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The Phillips Collection, Washington DC

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • Just the right size if you have a few hours to take in a museum. The current Jacob Lawrence exhibit is wonderful and takes you through the migration journey. Emotionally charged after viewing another ...  read more »
  • We went to see the old masters. I expected more paintings that there were. It seems this collection has gotten to be very concentrated in the modern art than any other period. If you like modern art y...  read more »
  • After all the mega-museums in DC, this collection was a breath of fresh air. It's not small, just not giant like the Smithsonian's. We really enjoyed it. 
  • The permanent collection here is fantastic. When i visited, there were two exhibits, one horrid (karen apel) and one fantastic (William Merrit Chase). Check before you come. Though far from an unreasonable amount, there is an entrance fee, something atypical amongst Washington's myriad museums. This museum is for art lovers only, and should be skipped be the tourist with only so many sites and museums that can be visited. If you are a DC frequenter or lover of art, Phillips should be a priority. For everyone else the Capitol, Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, and museums on the mall and monuments will be time better spent.
  • A surprising find just north of DuPont Circle. The special exhibition drew me inside but the regular collection was diverse and very enjoyable. Surprised to find well-knokwn Renoir, Van Gogh and others. Cafe is popular and gets busy at lunchtime.
  • Fantastic private museum in DC with an impressive collection. Offers extended hours on Thursday. From 5-8:30 on the first Thursday of the month you can attend Phillips after 5, which includes live music, food, and drinks (it is advisable to get tickets in advance for this). Renoir's The Boating Party is the jewel of the collection. If you can't picture it right now, you'll know it when you see it.
  • This is one of the great small museums in DC. It is a private museum, displaying a private art collection, but it is free to the public during the week. It is worth it to pay entrance if you visit on the weekend, and any day you have to pay to see special exhibits, which can be fantastic. This collection has an amazing selection of very recognizable and famous paintings by a variety of artists, not limited to one niche or genre. Among my favorite pieces are paintings by Cezanne, Pissarro, Rothko, Mondiran, and Miro. You have to see the piece called "Wax Room" by Wolfgang Laib in person. If you live in DC, this is a great museum to be a member of, there are frequent member only events, and you can bring your out of town guests in for free. The cafe is a great place to take a break and get a coffee or even lunch, on a nice day the patio is a wonderful spot to relax. Last but not least, you'll find something for everyone in the gift shop.
  • This is a great gallery with lots of modern art to satisfy your needs. Admission is $12 for adults with a $2 teacher discount, and it's free on your birthday!
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