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“A Thought Provoking, Controversial, Fun and Whimsical Museum - All at the Same Time”
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Renwick Gallery
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Owner description: A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s architectural design of the building itself.
Reviewed July 20, 2011

The Renwick Gallery is the Smithsonian's museum "dedicated to exhibiting American contemporary crafts and decorative arts from the 19th to the 21st centuries." It is a collection of thought provoking, controversial, fun and at times whimsical pieces. Across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Old Executive Office Building and next to Blair House, this small museum is a wonderful stop while walking past or viewing the front of the White House.

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Reviewed October 28, 2009

On a recent visit to D.C., we visited several museums - too many for me to review all of them- but I wanted to rave about the Renwick. It was to be a minor stop in our itinerary, but it ended up being a favorite. We enjoyed the manageable collection of interesting pieces in a beautiful setting. We did not have the proper appreciation of every item, perhaps, but we went away talking about some particularly memorable ones. All in all, it was a highlight of our trip.

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Reviewed October 31, 2008

The Renwick Gallery is a branch of the Smithsonian specifically devoted to crafts. The Grand Salon has some wonderful American paintings, but that isn't the Renwick's focus. Its current exhibit through Jan. 11, 2009 is a life retrospective of Lino Tagliapietra, arguably one of the greatest glassblowers in the world and the inspiration of many American glass artists. Renwick typically has blockbuster exhibits of internationally known craftspersons. Its gift shop has an excellent selection of crafts and books on crafts.

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Reviewed July 7, 2008

We visited the Renwick Gallery on July 5 and I have to admit we were expecting art and crafts from a bygone era. What we saw was an exhibition of modern art and crafts. An exhibition of modern jewelry. The rest of the small museum had modern art (some of which I beg to differ but art is in the eye of the beholder) with the exception of one huge room that had an exhibition of paintings of Native American Indians and the West. So unless you like modern art and/or paintings of Native Americans, go to another museum -- the National Portrait Gallery was phenomenal!

3  Thank BEppenger
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Reviewed January 14, 2007

This is a small museum, and the palatial rooms are just as spectacular as the beautiful works of art they hold!

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