Exquisite small gallery, superb collection. I'd go again.”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

This Gallery a 5 minute walk from Dupont Circle was easy to find and such a delight. Phillips collected carefully and has gathered the best small collection of some of the best of Impressionist art. To see Renoir's enormous and impressive Luncheon painting was a treat, on either side were exquisite smaller paintings, probably the three most beautiful in building. However the music room was full of a US artist that Phillips supported and was an artist I didn't know, fascinating. Best thing we did and great to do with the rain outside!

Visited September 2011
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Detroit, Michigan
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58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Beautiful art collection comes in a small package”
Reviewed July 24, 2011

This small, intimate art museum contains a lovely collection of mid-19th and 20th century art. The $12.00 admission includes auditory explanation on select artwork accessible via your cellphone. Parking was tough. If possible, park your car in zone 2 on-street parking nearby which is free for 2 hours -- just about the right amount of time to view the collection.

Visited July 2011
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