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Renwick Gallery

17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-357-2700
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A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s architectural design of the building itself.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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+1 202-357-2700
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This used to be one of my favorite buildings in Washington. The architect, James Renwick, modeled the building on an addition to the Paris Louvre museum in the Second Empire style - it was "The American Louvre" - the first museum in the United States...More

2  Thank rhodonut
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very quirky, interesting works that you can cover completely in an hour. Convenient to so many other locations that you really should drop in.

Thank SCalCanz
Reviewed 1 week ago

The first floor galleries being closed for setup of coming exhibits, the 2nd floor has some exhibits but most striking are the suspended ceiling riggings featuring unusual shapes and forms plus one, found over the grand stairway, consisting of suspended rods dotted with LED light...More

Thank LisandroVoyager
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Off the beaten track of DC museums, but across from the White House. The lastest temporary exhibit on the 2nd floor is magnificent--features a room with amazing ceilings (check out the piano top). Don't miss the Chihuly chandelier on the 2nd floor. Interesting exhibit of...More

Thank RonFG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Renwick is housed in a notable 19th century building. Handicap-accessible. On this visit, there were no exhibits open on the first floor; the gift shop has some unusual, but pricey items (e.e.g $200 tie; $300 scarf). The three rooms on the second floor have...More

1  Thank John F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very quirky & fun exhibits. Not much available to see as they were re-doing exhibits, so I think we only had a restricted visit, but we still enjoyed it.

Thank AnzaLen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small, architecturally interesting museum. A quiet place to see some disparate and interesting exhibits. Inspiring to see how artists are able to use different textiles and materials to create the most unusual pieces. Allow at least 1 hour.

Thank clevertravelers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Currently, the museum has just one floor open with 3 exhibit areas. What is on display is very good but very, very limited. Encountered an extremely aggressive and rude docent, who challenged a very small >70 aged woman for carrying an unopened bottle of water...More

1  Thank Karenn C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Renwick is a very small space, and during our visit a portion was closed. Having said that the one floor of exhibits was a very interesting, imaginative and eclectic mix of art/craft created by contemporary artists. The creators used a multitude of media to...More

Thank Al G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small collection of very interesting pieces of art. Some of it is eye popping craftsmanship. Not for the kids.

Thank dan r
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30 April 2017|
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Response from bethydollar | Reviewed this property |
No there are not wheelchairs available. There is an elevator. The only thing I have a hesitation about is the entrance. I would say to contact the museum for an accessible entrance.
8 March 2016|
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Response from JMH2000892262 | Reviewed this property |
I don't recall seeing any wheelchairs, although that doesn't mean they aren't available. I know there is a dedicated handicap entrance.