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1. National Gallery of Art

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National Gallery of Art
Location
5
Price / Quality
5
Variety Functions
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20565

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 737-4215

Guy: Art museum


Review: "Hundreds of rooms to view."

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Terry Bexton: AWESOME art. Absolutely unbelievable to witness these masterpieces in real life. I was astonished by the gift shop as well. Most people that know me know that I LOVE gift shops, and this one was definitely one of my new favorites. It had all the different art related things a person could think of. Absolutely would recommend this gallery to any art lover.

Kathryn Corselius: The National Gallery of Art is a great stop for any history or art lover. Boasting many different paintings from the biggest artists, the gallery is expansive and well-curated. I spent a couple of hours here and could easily have spent more time here. I would recommend planning ahead to locate the galleries that are a must-see for you, as after a couple of hours, it's easy to get fatigued by how many pieces there are. For history lovers, check out the presidential portraits by Gilbert Stuart and the famous painting of Marie Antoinette. I also recommend touring the galleries on the lower floor, where there are beautiful Degas and Rodin sculptures and early Colonial furniture.

Nay Wareenipha: Absolutely must visit if you love art and it's FREE! I saw a Davinci painting for the first time here with nobody around. It's very peaceful. There's also a FREE baggage deposit area so don't worry about your coats and bags. You can get a free map that will allow you to go through each section based on the era of the paintings. You can easily spend a whole day here. So many things to see. Additionally there's also an amazing free audio guide under some paintings that you can listen to which is fantastic. There's also another floor under dedicated to sculptures which is also very interesting. There's free WiFi in the premises. Also souvenir shops and food place. Plus, it's also next to the Smithsonian museum so you can see both in one day.

R Lin: I’ve been to the Gallery of Art a few times now, and it really just never gets old. It would also take at least one entire day to truly get through everything that’s there (the museum is HUGE, and has more than one building), so when I say it never gets old it’s the honest truth. There’s something new pretty much every time because there’s a back corner or section you accidentally missed the previous time. This place is beyond easy to get lost in. It’s definitely an iconic Smithsonian, and worth seeing. But again- this place is massive! Schedule a big chunk of your day if you want to see a lot of it, or else prioritize the works you want to see and grab a building map to help you stay on track (there’s a good chance you’ll still get a little lost). You get to see some true, original and iconic pieces here. I think it’s also fun seeing where the Gallery got the pieces from. If you’re at all a souvenir person you’d better also visit the gift shop (again, view the building map and follow signs because it can be tough to find). Love this maze of a museum!

Andrew Hovenden: So much to see. Take your time but don't dawdle or you will tire before you see it all! I posted my favorites and lesser known pieces I liked; and ones I want to know more about. Be sure to look at the frames and the floors. Some of the frames are amazing and the floors are beautiful wood. Decent place for kids under 12 but the might need help understanding why these are great works. Good Cafe with a nice Kale and chicken salad.

F SDK: I've driven 4 hours to be in Washington DC from PA, and this is one of the place we've stopped over. We didnt need entry fee, and the amazing arts took a couple of hours from our day trip. The place is huge, hard to walk all the way and see everything. We've tried to cover as much we could within a short time.

Noah Lepek: The National Gallery of Art should be on everyone's itinerary when planning a visit to Washington D.C. This internationally recognized museum holds works of art from every part of the world, allowing people to develop a better understanding of the world. When visiting the capital of the United States, this place certainly comes highly recommended.

Shravya Boppana: FANTASTIC! This is a great place to visit for all ranges of art lovers! It has such a wide range of art that is a ranged in an easy to digest walk through. The interactive guide through the app can help with understanding the history behind the artist and art, which is great for people who are just beginning in the art scene as well. It is a must visit!

Evan S: A free museum with so many fabulous paintings! The Van Gogh selection was amazing.. if you have time check it out! It was so easy to get in and out.

Kevin Shim: No entry fee. Wear a mask. This museum has a good collection of art. From early Rennaisance to modern. Da Vinci, Raphael, Vermeer, Degas, Monet, Degas, Rothko are the highlights of this museum. It’s laid out in a way to showcase how our perception of art has evolved over the years. The East building holds all the modern art. The underground concourse that connects the West and East building is worth checking out.

2. Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Location
5
Price / Quality
5
Variety Functions
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-7970

Guy: Art museum


Review: "Room for giant weird immersive art."

