Trip Planner:   USA  /  District of Columbia  /  Washington DC  /  Museums  /  The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection, Washington DC

(1,100+ reviews on the web)
Art Museum Museum
See more than 3,000 pieces of  artwork at The Phillips Collection, from French Impressionism to American Modernism. The collection features masterpieces of van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, Monet, and El Greco, among others. Explore the gallery with the Migration Series--60 paintings of Jacob Lawrence, representing movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North amidst the world wars. Enter the Wax Room, a small cubical chamber coated entirely with scented beeswax, illuminated by one single light bulb. Ask the staff about audio tours and phone application guides. By using our Washington DC vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to The Phillips Collection and other attractions in Washington DC.
Create a full Washington DC itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Washington DC

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Washington DC by other users

23 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Washington DC & New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, relaxing, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 29 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Nashville, Washington DC & Savannah BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, relaxing, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 29 days in United States & Toronto BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Not the largest Museum by any means but certainly one of the most interesting, the Philip's never fails to routinely deliver interesting, exciting, well curated exhibitions. Located near Dupont Circle...  more »
  • Visited during the fabulous Lautrec exhibit! A little crowded, but full of wonderful treasures and a great little coffee shop!  more »
  • Museum is being renovated so many sections are closed. Still - an amazing collection and always changing.  more »
Google
  • Three level art gallery. Street parking was easy on a Sunday. Could spend an hour or two looking at everything. Probably only worth going if contemporary art is your thing.
  • My personal favorite art museum in Washington, DC, and one of the finest in the world. The collection is splendid, the special exhibitions are always revelatory, and the staff is friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. Nice cafe and gift shop as well. Do NOT miss the Rothko Room: There is nothing like it in any other museum to my knowledge and taking in the four Rothko masterworks mounted there is a powerful and profoundly moving experience.
  • One of the finest modern art museums anywhere. The excellent tours are helpful, as there is very little information posted with the art.
  • This is America's first modern art museum and it holds quite an impressive permanent collection, including a number of Renoirs, Rothkos, and a couple Mondrians. It doesn't just have early 20th century modern works, but also showcases more contemporary artists as well. At present, the Phillips Collection is hosting two special exhibits. The first features George Condo and the second features Markus Lupertz in collaboration with the Hirshorn. Both collections dominate the first and third floors. My only complaint is that presently the museum is renovating the original building, which I felt was better suited for its permanent collection, and due to the decrease in space, has cut the number of permanent pieces on display. It is also more crowded due to the smaller space. Overall, it is a good, small, art museum with a fair collection and is certainly worth visiting.
  • Not-so hidden gem that doesn't get quite the foot traffic of museums on the Mall. Since it is not part of the Smithsonian there is a $12 admission fee. Impressive collection of 19-21st century artwork - including masterworks by Renoir. Near the Metro and many dining options nearby.