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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  • We had some "time to kill" on the day we were due to depart Washington D.C., and M (my "Better Half") came-up with the clever idea of visiting "The Phillips Collection Museum/Gallery" : it was just ar...  more »
  • We heard about the Special Exhibition of the Renoir paintings on PBS. Since we were in Washington DC during the time of the exhibition, we decided to go and were so glad we did. They have done a great...  more »
  • I originally visited the Phillips Collection several years ago specifically to see Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. When I read recently that they had put together a special exhibition focusing...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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