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Lin Romano: Loved loved loved it! Wonderful exhibit on Burning Man when we visited, along with other great exhibits that took a bit less space. The gallery is such an intimate yet roomy space that any exhibit could be staged well there. As part of the Smithsonian it's also free, which is nice, too.

Kersten Chisti Dryden: We went to see the Burning Man exhibit. Beautiful gallery, with lots of different rooms. We easily spent 3 hours in here, there was so much to take in, on all sensory levels. Lots of interactive art, including a VR experience, and a carved wooden chapel with little pieces of wood that you can write to loved ones who have passed, and add to the exhibit. Very well produced, all together.

Pakeezha: This is one of my favorite museums. It’s easy to get there and pretty small and they change their exhibitions in every few months which makes you want to go and visit more often. It’s always fascinating seeing the new designs. it can get crowded at peak times but they control the amount of people that can enter which is very nice.

Lauren Brown: I visited the Burning Man exhibit and was blown away by the quality and scale of the work. The art became more powerful when given context and story with the effective displays. It was well placed in the space. It's a smaller museum, but well worth the visit. The gift shop was well curated.

Miss Guided: I visited the burning man experience. My niece and I wanted to be the simulator experience. The nasty worker said was very rude and nasty. Other than that the exhibit was amazing. I cannot take people’s action in account for how wonderful the museum is. Definitely a must see!!! It wasn’t too crowded on the Monday we went which was Labor Day. It was difficult to get some good picture of the mushrooms because of the crowds but still enjoyable. The exhibit is very tranquil and nice.

Sam Eldredge: This museum is perfect for those with a bit of extra time to spend in their day and nothing to fill it with. It's not overwhelmingly large making it easy to see all of the various pieces and exhibits. Also the floor format is circular allowing for easy circulation and no dead ends. There are staff around each corner for questions and beat of all, it's free!

Ashton Menefee: Really cool museum to hit when in DC, awesome rotating exhibits. We saw the Burning Man, Dustin Farnsworth, and Crime Scene Diorama exhibits on a few visits. It’s an easy walk from anywhere in DC, close to the White House, and worth a stop if you want to see something different.

K A: I visited the Renwick Gallery with my family last fall and i was impressed with all the beautiful and extraordinary exhibits.The David’s best temple caught my gaze with its glow and I also love the disrupting Craft. A great museum rich in history and packed with lots of exceptional crafts. It’s a must see if you are visiting DC. I highly recommend to all tourists, locals, craft and art lovers.

H J: The burning man exhibition was on when we attended and it was a really good one. The space within the museum was used really well and the exhibits combined interactive, traditional and contemporary style pieces that appealed to the whole family. Definitely worth a visit once you are done with the White House! Recommended

Allison Lau: One of my favorite places to visit in DC because of it's in-depth content and "larger than life" installations. The gallery is small enough where you can digest everything thoroughly without getting overwhelmed. Detailed descriptions accompany the art pieces. Each room encompasses a different installation. The Burning Man exhibit has been eye-opening, and includes a comprehensive history and future expectations of this whole movement.

3. ARTECHOUSE DC

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ARTECHOUSE DC
Location
4.8
Price / Quality
4.4
Variety Functions
4.5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
4.9

Address: 1238 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Guy: Art center


Review: "2 small rooms and 1 big room with repeating digital art."

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Brian Copes: It was my first time going here and it was nice experience. They do not let you in early so I would not get there too early because you’ll need to wait for designated time slot. They provide an overview prior to going into the room with a video. It was a visual cool experience with sounds, video and lighting. I think we spent about 20 minutes in the main room and then probably 20 in the other two rooms. It’s a solid 45 minute experience if you are not drinking at the bar. Yes, they have a bar inside the main room. Also, they do have a coat room for guests as well. It’s educational and fun. It’s pricey about $25 dollars with taxes on the weekend but it was worth it. Staff was helpful with explaining the various exhibits to the guests. The mens bathroom was plainly nasty. Yeah, I would try to avoid it if you can. Overall, I would recommend this place for an interactive art experience!
Response: Hi Brian, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you enjoyed our space. Thank you for sharing your honest feedback and bringing restroom cleanliness to our attention. We strive to create a positive experience for all of our guests.

