Renwick Gallery, Washington DC

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The Renwick Gallery is a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, located in Washington, D.C., and focuses on American craft and decorative arts from the 19th to the 21st century. It is housed in a National Historic Landmark building that was begun in 1859 on Pennsylvania Avenue and originally housed the Corcoran Gallery of Art (now one block from the White House and across the street from the Old Executive Office Building). When it was built in 1859, it was known as "the American Louvre".
The Renwick Gallery building was originally built to be Washington, D.C.'s first art museum and to house William Wilson Corcoran's collection of American and European art. The building was designed by James Renwick, Jr. and finally completed in 1874. It is located at 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Renwick designed it after the Louvre's Tuileries addition. At the time of its construction, it was known as "the American Louvre".
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  • I came by the Renwick for a quick dose of art at the end of the week while in DC. They were gearing up for an even but still great. And free. They had a superb display of modern teapots. Various other...  more »
  • We stumbled across this museum on the walk back to our hotel, and I would have hated to miss it. I loved all of the video telling the stories of the artists in the main two exhibits and the 3D Exhibit...  more »
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  • Our experience at the Renwick gallery was great. It is a fun little art gallery with a variety of displays and styles of art. It looks small from the outside, but we spent an hour and a half inside and could have spent more time if we read everything more closely. One of the coolest parts is the large room on the second floor with a rotating display. I’ve seen it twice, and love how different it has been each time. Would definitely recommend as a stop during any DC tourist experience, or as a fun date spot for locals.
  • Beautiful museum! There’s 2 levels with around ~half of each floor containing special exhibitions. Definitely check what’s on before heading there! It was pretty spacious—even on a Saturday—so it was nice to go there with a few people. Would definitely recommend as a free museum to stop by during a DC trip.
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