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Renwick Gallery, Washington DC

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
The Renwick Gallery is a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, located in Washington, D.C., and focuses on American craft and decorative arts from the 19th to the 21st century. It is housed in a National Historic Landmark building that was begun in 1859 on Pennsylvania Avenue and originally housed the Corcoran Gallery of Art (now one block from the White House and across the street from the Old Executive Office Building). When it was built in 1859, it was known as "the American Louvre".HistoryThe Renwick Gallery building was originally built to be Washington, D.C.'s first art museum and to house William Wilson Corcoran's collection of American and European art. The building was designed by James Renwick, Jr. and finally completed in 1874. It is located at 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Renwick designed it after the Louvre's Tuileries addition. At the time of its construction, it was known as "the American Louvre".
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  • We stopped in after a glowing recommendation from a co-worker. I was not a big fan of the exhibits that were chosen for display. After seeing pictures from my co-worker and then what was on display at...  read more »
  • We enjoyed the Renwick and its funky exhibit and experiential art. We had never heard of it and were happy to find that it is part of the Smithsonian brand and therefore free to visit. It is a very sm...  read more »
  • The Gallery is small and unique with a variety of eclectic art. I was fortunate to see the beautiful work of Steven Young Lee. The lighted netting that is a representation of the ocean floor during th...  read more »
  • It's a cool gallery but quite small. The only amazing part of the whole gallery is the colorful mesh that hangs is a big, dark open room. It's very relaxing. The rest of the building is standard modern art. The security is everywhere so don't even think about touching anything.
  • This place hosted a fantastic exhibition (The Wonder exhibition). The line out the door was very long, but moved quickly. It is a great building to go in and look around. I hope they keep having good art exhibits come through.
  • Love, love, love this museum. I was surprised by the exhibits. Just wonderful. It's easy to get to and free to visit.
  • Awesome place! Small but a good quick spot to check out after looking at the white house. Very modern art installations. Free of charge and great to take your family.
  • This is the smallest of the Smithsonian museums, in fact, it is an annex of the Smithsonian Museum of Art. It's just across from the White House and it's a lovely and quick museum to visit if you are in the area. It's free, like all the Smithsonian museums, so walk in anytime. It has a very nice gift shop where you might find a gift for an art-inclined friend. It's a classic DC activity to visit the Renwick and go lay on the floor of the upstairs gallery to gaze at the weird and wonderful ceiling exhibit.
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