Jacob Blandford: This is one of the wildest art exhibits I’ve been to and I mean that in the best way. A total sensory experience. The visuals are so vibrant and the music creates an amazing ambiance, all of it built on a foundation of neurology and science. You could spend hours enjoying the show. It was fairly busy on a Saturday night but still plenty of room to make it feel like you had your own space.
Response: Hi Jacob, thanks for visiting ARTECHOUSE DC and for taking the time to leave a review. Thank you for the kind words about our space. With all of the things to do in DC we really appreciate that you took the time to check out ARTECHOUSE.

Monica Cortes: I went with my friends after having had great experiences at the NY location. This installation by Quayola was beautiful and entrancing. It was so interesting to see how the coding connected to the musical instruments manipulated and altered the colors and projections. There was a really nice walk through on the side that gave more detail to the exhibit and a bar with drinks centered around the design and theme of the installation. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to see what other installation arrive this year.
Response: Hi Monica, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you've enjoyed multiple ARTECHOUSE spaces. Thank you for sharing your feedback. We strive to create a positive experience for all of our guests.

Kenny T: A truly Amazing Place!! Gift shop is Great! The Art is Absolutely Beautiful! You can purchase NFT Art, they have a Bar! You can sit anywhere and it will truly be a one of a kind experience!!
Response: Hi Kenny, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you enjoyed all of our offerings. We hope you’ll visit ARTECHOUSE DC again in the future to experience our next interactive digital art exhibit.

Lydia Kennedy: Went to the Pixelbloom installment April 2022. This art installation is incredibly cool! It’s all a 3-D feeling and the colors change at different times, see pictures. It’s such an interesting way to showcase art in a digital form! What’s also really cool is that the artists change every few months so you’ll always get a new experience. Highly recommend if you are a local or a tourist in DC! It’s located right near the Smithsonian, so easy to get to if you’re downtown for a day full of monuments. Parking garage attached as well.
Response: Hello Lydia, We appreciate your positive feedback about your experience. We take pride in serving our customers and hope to see you again soon!

So Maryn: This is for the Transient exhibit. They say it will take 45 - 60 mins for the exhibit but more likely it is an 30 minute experience. I assume the exhibit is scaled down due to the pandemic as I recall it being more richer or more exhibits in prior to pandemic times. If you like modern art this exhibit may appeal to you as you experience what machines can do with transient art and music. You get to see some of the code for the music as the screens constantly change. I would of liked more descriptions throughout the exhibit on the artistic and tech process for this exhibit. The art was in digital strokes and points on different size “canvas” screens. Good photo opps. One main area with a piano and ceiling through floor “canvas” followed by a smaller adjacent room and two small adjacent rooms and a hallway. Also it would be amazing to have an interactive component to this as human feedback interacting with the code can generate fresh art and music.
Response: Hi So, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you enjoyed Transient: Impermanent Paintings. Thank you for sharing your honest feedback and bringing your preference of interactive installations to our attention. We strive to create a positive experience for all of our guests.

Yvonne Marbury: Artechhouse was such a interesting place to visit. The digital displays grab your attention and you cant look away, Id even say its mesmerizing. There was 3 rooms with displays, with some interactive things to try.Very interesting show to watch the life of a neuron.
Response: Hi Yvonne, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you enjoyed our space. We hope you’ll visit ARTECHOUSE DC again in the future to experience our next interactive digital art exhibit.

Ethan Anderson: It's definitely a unique experience. The exhibits were very fun to see, the drinks were good, and the staff were very friendly. Part of me expected a little more (not the exhibit itself, those were awesome, I just thought there'd be more to see) but I am glad I saw it. It took us about 30 min to walk through and then spent another 20 at the bar.
Response: Hi Ethan, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad to hear that the team helped you enjoy your time in our space . Thank you for sharing your honest feedback about your expectations. We strive to create a positive experience for all of our visitors.

Nazanin Malek: Artechouse was such a amazing experience to to have in a rainy day, when you are not sure what to do! it takes you out of where you are for a while. But Honestly I expected bigger place and more to show, or some different songs.It worth one time to try.
Response: Hi Nazanin, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you were able to escape your daily routine in our space. Thank you for sharing your honest feedback and bringing your expectations to our attention. We strive to create a positive experience for all of our guests.

