Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
“Dedicated to Art” is engraved in stone over the entrance of the Renwick Gallery, a reminder of its rich history as the Nation’s first building created expressly as an art museum. Over a century later, this mission continues to hold true and after a massive renovation, has been reinvigorated for the 21st century. Celebrating contemporary craft and decorative arts, the Renwick features immersive installations, special exhibitions and impressive collections of jewelry, wood art and studio furniture. The curated works are both elegant and innovative, much like the Second Empire architecture of the building when it was first designed by Renwick in 1859. As with all Smithsonian Institution museums, entrance is free.
By Susan Mason, AFAR Local Expert
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Renwick Gallery: Version 2.0
Housed in a historic structure just yards away from the White House, the Renwick Gallery, completed in 1874, was the first American building created to showcase art. After an extensive, two-year, $30 million dollar restoration, America's oldest art museum will continue to display the best in American craft and decorative arts, both handmade and technologically driven, by leading contemporary artists.
By Christian Mirasol, AFAR Local Expert
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