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The Phillips Collection

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Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
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Address: 1600 21st St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1003
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"Americas First Museum of American Art" boasts a collection of...

"Americas First Museum of American Art" boasts a collection of over 2,500 19th and 20th-century masters, both American and European, including Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, Manet, OKeefe and more.

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Many art galleries are overwhelming because they are so big. Not the Phillips! We were able to walk through the whole collection in two hours. Of course, we could have spent... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2015
Auburn, New York
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Auburn, New York
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Reviewed 2 November 2015

Many art galleries are overwhelming because they are so big. Not the Phillips! We were able to walk through the whole collection in two hours. Of course, we could have spent longer, but our parking spot was only for two hours. There are some incredible artworks here. High on the list is the Renoir which was just stunning. There is... More 

Thank Larry087_12
Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2015

The Phillips Collection was founded by Duncan and Marjorie A. Phillips in 1921. It is located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C This museum is simply outstanding. Small private collection, extremely well presented including American artists like Helen Turner, Hopper, John Henry Twachtman and contemporary and modern art including Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, Renoir, many others. The newly... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015

Only thing I can compare this to is the wonderful Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Wonderful, manageable collection in DC and a must-visit gallery. Helpful staff. Commentary available on your own cell phones if you wish. One of those museums with a lot of rooms and sometimes hard to know which path to take but more than worth it. Don't miss... More 

Thank stevens397
Prather, California
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Reviewed 28 October 2015

This first museum of modern art in America began in 1920 in Duncan Philips’ Georgian revival brownstone, but has seen expansions and additions through 2006. The result is somewhat of a rabbit warren to negotiate. However, it rewards your efforts with outstanding art. Permanent holdings of more than 3000 pieces date from the late 19th century to the present. A... More 

Thank Adenine
Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed 28 October 2015

Really great modern art museum. Special shows are always very well done and the permanent collection is well worth seeing again and again. Tour the house if you have time.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

We've been members for years and are never disappointed. We love the permanent collection and the installations they bring in. Focused on late 1800s to contemporary work. Beautiful building in a great neighborhood for wandering around. They bring in excellent musicians for recitals; nice cafe & gift shop. Last visit was a great photography exhibit from their permanent collection for... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

The Phillips Collection is a gem in Washington, D.C. Well worth finding. A perusal of the Collection's website will let give you hint of the treasures in store... Gaugin to Picasso. As a visitor from Hawaii, I held my breath when we came across a rare Jean Charlot work. Worth the visit!

Thank Helen B
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

Such an interesting and unique museum space. Interesting retrospectives offered throughout the year. Manageable size, helpful and knowledgeable staff. One of our favorites.

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Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

This museum was simply outstanding. Who knew... contemporary and modern art including Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, Renoir, many others. A magnificent estate near DuPont Circle that is well laid out. Definitely going back again.

Thank John M
Wroclaw, Poland
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Reviewed 24 October 2015

Small private collection but extremely well presented. I liked the most American part, with great paintings of Hopper, Helen Turner, John Henry Twachtman and others. Also seasonal exhibition: Gauguin to Picasso was marvellous, showing among others fantastic works of Alexei von Jawlensky and Chaim Soutine. Great place.

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