Mike: This was my second time coming here and both times it was a great experience. I was impressed with the quality of the digital art and the interactive art displays. The main roow was just awesome with blossoms. The first time we went we could make trees grow with raising our arms it was very interactive and fun. The digital art was very high definition. The side rooms was fun to watch and each interactive piece was tons of fun. Lots of people taking videos of the blooming flowers. I would highly recommend it. Wish we could have kept the cardboard pieces on the drinks but oh well.
Response: Hi Mike, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you enjoyed the installations and XR Bar. We hope you’ll visit ARTECHOUSE DC again in the future to experience our next interactive digital art exhibit.

4. Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Location
5
Price / Quality
5
Variety Functions
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: G Street NW, 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-1000

Guy: Art museum


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Austin Graff: American Art Museum can stand on its own even if it wasn't in the same Greek Revival building as the National Portrait Gallery. Located in Chinatown, it's in the old patent building and free for all to enter. Here are the highlights: 1) Art: Gallery after gallery showcase paintings and sculptures through the ages. More popular pieces come wit benches nearby for visitors to soak it in. 2) Courtyard: The Kogod Courtyard is stunning and connects the two museums. There's wifi, tables and gardens. 3) Store: It's large and has a lot of gems, perfect for gifts. 4) Fun: If you want to explore the museum through a scavenger hunt, ask the front desk for a map!

M J: It was so disappointing because half of the Museum was closed for renovations otherwise I would have rated it 5 stars. To miss the Impressionist and Gilded Age wings due to the renovations made me sad. However, there are 2 Georgia O'Keefe paintings on display (one on the 3rd floor and one on the lower level), a Grandma Moses, a Warhol, some Pollocks, a Rockwell (3rd floor) and an Andrew Wyeth. I did really enjoy the art which was on display, and hopefully on my next DC vacation I'll be able to see the rest of the Museum including the Hockney next time!

Jose Ortega: This shares the same space as the National Portrait Gallery. And together they make for one great place to visit and spend time with. It's free which is great. I would go on a Sunday and go super early and park on the street since parking is free in DC on Sundays. It can get pretty busy so just keep that in mind. But it is cant miss kind of place.

Jocelyn G: Lots of really neat art spanning three stories. It was extremely crowded, though, and the security guards kept following me and the person I was with around. Every room had 1 security guard to prevent people from stealing or touching artwork and every single room they were always about three feet behind us, following us till the next guard took over. No idea why, we were standing a few feet from each piece and we're well mannered (especially when compared to some of the other people we saw).

Brian Hagan: October 2021 • Beautiful museum! Free like all Smithsonian's and packed full of wonderful art. Could easily spend half a day here to see everything, though we only had about 90 minutes to spare. Beautiful atrium/courtyard area in the center...was a great place to take a few minutes rest during a busy day of sightseeing. I would allow at least 2-3 hours to see everything here, though again, you could easily spend more!

Theresann Pyrett: An amazing visit! You can swing in and just check out the Presidents or you can make it a longer visit and view all of the other exhibits available. I included photos of our favorites, but a definite must see in DC!

Hind KH: It is GREAT. Be prepared to spend at least 4 hours so you can take a look at all sections. It is really big and has a lot of galleries.

John St. Pierre: You can get lost in this place and spend an entire day in the midst of beautiful artwork, including paintings and sculptures. The museum is also attached to the National Portrait Gallery, and you can walk seamlessly between them. Nearly all of the art can be walked right up to and viewed up close and there is plenty of seating everywhere for sitting and appreciating the artwork around you. Probably not the best for small children, but highly recommended for anyone who appreciates fine art.

Matthew Hsu: Good place to visit to see a broad collection of art from colonial to contemporary times.If you are driving to this museum, I would recommend parking at the City Center parking garage as this garage opens 24 hours

Kathie Olson: Hadn’t been to this Smithsonian museum yet, and had just an hour to walk through. It was lovely’. I especially loved the folk art and Americana galleries.

5. Arts Club of Washington

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Arts Club of Washington
Location
4.4
Price / Quality
4.8
Variety Functions
4.4
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.8

Address: 2017 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 331-7282

Guy: Museum


Review: "Nice historical place with a conference room for meetings."

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Glenn C Reimer: A majestic house with a legacy related not just to James Madison's residence there, but his early months as President as well as it served as the US Executive Mansion while the White House was being repaired after War of 1812. Great facilities for socially distanced meetings, a small theatre, an intone meal with a world-class chef, a quiet courtyard, and endless stories of fascinating individuals!

