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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 primarily on contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art by both established and up and coming Latin artists. The...
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1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
The Phillips Collection started as a humble gallery to honor a deceased father and brother in 1921, and rapidly transformed into a full-fledged modern art museum—America’s first. Set in a stately Georgian Revival brick house that was...
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6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565, USA
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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
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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 - a former Masonic temple, it is the world's leading museum dedicated to recognizing womens' achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The museum's collection houses more than 4,700...
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Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
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Located on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Institution's only modern art museum boasts the United States' most comprehensive collection of 20th-century art, including painting, sculpture, photography. With over 12,000 works, the spectrum and...
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1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
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The other half of the Smithsonian Institution's Museums of Asian Art, established in 1987, was built with a 1000 piece collection and funds donated by Dr. Arthur Sackler, a research physician and medical publisher. Early Chinese jades and bronzes,...
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950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
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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
The phrase “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. More than a century later, this...