Washington, DC is an ideal city for art lovers to travel to, because it has an exceptional variety of institutions and work to showcase. From exceptional galleries near The St. Gregory Hotel here in Dupont Circle, to national, government-funded museums, these are the spots an art lover has to see while traveling in DC.
The Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection is a Dupont Circle art museum founded by Duncan Phillips and Marjorie Acker Phillips in 1921. Inside the Phillips’s 19th-century townhome, the museum—America’s first dedicated largely to modern art—houses an impressive collection of 3,000 Impressionist and Modernist works, including pieces by the likes of Rothko, Cezanne, Picasso and Renoir (his iconic Luncheon of a Boating Party).
The Phillips Collection. 1600 21st St. NW
Dupont Underground is one of the most fascinating art galleries in Washington, DC. Located underneath Dupont Circle, the space is an old streetcar station that was abandoned for decades, before The Dupont Underground organization turned it into a creative space decked out with contemporary street art.
Dupont Underground. 19 Dupont Circle
Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian Institution is the most well-known and impressive collection of Washington, DC museums. It’s connected to the world-famous Renwick Gallery, and together the spaces hold one of the world’s grandest and most diverse collections of art. The museum hosts educational programs and new exhibits consistently throughout the year.
Smithsonian American Art Museum. F St. NW & 8th St. NW
National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art is a national art museum that is a must-stop on your walking tour of The National Mall. One of the most-visited museums in the world, it features iconic works from the likes of Old World masters such as da Vinci and Vermeer as well as New World artists like Copley, Pollock and Warhol.
National Gallery of Art. 6th & Constitution Ave. NW
National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery is an historic art museum founded in 1962. One of the best known art destinations in Washington, DC, and its collection features a number of works that depict scenes of famous Americans.
National Portrait Gallery. 8th St. NW & F St.