Perks Advisor: This Club is sandwiched between the White House and George Washington University. It is a private club but open to the public during certain hours. The historic building is worth the visit and you can visit certain rooms that have art hanging on the walls. You can also use the facilities for events. If you enjoy art and a quiet atmosphere this is a very nice venue.

Bob Craycraft: Great membership organization and four art galleries open to the public at no charge.

BRASH BRASH: This was an unexpected treat for me. I received an email about a dinner theatre production about the pending election and decided to go. The location is quite historic and beautifully furnished. There are documents signed by early presidents on the walls. The courtyard in back was charming and features a relief of a bygone scene. Though it is a private club for artists and collectors, the location has regular openings and lectures revolving around the arts. The event I went to was affordable: $40 for a buffet dinner, a 90 minute musical, and a dessert spread afterwards. The members were all very friendly and informative, lively and welcoming.

Paul A: Nice historical place with a conference room for meetings.

Margaret Jones: You have to check website on when can see art or events open to non-members. Can also sign up on email list.

Marie-B CDA: This "temporary" White House is a very elegant home where exhibits, concerts, lectures, poetry readings, ballets are hosted and fine lunches and dinners are served. Every room is elegantly decorated and in the spirit of Monroe. The garden is a nice additio.. The Club offers membership to Artists and drawing/painting classes are taught. A very pleasant place to visit or become a member.

Dr. Laura Reid: It is a beautiful facility with a beautiful grand piano on the second floor. And houses a lovely space for meetings

Michelle Peete: Small art museum nestled close to GW University. A great venue for intimate events. Large patio area for outdoor activities. The food was adequate. Great service.

Jeffrey Kipers: Great place for event such as a wedding reception

6. Art Museum of the Americas

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240 reviews
Art Museum of the Americas
Location
4
Price / Quality
4.1
Variety Functions
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.1
Wifi
4.9

Address: 201 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 370-0147

Guy: Art gallery


Review: "It only has a few rooms but it's a quiet little respite from all the chaos ..."

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eriko p: What an oasis! This is a very small museum. It feels more like a gallery space. There is $5 donation if you want, but it is free. The building is charming and I am guessing it was once a beautiful home. We truly loved Geandy Pavon's work. She is truly a talented artist. I especially enjoyed the tiled enclosed patio with the wall of windows looking out towards the garden. If you want a experience a small museum and don't have a lot of time, the Art Museum of the Americas is a perfect escape from the city and for one to enjoy art.

Hilda Kroll: If you've never visited this wonderful little museum, now is the perfect time to go. It's open every day except Monday. A short walk from the DAR Museum, Renwick and White House. Lots of places to eat near the Foggy Bottom Metro.

Kausthob Das: Nice place to spend some free time if you are around the national mall area. 3 blocks away from the monument and has ample of street parking

ReCreate Artworks: The most beautiful place I’ve ever been. I wish I could have stayed longer. You could EASILY spend an entire day here—wear comfy shoes and make sure you go downstairs!

Jill Greenstein: Beautiful small gallery. Historic building. Temporary exhibition of work by contemporary Mexican women well curated from the museum's permanent collection. Lots of wall text to introduce the somewhat unknown (in the US) feminist artists. Well curated.

Austin Graff: I love a good museum, but this one is one that's safe to miss in DC: 1) It's VERY small. There are only two floors to it and the art isn't the best in DC. 2) They take suggested donations, so it does cost unless you want to feel guilty as the museum workers stare you down if you don't pay. Pluses: 1) One of the rooms is beautiful with its blue walls and cool architecture. 2) The back of the museum is great with a beautiful fountain. It would be a great place to rent for an event!

Lauren Brown: Small, free museum. The art was well curated. The top floor is from the collection. The second floor is for special exhibits. The front desk person seemed like he wanted to go home. I had a hard time seeing it because of all of the tour buses parked in the area. Bathrooms on the top floor. No gift shop.

Yinzú Nairouz: Love this small museum. It is free and the exhibitions change. They have a good outdoor space at the back

Sam Odle: Beautiful & often overlooked art museum! It’s not very big and parking nearby can be difficult so metro + walk or bike if you aren’t visiting at an off hour. Pro tip: download UniGuide from the App Store to have a self guided experience and not have to play around with getting that set up when you’re there.

