The Phillips Collection, Washington DC

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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. Put The Phillips Collection and other Washington DC attractions into our Washington DC holiday planning app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • October 3, 2017
    The Phillips Collection is an art museum founded by Duncan Phillips and Marjorie Acker Phillips in 1921 as the Phillips Memorial Gallery located at Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. The grandson of Jame...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    My friend & I thought we spend a couple of hours here seeing some famous artworks. It was free the day we came (Monday thru Friday). The 3rd floor was blocked off for a display. The art was wonderful ...  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    It might be one of the few place where you need to reserve and pay, but this is because it is The collection of DC. Reserve and take your time to get there.  more »
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  • June 10, 2017
    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.
  • July 7, 2017
    Great variety of artists and impressive rotating exhibits. Philips After 5 is an event on the third Thursday of every month. Live music, activities, and light snacks for $12. Bar available!
  • June 19, 2017
    Great gallery as always! Loses a star because a large portion of the art is closed to visitors until 2018. Still, what's left remains great
  • July 6, 2017
    Small space but exhibiting great art; saw a couple of Mark Rothko paintings and was impressed by the curation and space given to a single painting, which an absolute necessity to give Rothko's work justice.
  • February 8, 2017
    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.

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