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The Phillips Collection
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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.
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Never heard of the Museum until our friends took us there. It was absolutely wonderful. What a great collection of mostly impressionist and modern art.

On 21st and Q. Walked from 9th and Mass and it was worth every step.

If you haven't seen this collection, SEE IT!

Thank bobc65
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

The Phillips Collection experience is special in being able to share in the collection of an individual art collector who resided in DC. I was able to see The American Collection which showcased art from American artists. The presentation was well done with good descriptive overviews presented along with audio discussions available on a cell phone. And, there were knowledgeable individuals scattered throughout the exhibit to answer questions. And I must recommend having lunch or snack in their cafe. The menu is quite creative, the food well prepared, and refreshingly affordable. The one down side to my Phillips experience was the realization that having arrived early (before it opened) and rain pouring outside, they would rather you wait outdoors in the adverse weather than wait in their large lobby area. (Note: A person was stationed in the lobby area to admit employees and to otherwise keep the door locked.) I was disappointed with this policy and hope they reconsider this practice. What should have been a complete friendly neighborhood experience was marked with me standing in the rain as the lasting impression!

Thank MPatrick33629
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Beautiful and eclectic collection. The museum has done a wonderful job of detailing information on the artists and how the family acquired their art. The large Renoir is not to be missed.

Thank MaryHogan
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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.

1  Thank Kathy E
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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.

Thank COArtist
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