The Phillips Collection

Washington, DC

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

What is there to do?

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!

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How much does it cost?



$10 on weekends (when no ticketed exhibition) / $12 for ticketed exhibitions



Students: $8 on weekends (when no ticketed exhibition)$10 for ticketed exhibitions



Permanent collection is free entry Tuesday to Friday,


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Free under 18 years


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

Any top tips?


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!

I'm Hungry!


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!

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Where is it at?


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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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.

Can I get one of those?


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!

Need a little extra help?


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

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Baby Facilities

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

When can we go?

10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm - 6:30pm Sunday (Thursday has extended hours 5pm - 8:30pm, first Thursday of the month)

Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve / Day

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