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“So many wonderful pieces of art”

The Phillips Collection
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Walking Tour On Embassy Row in Washington DC
Ranked #29 of 442 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: "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.
Portland, Oregon
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“So many wonderful pieces of art”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

My visit to the Phillips Collection was an excellent experience. On a beautiful warm spring day we leisurely viewed amazing works by Renoir, Picasso, Rothko, O'Keefe. I found several "new" artists that I especially enjoyed.

Only 2 other people were viewing the highlight - Luncheon of the Boating Party (I may have the name wrong). We had a great discussion about color as well as the social meaning. No huge crowds.

Don't be turned off by "modern" art. Perhaps recent art would be more apt. While there were a number of totally abstract paintings, they were in a minority.

Duncan Phillips supported the talent of many artists - we owe him much.

Visited April 2014
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“Lovely & Intimate Setting”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

A break from the large scale galleries & museums, this is a pleasant trip into beautiful Dupont Circle/Embassy Row area. More of a true historic setting to view a nice collection. Loved the adjoining former home housing more works. You feel as though you are seeing old DC as it was. Collection is impressive. Cafe ~ not so much...overcrowded & unable to handle small crowds. They had to turn people away several times during our visit.
Otherwise, it is a delightful destination.

Visited April 2014
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Des Moines, Iowa
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“Wow! Quality of art rivals Smithsonian.”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

This is worth the $12 per person we paid for first Thursday. We highly suggest going on a late night, which offers lite snacks and music. What a wonderful and delightful surprise. Size wise, give yourself at least three or four hours..more if you really like to view your art. Don't miss the sacred art in the music room. While there are stairs, those who require an elevator will see much of the art. I would go back in a heart beat.

Visited April 2014
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Gunnison, Colorado
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“Great Experience: World Famous Art in Uncrowded Space!”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

The Phillips collection, billed as America's 1st Museum of Modern Art is a most worthwhile visit! It was a very pleasant experience to leisurely walk through the small uncrowded intimate rooms to see original world famous art. The home was built in 1897, the art museum was founded in 1921, and it was in 1930 that Duncan Phillips turned his home into the present day art museum. Speaking to a docent, she told me that in the beginning, many parties were held in these rooms housing famous art where people smoked, ate, and drank. Today that has changed. Several additional wings were added to accommodate his growing collection ( 3,000 American & European art works ) If needed, there are now elevators to take you to the different floors. Much of the art reflects Phillip's person taste and his ability to promote future prominent artists at a time when they were not well known. Since this collection is not organized by any time period or category, it can be viewed in any order starting at any floor or room. There are docents/guides in every room to answer any questions. Do take time to stop in the Museum shop! Many wonderful selections from art postcards, art books, jewelry, to creative children's art gifts are available there! There is also a cafe whose aromas were enticing! Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Thurs. open till 8:30pm, Sun.11-6. Admission: Adults: $12, Seniors & Students: $10 Children under 18: FREE
What is especially nice is that there is a free mobile phone app for certain art works that you can download. The famous painting, a 1923 purchase, "Luncheon of the Boating Party" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1880-81) is HERE! ( See photo ) ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! You can listen to special details and history about this painting on your phone app! This museum has visiting artists, Sunday concerts, and ongoing special exhibits. Do go, it is a well worth a visit!!!

Visited March 2014
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“Must see!”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

This is an amazing collection and definitely worth a couple of hours. Dupont Circle metro stop and a short walk in a beautiful neighborhood. Fee to enter is reasonable, and no charge for 18 and under, which is really terrific. Right now they have an exhibition of American art, all collected by Duane Phillips when the artists were working and exhibiting. Georgia O'Keefe, Winslow Homer, the Rothko room... Beautiful. Plus you get to see the famous Renoir "Luncheon of the Boating Party". DS commented "You've seen pictures of it, and then, there you are, in a room, looking at it." We loved Childe Hassam's impressionist painting of the Washington Arch (OK, DS is theater major at Tisch) and another group of NY paintings upstairs. Also not to miss is Jacob Lawrence's series on The Great Migration (Phillips bought all the odd numbered panels; the even numbered ones are at MOMA). And the building is beautiful. So go!

Visited April 2014
1 Thank JaxAmerican
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