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The Phillips Collection, Washington DC

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#13 of 46 in Museums in Washington DC
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.
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  • If you are interested in modern art, this museum is a must-see stop. The Phillips' family collected contemporary art from about the turn of the century up through I believe the 1960s. The centerpiece ...  more »
  • This boutique collection in the middle of D.C. offers both the art novice and expert a inspiring breath of art selections. A beautifully organized gallery, the observer is led in a logical and suspens...  more »
  • Some masterpieces here, a totally charming collection staged in an old DC mansion. One of my favorites places in DC, a true gem.  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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