Mary McPartland: Such a beautiful, unique, authentic Spanish-lovers artistically wonderful center. Peaceful and quiet interiors right near all the National Mall memorials. Great photo and art exhibit from Spanish Civil War and exhibits depicting all the strife of 1960s-70s Central and South America. Write ups next to the art are super informative. The physical space is gorgeous - open, airy, very beautiful courtyard and architecture. Very friendly reception and well kept grounds. Stop by for a history art lesson!

7. Culture House DC

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Culture House DC
Location
4.8
Price / Quality
4.1
Variety Functions
4.9
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.3

Address: 700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Sat

Guy: Art gallery


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Traveling Terrezzas: So we had stopped by to take a picture of the beautiful community center. It was obvious a church reclaimed by artists and is vibrant and so colorful. I have never seen anything like it. Inside is urban, community art and it honestly is inviting for all types. There are also artwork outside to admire people's creativity and artistic ability to appreciate. Parking is a little difficult as it is non-existent and any street parking is permit for the apartment complex next to it.

Stacey Sutton: I went to Candlelight: Vivaldi last night put on by FeverUp at Culture House and it was Absolutely AMAZING. This was held in the basement of the art gallery (which I really want to visit after seeing the reviews). There was a small stage with ~90 folding chairs, a small bar, a nice wide middle isle, and great acoustics. There were a couple of small things that I mentioned during my feedback survey that I hope FeverUp might do differently in the future. But on the whole, last night was the most talented quartet I've ever heard...playing beautiful music and educating/entertaining us between scores... in beautiful ambiance. It was truly beautiful. I can ONLY imagine how long it took to set everything up. I have already booked more events and can't wait until the next one. BTW, there's not really any parking nearby so I would keep that in mind when deciding on footwear. It took me ~10mins to walk from Waterfront Metro...but I walk fast.

Samuel Satterfield: Beautiful community space. Tons of art and gallery space. Nice outdoors area. Great indoor space for community events. Not very Metro accessible so if you’re planning a visit, I recommend coming by car or being prepared to walk. But once you get here, it’s easy to spend an hour or two just walking around and looking and what there is to see. Take some time out of a weekend to check it out.

Kaila C: This was my first time going to this session and I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was WELCOMING and NON-JUDGMENTAL. I am a entry level dancer with no experience at all. So, I was a little worried about how this was going to work, but the instructor O she made it a fun and confidence gaining experience. I will recommend anyone to attend if your looking for fun and building confidence.

Joan Masterman: Attended candlelight Vivaldi concert at Culture House. Took metro - easy trip! Beautiful venue; toured art exhibits after concert.

Natasha Shokouhi: *Heart Love Eyes* (x 1,000) We have nothing else like this in DC. For so long DC lacked the urban art culture that so many other cities had booming way before us. So it's really lovely to see all the wonderful additions in DC, and Blind Whino is one! The building itself is a beautiful historic church. And then you add gorgeous colors and art to it?! DUH! How could it not be amazing?! So many weddings and private events happen here, and I can totally see why. Such a wonderful venue space. On top of being a venue space, Blind Whino has rooms that are transformed into art galleries. They feature different artists and exhibits. Although small, definitely a great space. Again, the building alone is amazing enough art to see! I could stare at Blind Whino for days and never get bored. Beautiful. Free parking lot. And plenty of street parking.

Shirley O-D: I came here for a candlelight concert last week. It is definitely a dope spot and I will be back another time just to explore the space more and see the art.

First Account: We took our family here for the hip hop pop up museum and it was a lot of fun. The kids loved learning about the history of hip hop and seeing the memorabilia from the various eras.

Darren D: Stopped by to take some photos. This place is fantastic. Would love to see some live music here...as I am sure the venue would be amazing for a great band. Definatly a must see for the artsy fartsy type.

Garrett B: This is one of the premier art enclaves in D.C. The newest collection features a dad capturing pictures of his son in a space suit in numerous different scenarios to illustrate the exploration and continuous discovery of children. From the evanescent colors adorning the building to the awesome and kind people who run the spot, this is a must see for D.C.

8. National Gallery of Art - East Building

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National Gallery of Art - East Building
Location
4.6
Price / Quality
4.4
Variety Functions
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4
Wifi
5

Address: 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20565

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 737-4215

Guy: Art museum


Review: "There's a room solely dedicated for Picasso."

