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Washington D.C. for Art Lovers

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The artistic behemoths of the National Gallery of Art, and Smithsonian members like the National Portrait Gallery, the American Art Museum, and the Hirshorn Museum anchor DC's art scene. However beyond all that, there lies an impressive number of smaller, privately owned museums with wonderful art collections and a community of collaborative and resourceful local artists reshaping DC's artistic appeal through collectives and community-focused art.
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201 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
The Art Museum of the Americas is supported by the Organization of the American States and has a permanent collection that focuses on contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art by both established and up-and-coming talents. Although it’s...
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1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
I love the Phillips Collection, but it’s often hard to convince out-of-town visitors to go there mainly because it’s slightly off the tourist path and you have to pay an admission fee (it’s a private museum). If you even have a...
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Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565, USA
When we were kids, my parents would take (okay, drag) us to visit the Smithsonian Art Museums. I dreaded those trips. What kid wants to spend an afternoon looking at canvases with indecipherable images on them? The one exception was the East Wing...
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Independence Ave SW &, 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
One of my favorite spots in D.C. is the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art. The block-long green space is filled with oversized modern art pieces from the gallery’s permanent collection. You'll see work by artists such as Claes...
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1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
Housed in a 1907 Renaissance Revival structure that was previously a Masonic temple, the NMWA is the world's leading museum dedicated to recognizing women's achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The collection houses more than...
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Independence Ave SW &, 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
Located on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Institution's only modern art museum boasts the United States' most comprehensive collection of 20th-century art, with more than 12,000 paintings, sculptures, and photographs. The spectrum and...
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1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
Together, the Freer Gallery and the Sackler make up the Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art. In 1987, the Sackler launched with a 1,000-piece collection and funds donated by Dr. Arthur Sackler, a research physician and medical publisher. Early...
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950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
A part of the Smithsonian family since 1979, the National Museum of African Art is the only museum dedicated to the study of African art and culture with an emphasis on sub-Saharan artistic achievements. Admire the continent's diverse and...
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1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
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...