The Phillips Collection

Washington, DC

Where are we going?

The Phillips Collection
1600 21st St NW
DC 20009

(202) 387-2151

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!

How much does it cost?

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

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

Discount: Permanent collection is free entry Tuesday to Friday,

Free Under: Free under 18 years


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


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


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! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
© Family Days Out 2021