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“BEST museum in DC”

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.
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“BEST museum in DC”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

This is a little gem of a museum near Dupont Circle.You can go for under 2 hours and see everything. Please do not miss the Rothko room. It is so unique.
You have to pay an entrance fee, which is rare for DC, but it is SO worth it!!!

Visited February 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Every canvas is a gem”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

A small museum like the Frick where every painting is a gem, the Phillips Collection covers Impressionism through early modern with impeccable taste.

Visited March 2013
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Rapidan, Virginia
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“Jewels of Impresssionism”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Like many museums in Paris, this museum combines priceless art objects with the chance to visit a residential mansion of the early 20th century and to learn of its owner and collector, Duncan Phillips. In addition to an impressive array of impressionist work (the most famous being Renoir's The Boating Party) it houses the most Bonnards anywhere outside of France. More impressive are the special exhibits of neweer artists and two unique "rooms" - the Mark Rothko room, a small space with four large Rothko paintings that allows only 4-5 people in at the same time and the newest permanent installation - a tiny wax room, painted a light ochre with walls redolent of thick fragrant honey bee wax (allowing only 1-2 persons at a time). If you are lucky you may be there for the free Sunday concert once a month (or on the Saturday before to watch a string quartet rehearse which is even more fun). The guided tours are excellent and the cafe, Tryst, is quite good although service can be slow. Try to take a cab or the metro as street parking is almost impossible.,

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Gail M
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New Paltz, New York
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“Wonderful private collection”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

The old world charm on the home is amazing. Traveling special collections from old to new are spectacular. From Khandinsky to Matisse, just wondeful to stoll through room to room on a rainy day in DC.

Visited March 2013
Thank Charlene C
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Billerica, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

There are works of art here on permanent display that are in all the textbooks, plus some you might be surprised with. The temporary Pollock exhibit was magnificent as well. One of the very few museums that have an entrance fee, check their website for details on what days and exhibits require an admission fee. Well worth the money to see a private collection of masterworks by Renoir, Degas and so many others!

Visited March 2013
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