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"Phillips Collection: Art at Dupont Circle" Phillips Collection Tip by Tom_Fields

Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.: 6 reviews and 21 photos

  The Phillips Collection, near Dupont Circle
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  • The Phillips Collection, near Dupont Circle - Washington D.C.
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In addition to the world-famous National Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian, Washington boasts a number of top-notch art galleries that are less known. Small but impressive, the Phillips Collection is one of the best of these small museums in northwest DC.

Founder Duncan Phillips (1886–1966) and his wife Marjorie established this museum in their 1897 Georgian Revival home. It opened in 1921, becoming America's first modern art museum. Since then, the collection has grown to over 2,500 works. They include a fine collection of Impressionist and other modern art, with works by Renoir, Monet, Picasso, Chardin, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Mondrian, Degas, O'Keefe, Eakins, and many others. Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party is probably the most famous work on display here.

There are special events here year-round, such as lectures, concerts in the Music Room, films, and social events. Check the website's calendar for details. This museum is comparable to the Kreeger Collection and Hillwood House, two other out-of-the-way treasures.

Address: 1600 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20009
Directions: Metro: Dupont Circle. It's a half block off of Massachusetts Avenue on 21st Street, between Q and R Streets. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster.
Phone: +1 202-387-2151

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 13, 2008
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