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Phillips Collection, the

1600 21st Street N.W
Washington, DC

Phone: 202-387-2151 - Tty: -

Statement of Purpose

19th and 20th century American and European painting and sculpture.

Highlights & Collections

The Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art, opened in 1921 in the home of Duncan Phillips (1886-1966). Renoir's great masterpiece Luncheon of the Boating Party hangs here, along with other outstanding Impressionist paintings by van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Cézanne. The comfortable galleries are a perfect setting for Vuillard's intimate canvases; color-filled Bonnards; and works by Braque, Picasso, Matisse, and Klee. American works are equally celebrated, including examples by Homer, Eakins, Ryder; the American Impressionists; modernists O'Keeffe, Marin, and Dove; and such mid-century masters such as Mark Rothko, Jacob Lawrence and Richard Diebenkorn. The Phillips Collection today is a publicly-supported, non-government museum, continuing to serve as the inviting place to enjoy art that Duncan Phillips envisioned. Discover for yourself the international treasure that is also one of Washington, D.C.'s best-loved museums.


 Renoir's The Luncheon of the Boating Party
 Renoir: The Luncheon of the Boating Party

Current Exhibits and Upcoming Special Events

Now - Jan. 21 Washington, D.C. - Featuring 57 paintings, sculptures and works on paper from The Detroit Institute of Arts by artists such as Cézanne ("Mont-Sainte-Victoire," c. 1897, below), van Gogh, Seurat, Brancusi,Matisse, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin and Picasso, "Degas to Matisse: Impressionist and Modern Masterworks from The Detroit Institute of Arts" at The Phillips Collection celebrates the significant role of modern, particularly French, art in America and the important contribution American collectors have made to this movement.


Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, extended hours: 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Closed Monday and  New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day


Weekend Admission for Permanent Collection:
Adults: $7.50
Seniors over 62, and full-time students: $4.00
Persons 18 and under, and Museum Members: FREE

Weekday Suggested Contribution for Permanent Collection:
Suggested at same levels as weekend admission charge.

The Phillips Collection is located in the Dupont Circle area, one-half block off of Massachusetts Avenue on 21st Street, between Q and R Streets.

Walk-in Tours

Included in admission
Spotlight tours : 15 minutes on one art work, Tuesday-Friday, 12 pm
Introduction to The Phillips Collection :
       - 45 minutes on collection highlights: 
Saturday, 12 pm

Tours of Special Exhibitions : Sunday, 12 pm


Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm


The museum shop sells a wide range of art-related books and gift items.

Open during museum hours

Phillips after 5

First Thursday of every month, 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A lively mix of jazz performances, food and drink, gallery talks, films and more

Included in admission; cash bar

Sunday Concerts

Soloists and ensembles perform in the museum’s wood-paneled Music Room installed with modern art masterpieces. Concerts are not ticketed and seating is unreserved; early arrival is recommended.

October–May, 4 pm

Included in admission

Wheelchair Access

All galleries of the museum are wheelchair accessible, and a limited number of wheelchairs are available at the coat check.


Taking pictures–including with cell phones–is not permitted in any exhibition. Photography of objects on loan to the museum may be prohibited. Non-flash photography of works in the permanent collection is permitted for personal use only.


Public Transportation:

Plan your trip at

Metro Red Line – Dupont Circle Station (Q Street Exit) and via several bus lines


On street parking is limited. We strongly recommend public transportation and public garages. Washington Hilton Embassy Row Parking: 2105 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.


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Key Personnel:

Charles S. Moffett, Director

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