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“Worth the $10 admission”

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.
Reviewed July 7, 2013

They have a great collection of American and European paintings. The building is handsome, particularly the Salon room. Nice cafe. Worth making the effort to get down to that end of the Mall.

Thank Mark H
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Sadly after years of neglect and in-fighting between its Board of Directors and managers, the Corcoran has fallen into a state of neglect. The collection shown is minimal and it fails to draw any worthwhile exhibits. Saturdays in summer are free entrance so if you are curious or just want to escape indoors, you might find an hours worth of art to view, otherwise skip it. So many better art museums in town such as the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery (all free) and the Phillips Collection (small fee but worth it).

Hopefully the Corcoran can get its act together and display a few more pieces and draw a few worthy national exhibits like it had its heyday. Until then, it will remain a sad relec of yesteryear with distant memories of wonderful art days gone by.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Thank goodness we got here later than we had planned (we originally were thinking 1/2 day visit). This place is alot smaller than I thought. While the building by itself is pretty, not crowded, and some of the artwork I really liked (especially the photography by David Levinthal), I can't help but think "we paid $5 per person for a small art gallery when the huge Smithsonian art galleries are free?" Its 2 floors, and several not very huge rooms each floor. We were done with the entire place in less than 1.5 hours. I suspect some people may plow through faster.

Now I realize that Corcoran also has a school and probably does not have the funding of Smithsonian, hence the entry fees to raise money...(their building is beautiful, hopefully they get some decent income from renting the lobby out as a wedding venue), but as someone giving a frank opinion about things to do around DC, you are better off visiting one of the Smithsonian art museums.

1  Thank Sweet P
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is a neat place close to downtown. Went to see a special exhibit of Russian royal artifacts. Looked around at regular items and would visit for those alone, but better with a special exhibit of interest.

Thank _Computer_Geek_M
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

I work near this museum and it is almost a secret. If you want to check out some world class paintings, stop by this gem and you will have the place all to yourself. There is a great cafe there too. If you are running out of places to take the in-laws or want to impress a date this place is perfect.

Thank wkiesel
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