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“Wonderful Cross-Section of Western Art”

Corcoran Gallery of Art
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Owner description: D.C.'s largest private art museum has impressive collections of both American and European art.
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
84 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Wonderful Cross-Section of Western Art”
Reviewed July 20, 2011

The Corcoran Gallery of Art has five collection areas: American Art to 1945, Decorative Arts, European Art, Modern and Contemporary Art from 1945, and Photography and Media Arts. Across 17th Ave from the Old Executive Office Building. Something for everyone.

Visited April 2011
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Orlando, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Go here. Amazing works of art and exhibitions.”
Reviewed July 7, 2009

I cannot believe this is only $10 to get in and free on Saturdays during the summer. An amazing find. Their permanent collection is fantastic and the two exhibitions I saw were awe inspiring. The building itself is beautiful as well. This place is very well run and definitely worthy of a stop.

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Rockville, Maryland
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“Always something new to see”
Reviewed November 13, 2007

I received a gift membership to the Corcoran and have since renewed it. The best gift ever and a bargain to boot. I've more than made up the cost in free member programs etc. The exhibits over the last two years have been outstanding. Especially enjoyed Joan of Arc, Modernism and Ansel Adams. I've gone back four or five times to each show. and the curator walk-throughs have been very worthwhile. Unbelievable collections, well-documented, easy to see. Lovely cafe and a very pleasant atmosphere through-out the museum. It's a four-block walk from Farragut North metro and other than occasional screeming sirens accompanying white house escorts, in a very walkable part of downtown DC. Sunday brunch is worth the money and the late Thursday night hours make a late afternoon and into the evening day with a cafe meal as a break a very pleasant experience. A very welcoming art gallery with solid shows and a minimum of pretension.

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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“Excellent DC Museum”
Reviewed July 7, 2007

The Corcoran is a very good museum in a classic building built over 100 years ago. We saw a large, comprehensive exhibit on "Modernism" recently which was well done, but none of the permanent collection was available. The museum is west of the White House, near the Renwick, in an area that has many government and commercial buildings, but off the tourist areas, so there are few dining options around. The museum stays open until 9 PM on Thursday nights, a real plus, but the cafe was not open so we had to go out and walk about 3 block north to get a snack and coffee--this was a disappointment in a well run museum.

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Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“about the restaurant there”
Reviewed October 3, 2006

The first few times you eat here, it's nice. But then, it just gets a little bland and sometimes they have some back-ups in the kitchen.

Pros:
The room is amazing and it's really fun to eat in a museum. Checking out the rotating exhibits after lunch is also really lovely.

Cons:
The food is soooo expensive for what you get. It's not great tasting. They NEVER change their menu, just the names of the items. Soda cost around $2.50, just to give you a perspective.

Expect to pay $20 for lunch.

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