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The Phillips Collection NW Washington

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The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street
NW Washington
DC
20009
Tel: (202) 387-2151

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The Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art, opened in 1921 in the home of Duncan Phillips (18861966). The collection includes Renoir's great masterpiece Luncheon of the Boating Party, along with other outstanding Impressionist paintings by van Gogh, Monet, Degas and C
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    Amazing collection. It is well worth the entrance fee. They have amazing exhibits, and their special exhibits are usually very impressive. One of their most famous pieces is Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party", but they have some amazing Picasso and Degas. All of the art is Post-Impressionism and modern.
    If you live in DC, it is well worth the membership, which is reciprocated at many other museums in the States. The Philips after 5 event, is always a must. It's the first Thursday of the month. And they usually have drinks, food, and...Read More

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    First time visit for a Phillips After 5 (first Thursday of every month they stay open late and host a themed event). SUCH an amazing time. There were enough people for a buzzing crowd but not too many that you couldn't enjoy the exhibits. Intimate collection but there are some real gems, including a few by some of my favorite artists (Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Van Gogh). They also have a beeswax room - sounds a little weird but I love how it smells. In addition to the museum visit, a Phillips After 5 usually has something else going on. They had...Read More

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    Absolutely do not visit during a "Philips After 5" event unless you're fine drinking terrible wine elbow-to-elbow with a thousand other people who couldn't care less about the art on the walls. Luckily we decided to visit the collection again on a Saturday afternoon to see the Made In America exhibit, and it was a much more pleasant experience. The collection is unique and extensive, and the addition of a café really makes this a great, off the beaten path hangout destination as well.

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    One of my favorite DC museums, although it's paid for (unlike the Smithsonian) the Rothko collection is well worth your time and money.

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    We went here to see Van Gogh repetitions and while that was very impressive, the permanent collection here is not my style of art. It's definitely a place you need to see in DC, but not more than once, in my opinion.

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by Morgane Renoir

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Amazing collection. It is well worth the entrance fee. They have amazing exhibits, and their special exhibits are usually very impressive. One of their most famous pieces is Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party", but they have some amazing Picasso and Degas. All of the art is Post-Impressionism and modern.
If you live in DC, it is well worth the membership, which is reciprocated at many other museums in the States. The Philips after 5 event, is always a must. It's the first Thursday of the month. And they usually have drinks, food, and live music, as well as different little shows and different curators speaking. It's a great way to unwind after a day at work.

by Camilla Peterson

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First time visit for a Phillips After 5 (first Thursday of every month they stay open late and host a themed event). SUCH an amazing time. There were enough people for a buzzing crowd but not too many that you couldn't enjoy the exhibits. Intimate collection but there are some real gems, including a few by some of my favorite artists (Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Van Gogh). They also have a beeswax room - sounds a little weird but I love how it smells. In addition to the museum visit, a Phillips After 5 usually has something else going on. They had a band playing in the main hall of the house the night I went and some bourbon tastings in the gift shop. I will definitely be a regular at these evenings. Buy tickets in advance, they tend to sell out!

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