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Renwick Gallery

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Neighbourhood: National Mall
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Address: 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s...

A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s architectural design of the building itself.

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Great craft museum, and it's free!

As part of the Smithsonian, this gallery is free. It has an upper floor exhibit of its collection, and changing exhibits on the ground floor. Currently, there is beautiful work by... read more

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Palo Alto, California
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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As part of the Smithsonian, this gallery is free. It has an upper floor exhibit of its collection, and changing exhibits on the ground floor. Currently, there is beautiful work by June Schwarcz. She does enamel work and recently passed away. Her work is gorgeous and unlike any I've seen. There was also an exhibit of muscular ceramics by Voulkos.... More 

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West Hollywood, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a delight! It is a small museum and never crowded. Presently on the top floor there is an installation of netting that basks in different colors. I could have spent hours there experiencing it all. The ceramics on the bottom floor were awesome.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The first time I visited the Renwick, it was during the Wonder exhibition, which was stunning and so worth the visit. The museum has kept a few pieces, which really stand out. Since then, I have seen two other exhibitions which were good, but not as striking. Still, it's free, so you can take as long or as short a... More 

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mattapoisett, ma
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a lovely undiscovered secret across from the White House. My kids absolutely love to see all the adults lying on the ground to see the ceiling installation of roping and colored lights. Definately worth a visit

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Benson, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Impressive Gallery and Beautiful Grounds. I liked the architecture of the building inside and out. The gardens were very nice as well. Art inside was very impressive.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whereas the Renwick Gallery is a lovely structure with an interesting and well-curated permanent exhibition, as well as temporary ones, the staff are so rude that I would rather avoid it. I walked into one of the galleries and apparently obstructed the view of a security guard, who told me loudly from behind "you could have said excuse me!" When... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved my visit to the Renwick, great exhibitions, small scale museum. And its absolutely free, can't beat that!

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Union, Kentucky
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Reviewed 1 week ago

the art and sculptures are very unique. Easy to get around and take your time to look at all the pieces.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small gallery is slightly off the beaten track from the mall. The downstairs special exhibits were okay. But the art displayed upstairs was outstanding!!

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North Ferrisburg, Vermont
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful building saved by Jackie Kennedy. It is filled with unique arts and crafts. The museum store is fabulous.

Thank Diane G

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