The esteemed Phillips Collection houses one of the most prized collections of artwork in Washington DC. The collection features work from such renowned artists as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Mark Rothko. The collection is known for its intimate feeling, as though visitors are stepping into a home, rather than a museum.
Founded by Duncan Phillips and Marjorie Acker Phillips in 1921, The Phillips Collection is known for its role in bringing modern art into the mainstream in America. It is America’s first museum of modern art. It began as a small, well-curated collection of family art and has grown to include more than 3,000 works of art by American and European impressionist and modern artists. The museum hosts a variety of events every year, including special displays and exhibits. There is a coffee shop on the premises to enjoy before or after perusing the museum.
The Phillips Collection is located at 21st and Q Streets NW in Washington DC’s Dupont neighborhood. It is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 5pm, Sunday from noon to 7pm, and it offers extended hours on the first Thursday of every month from 5 to 8:30pm. It is closed on major United States holidays. Adult tickets are $12, and there are $2 discounts for students and visitors over 62 years of age. Visitors under 18 years old and members of the Phillips Collection pay no entrance fee.