The Phillips collection, billed as America's 1st Museum of Modern Art is a most worthwhile visit! It was a very pleasant experience to leisurely walk through the small uncrowded intimate rooms to see original world famous art. The home was built in 1897, the art museum was founded in 1921, and it was in 1930 that Duncan Phillips turned his home into the present day art museum. Speaking to a docent, she told me that in the beginning, many parties were held in these rooms housing famous art where people smoked, ate, and drank. Today that has changed. Several additional wings were added to accommodate his growing collection ( 3,000 American & European art works ) If needed, there are now elevators to take you to the different floors. Much of the art reflects Phillip's person taste and his ability to promote future prominent artists at a time when they were not well known. Since this collection is not organized by any time period or category, it can be viewed in any order starting at any floor or room. There are docents/guides in every room to answer any questions. Do take time to stop in the Museum shop! Many wonderful selections from art postcards, art books, jewelry, to creative children's art gifts are available there! There is also a cafe whose aromas were enticing! Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Thurs. open till 8:30pm, Sun.11-6. Admission: Adults: $12, Seniors & Students: $10 Children under 18: FREE
What is especially nice is that there is a free mobile phone app for certain art works that you can download. The famous painting, a 1923 purchase, "Luncheon of the Boating Party" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1880-81) is HERE! ( See photo ) ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! You can listen to special details and history about this painting on your phone app! This museum has visiting artists, Sunday concerts, and ongoing special exhibits. Do go, it is a well worth a visit!!!