Art Museums in Washington DC

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Art Museums in Washington DC

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  • Hans-Olof H
    Stockholm, Sweden835 contributions
    The building is very beautiful and impressing as many of the museum buildings in this city. A special attraction is the internal waterfall in the middle of the entrée. I liked that a lot, and in itself it was worth the visit to this museum. The art was impressive and had many masterpieces. You must spend at least two hours to give them full credit. This is one of the best, we have visited six, museums in this city and can be highly recommended.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • Alex .
    Nashville, TN173 contributions
    I don't normally enjoy art museums, but this has an element of history that makes it a must-see for me.
    Written 1 August 2022
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  • Millie M
    24 contributions
    Allow 2 hours to enjoy this majestic home and gardens. And be sure to take time out for a delicious lunch in their excellent restaurant.
    Written 29 July 2022
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  • Wendy S
    Austin, TX723 contributions
    I wasn't wild for the temporary exhibits, but I love their permanent collection! It's like visiting old friends; you might repeat previous conversations, but in a way that reminds you how much you love them!
    Written 23 July 2022
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  • CCC
    4 contributions
    This is a small art museum specializing not in fine art but in craft. It contained a high percentage of very interesting items and as part of the the Smithsonian, it is free. Well worth a visit here.
    Written 1 August 2022
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  • MidwestKathM
    Detroit, MI542 contributions
    Check The Phillips Collection off the bucket list! On past visits to DC, with and without kids, we always focused on the National Mall and the Smithsonian museums. It's only been in the past few years that I've come to know about some of the hidden gems in and around our nation's capitol. The Phillips is one of them!! Duncan Phillips and his mother Eliza and then his wife Marjorie put together a fabulous art collection, housed in their home as a way to honor his father Duncan Sr. and his brother Jim. This is one fabulous house art museum (with a couple of additions through the years). For me, Renoir's The Luncheon of the Boating Party is the piece de resistance!! Add in works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Degas, Van Gogh, Braques, and so many other "modern" artists of the day. It is quite a collection that is a pleasure to see displayed throughout the 1897 house and the 1907 Music Room. When we visited, they were hosting the Picasso: Painting the Blue Period exhibition, which garnered much interest. Not a huge Picasso fan, but I still found the exhibition interesting and extensive. To gain entry, we had to reserve our timed tickets; special exhibits included in the ticket price. If you drive to the museum, be forewarned that parking on the street can be difficult to find, and meters are generally for only two hours.
    Written 26 May 2022
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  • bigwawao
    New York City, NY9,898 contributions
    On a trip to DC, I saw a banner that they were showcasing Korean Art Wasn't able to visit at that time. When I went back, the Korean Art display was gone. However, the visit was still great.

    The Smithsonian Asian Museum, known also as Freer Museum after its patron, is a small museum dedicated to Asian arts. It also has a nice small garden that you can enjoy.

    As we all know by now, a lot of Asian arts revolve around religion and when I was there it was no different.

    BTW, being a Smithsonian museum, entrance is free.
    Written 30 July 2022
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  • CloCro
    Houston, TX210 contributions
    So glad we went out here, so peaceful and gorgeous gardens. The cherry blossoms had just a few people around, which was nice. We got some of our best photos here!
    Other gardens were beautiful as well. Worth it!
    Written 30 May 2022
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  • Cruiser579521
    5 contributions
    The Hirshorn always has exhibits that are worth stopping for. Unfortunately about 1/3 of the museum was closed. But it’s free and near so many other things… definitely worth the stop.
    Written 22 April 2022
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  • lltravelmel1
    st. louis425 contributions
    It would be ideal if there was more to see. There is only one very large room and then one small room off to the side. So overall, not much to see for the money. Also, if you get nauseous easily, don’t go here. The exhibit is pretty cool, just wish it was more!
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • ThanosT_12
    Athens, Greece33 contributions
    Very interesting place.
    Some unique art pieces from very famous artists. Overall nicely set up in a wonderful modern building.
    Written 14 May 2022
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  • Robert D
    Brooklyn, New York1,998 contributions
    This historic building is a treasure trove of American art and portraiture. I love their annual exhibit, "One Life", which devotes a room to one famous person. This year it is Marian Anderson. They have an excellent exhibit on the suffragists who fought for "Votes for Women" as we prepare to celebrate the centenary of the 19th Amendment. As this museum is located off the National Mall in Penn Quarter, it is open later than the other Smithsonian museums. Enjoy the museum and then have dinner in Penn Quarter.
    Written 17 December 2019
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  • Cycle2eat
    Baltimore, MD133 contributions
    We visited this musuem during the January 2019 government shutdown-when the Smithsonians were closed and we didn't visit our usual haunts in DC. We were lucky-under other circumstances we would have missed this smaller, lovely museum. There was a wonderful special exhibit "Amazonagramas" by Roberto Huarcaya on the first floor and several permanent collections by 20th century artists on the upper level. We were able to leisurely and thoroughly enjoy the artists and architecture.
    Written 13 February 2019
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  • Andrew Tsui
    San Diego, CA256 contributions
    We only visited the Kusama Exhibit, so this review is solely based on our experiences here.

    The Kusama Exhibit was in extremely high demand and it took an hour and a half of queuing just to obtain tickets for a specific, later time (tickets run out extremely quickly so queuing begins in the early morning ~8 am). The exhibit feature three rooms by Japanese Artist Kusama as well as photos and text on the wall displaying her life. For me personally, the art pieces were extremely special as I had studied them in the past in an academic-related context. However, this is still very worth it to go if you are an art enthusiast or are simply a tourist looking for something unconventional.

    Aside from this, the museum seems to have pieces from other famous modern artists such as Duchamp. The museum is currently undergoing renovations, but the entrance is still easily navigatable.
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Sara G
    Washington DC, DC9 contributions
    Three floors of changing exhibitions ranging from Washington, DC art to works from all over the world. Admission is free and underground parking on weekends is also free. Membership includes pre-opening receptions with lectures and presentations by artists and curators. Outstanding cultural venue!
    Written 23 October 2019
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