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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.
  • Excellent72%
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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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This is one of my favorite museums in DC! I loveeee the exhibits here. I come here every few months to see what is new. I really loved the temple exhibit on the top floor. They have pencils and wood pieces that you can write...More

Thank StowYourLuggage
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Reviewed yesterday

This gallery gave me a new perspective of art, most of the pieces were quite unusual. The link between science and art was evident to me.

Thank PaulaMar_12
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A quick walk through was all that was needed to see the exhibits. Interesting to see but not an exhibit I would visit again.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Renwick Gallery is a small jewel of a building that presents big, out-of-the box, not to be missed exhibits that are Wait for it -- FREE. If you're visiting, D.C. it's a must on the list of places to visit. Right down the street...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Renwick Gallery was built to be the first art museum in DC. The building was completed in 1874. But, besides the building's history this gallery regularly has exhibits of U.S. art of all kinds. The current exhibit, "Burning Man" is extraordinary because it is...More

Thank M.E. A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I knew very little about Burning Man besides it being a big party in the desert of Nevada. But wow, what a cool display. The room with the scrolled woodwork was unlike anything I'd ever seen before. The moving art was gorgeous, and that silver...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Burning Man exhibit was so much fun. Go see before this show ends in January 2019. Interesting and truly amazing to see the art that gets put up during this week long event in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. So much creativity - really a...More

Thank AnnieS509
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommend the Burning Man exhibit currently showing at the gallery. Very interesting history of the event and perspective on its creators and fans. There's also plenty of interactive visual art from the annual event, beyond the photos.

Thank MDMensch
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This small, intimate gallery was fascinating ...even my 11 year old grand-daughter loved it...stop in, you will be pleasantly inspired.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Burning Man exhibit is an incredible experience! The temple on the top floor is awe inspiring - beautiful and touching in so many ways.. and it's interactive - you can add your own thoughts. The other rooms contain amazing works of art in different...More

Thank JaneD213
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Eudora50
I totally agree with lynn p in regards to her disappointment due to lack of crowd control at the "Murder Is Her Hobby" exhibit during busy times. I drove from Albany to see this exhibit. Fortunately, I arrived fairly early and was able to see most of the first room of the exhibit. But then the crowds became so unbearable that I just took photos of the crime stories so I could use those and the virtual reality views on the Renwick's site to see the rest. My suggestions would be for the exhibit to have a path guests should follow so everyone will stay in a line and not cut in in front of people who have been waiting longer to see each nutshell. I also think their should either be signs or docents present that urge guests to keep their viewing time politely short. I waited 15 minutes to try to see an exhibit that the group surrounding it decided to dominate while they tried to solve the crime. I just gave up after that... The museum could and SHOULD control that. This is a fabulous exhibit and it's very sad not to be able to see it all due to visitors who do not respect others sharing the space.
23 January 2018|
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Response from bella1000 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it was crowded but everybody took their turn & were respectful of those waiting. I don't think the intent of the exhibition is to actually solve the scenes so that may cause a problem if visitors seek to dominate the... More
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Eudora50
13 January 2018|
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Response from pookala | Reviewed this property |
I think both days will be relatively busy. Your best bet I think will be to go early in the day when they open. And don't be afraid to jump around from piece to piece. There's no order really so if one of the 'scenes' is... More
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colortruth
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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.
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