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“Great Experience: World Famous Art in Uncrowded Space!”

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.
Reviewed April 19, 2014

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!!!

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Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is an amazing collection and definitely worth a couple of hours. Dupont Circle metro stop and a short walk in a beautiful neighborhood. Fee to enter is reasonable, and no charge for 18 and under, which is really terrific. Right now they have an exhibition of American art, all collected by Duane Phillips when the artists were working and exhibiting. Georgia O'Keefe, Winslow Homer, the Rothko room... Beautiful. Plus you get to see the famous Renoir "Luncheon of the Boating Party". DS commented "You've seen pictures of it, and then, there you are, in a room, looking at it." We loved Childe Hassam's impressionist painting of the Washington Arch (OK, DS is theater major at Tisch) and another group of NY paintings upstairs. Also not to miss is Jacob Lawrence's series on The Great Migration (Phillips bought all the odd numbered panels; the even numbered ones are at MOMA). And the building is beautiful. So go!

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Reviewed April 18, 2014

I'm kicking myself for walking by this place so many times and not walking in until today. The permanent collection holds some wonderful masterworks (each one a surprise, as I wandered in sans clue). What drew me in was their current exhibition "Made in the USA", and I was equally impressed. Beautiful, intimate (but deceptively expansive) museum. Located a short walk from Dupont Circle Metro, students and military get in for $10, and between Memorial Day and Labor Day, active duty military get one free admission where they can take up to four guests. I can't wait to go back.

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Reviewed April 18, 2014

The Phillips Collection has an excellent collection of artwork, including masterpieces by Renoir, Monet, and Picasso. The museum is housed in a historic mansion and charges an admission fee, but it's well worth the price. The walk from the Dupont Circle metro stop to the museum goes through a gorgeous residential area of DC, very different from downtown and the mall.

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Reviewed April 13, 2014

If you love Renoir don't miss his masterpiece here! The building alone is a piece of art and I really enjoyed taking in the great pieces. This was one of the few places I went in D.C. where it wasn't overrun with people. It is kind of like a hidden gem. :) Certainly recommend it.

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