The Phillips Collection

Washington, DC

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Address: 1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA How do we get there? Number: (202) 387-2151
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About this activity

Did you know that The Phillips Collection is America's FIRST museum of modern art? That's pretty impressive, and today YOU can  visit to experience it's collection and exhibits, that families have been enjoying for nearly 100 years!

Opened in 1921 in the home of Duncan Phillips, the collection includes works from some of the most famous artists in the world.

Renoir's great masterpiece Luncheon of the Boating Party is in the collection, as well as other outstanding Impressionist paintings by van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Cezanne.

You've heard of Vincent van Gogh kids? Of course you have - well imagine seeing one of this masterpieces up close in person!

The collection features modern and contemporary art, and is a wonderful way for kids to start looking at art in a new way - talking about the techniques, and the colors, and the imagery - what do they love about it? There is no wrong answer - and that's the beauty of art!

The collection can get kids thinking, and maybe even inspire them to create their own masterpieces.

The Phillips Collection also features rotating exhibitions, covering specific artists and themes on a deeper level, so you can plan your next visit around seeing something new (and head back to see your favorites!)

There is also plenty to do with families, with playdates, creativity workshops, and a host of kid-friendly activities!

So are you ready to explore the USA's FIRST museum of modern art? It's a creative, inspiring and historic family day out in the nation's capital of Washington DC!

Activity location


They encourage using public transportation, so:

Using Metrorail, take the Red Line to Dupont Circle station and take the Q Street exit from the station. Go left (west) one block on Q Street to 21st Street, NW. The museum is located at 1600 21st Street, the first block to the right from Q Street.

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How much does it cost?






18 and under free



Seniors $12, Military (retired and active duty) $10.


Free Under

Free under 18 years


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The Phillips Collection FAQ’s

Optional stroller parking is available at the discretion of Philips Collection staff in the designated areas adjacent to the museum’s coat check.

The Vrandenburg Cafe offers drinks, sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries and more, so have a break from the gallery to enjoy some lunch, then head back out again!

Look for the family icon for the kid-friendly spots in the museum! There is also family friendly furniture, and a children's art book nook!

The museum store has a host of gifts and souvenirs relating to the museum and its collections, from children's items, books, prints, jewelry, home decor and more!

Education initiatives include a range of teacher and student programs that advocate for an increased role for art and museums in primary and secondary education, great for K - 12 education.

Optional stroller parking is available at the discretion of Philips Collection staff in the designated areas adjacent to the museum’s coat check.

All galleries and public facilities of the museum are wheelchair accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs is available at the coat check. Elevators are available throughout the museum

If you plan to visit frequently, check out membership as it offers unlimited free admission, discounts in the shop and more!

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