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Renwick Gallery, Washington DC

(4.5/5 based on 650+ 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 have no idea what the plan was when they ripped apart this historic and gorgeous gallery, but what a disaster. We can't bear to visit again. It seems like a Frick was stripped and dismantled to bec...  more »
  • With less emphasis on craft art, the Renwick has remarkable and really interesting exhibits. The gift shop is specialized but very good choices for the regular tourist. 
  • The gallery is quite popular in DC, we had to wait in like for approximately 20 minutes but it was absolutely worth it! Photo-worthy work is displayed inside and its all free! 
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  • Neat collection of modern art. Free to the public. Wish I could have learned more about the and artist presented. Not very informative to people new to the artist.
  • This was a very interesting museum. Only a few art installations (5 or so) but they were all quite grand in scale and interesting to walk in and around to experience them fully. You don't need a day to experience the gallery, just an hour or so so it's definitely worth a stop and just around the corner from the White House which I'm guessing you will be visiting anyway in passing.
  • Interesting art pieces, but availability was very limited. With how long the establishment was under construction, I was hoping for better art pieces and a more robust facility/building. Overall, a decent visit but I wouldn't recommend it to friends and family.
  • 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.
  • Jaw dropping reaction. Just an amazing collection of American art. Well worth the stop.