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Renwick Gallery

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Neighbourhood: National Mall
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Address: 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s...

A museum of American craft art that begins with James Renwick’s architectural design of the building itself.

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A Small Gem Right Next to the White House

This museum features contemporary art. So if that's not your thing, choose another of the excellent museums in DC. But for its size, the Renwick presents a great array of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum features contemporary art. So if that's not your thing, choose another of the excellent museums in DC. But for its size, the Renwick presents a great array of interesting works from prominent artists and across disciplines and media. Some galleries usually have a sampling from permanent collection, which is always good even if the current featured artist(s) are... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The architecture of this gallery is breath taking, with the baroque style. The gallery is a source of knowledge, the exhibits change periodically, there is always new pieces to admire witch encourage people to visit the gallery as much as possible.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We almost walked past this gallery it was so unlike any of the other museums in the area. It is well worth the effort very interesting and can be thought provoking depending upon what is on display.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I suppose my wife would say that this particular art exhibit was wasted on me. I could appreciate the work that went into many of the pieces -- blending of ceramics with metal and the beautiful colors were impressive. I simply did not get the thrill that some younger people seemed to get as they lay on the carpet looking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Has an outside and inside. The outside has a wonderful garden path and there were flowers blooming even in December. The inside talks about how the Smithsonian grew from one building to taking up the entire national mall. Also you can see the crypt of the benefactor of the museums within the gallery. The history behind it is worth learning... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a branch of the Smithsonian, so it is free. It houses a small collection of relatively recent period crafts, which I found quite interesting, but some might be disappointed compared to other Smithsonian art museums -- just know what you are going to see. The building itself is worth a look (exterior), it's right near the White House... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth a visit, the museum is fairly small and doesn't have as many exhibits as I would have expected, but there are a lot of unique pieces, such as a yarn exhibit.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It could just the moment we stopped by; but funny thing is that few staff standing around discussing so loud it seemed to encourage everyone talking louder in the while museum. It's very distracting to look at anything. The exhibit this time is cold and definitely nothing connecting to anything. Disappointed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another Free art museum this one will suprise you with the none traditional art. Eclectic is a fair discriptor.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth maybe 45 minutes to see some fine examples of crafts. Quite small - won't take long. Building history as the original Corcoran is quite interesting. If time is limited - easy to skip this one.

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