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Da-Wang Wu: The East building might have less collection compared to the West building, but the overall space design and collection are still pretty amazing! This building has the modern and contemporary collections, and there are also some outdoor sculptures, including the rooftop and the side of the entrance. There’s an underground tunnel connecting to the West building, which is also beautifully designed. Overall, we enjoy visiting the East building!

Alabama OUTSIDErs: Incredible museum, as you would expect from a part of the National Gallery of Art. The building has a lot of cool architectural highlights, along with the art. The East Building isn't huge, so it doesn't take a long time to peruse everything. The main building, of course, is gigantic. The cool walkway pictured takes you between both buildings, underground.

A.J. Nowaczyk: There is so much amazing stuff in here. The Calder room itself is very impressive. Staff are very helpful. Some of my favorites are: 1. Hahn/Cock (2013) by #KatharinaFritsch 2. Genesis (1942) by #Matta 3. The City from Greenwich Village (1922) by #JohnSloan 4. Cape Cod Evening (1939) by #EdwardHopper 5. Both Members of This Club (1909) by #GeorgeBellows 6. Still Life: The Table (1928) by #GeorgesBraque 7. Harlequin Musician (1924) by #PabloPicasso 8. A Boy for Meg (1962) by #AndyWarhol 9. Tulip Car #1 (1966) by #VijaCelmins (a personal favorite) 10. Infinity Nets Yellow (1960) by #YayoiKusama (really amazing technique, it was massive, but zoomed in on the strokes)

L. H.: awesome!! all the people working were super helpful and knowledgeable, it’s a little tricky to find your way around some parts! the artwork on display is so worth going to see! great for a rainy or cold day!

Mohammad “Mo” Mumtaz: Incredible gallery with tons to do. I was overwhelmed by how much there was to see, so it will likely take 2 trips to explore the entire east/west sides of the museum. Awesome Cafe on site for if you need a quick bite or coffee as well. One of my favorite museums in DC!

Trevor Park: Amazing collection of art. Was lucky to see the Rothko, Newman, Caulder and Pop exhibits. Seemed a little in transition during this visit with a number of exhibits closed or under maintenance.

Kevin Shim: My wife is a fan of Rothko.If you are the same, go to the very top of Tower 1. You won’t be disappointed with all the Rothkos up there.

LV: Comparatively to the East building, the west building is a bit deceptive. But the art collections are still very interesting and the roof terrace gives a nice view of Washington.

Adam Mutch: Had no idea how good the collection is here. Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh, Renoir are all represented. Even Da Vinci. Plus the buildings are just stunning.

David Gilbank: An amazing, breathtaking experience. See original works by Da Vinci, Van Gough, Rembrandt, Picasso, Monet...the list goes on. Mesmerising and wonderful. A once-in-a-lifetime (if you dont live in Washington!). Go. Put it at the top of your list. The building and design is superb.

9. Katzen Arts Center at American University

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Katzen Arts Center at American University
Location
4.6
Price / Quality
4.8
Variety Functions
4.8
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Fri

Telephone: (202) 885-1000

Guy: Art center


Review: Their website mentions studio art

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Lenny Campello: This is a world class Museum and pretty much also the only museum in the capital area which pays any attention to regional artists, as all other DC area museums think of themselves as "national" museums, and their curators would rather take a cab to Dulles Airport for a flight to Berlin to visit an emerging artist there than a cab to Georgetown or Alexandria to visit a local artist's studio.

jen winslow: Check opening hours as they are limited. It's worth the trip to this area of DC. A wonderful art museum away from the masses.

sarah gordon: My favorite place for art openings. Space is huge and inspiring. So open. Best building on American University campus. Best place to feel art.

Cynthia Smith: The 3 Week Intensive Opera Curriculum gave Students exposure to Voice coaches, Acting Coach, Recital Coach, and so much more. I was a Volunteer there for a couple of days and was Blessed. Truly Blessed!

Connor: Typically very quiet and not crowded, it’s a nice place to visit to avoid the crowds at the Smithsonian

Michael Burke: Very nice, on the campus of American University

Alison Raffaldt: Art exhibits are free to the public. Parking costs, but is right underneath the building.

Kat: Beautiful space. Interesting shows. Free parking evenings and weekends

Timothy J. Stevenson: Good well run location for the Washington Antiques Show for many years in January.

Livio Azzoni: Small, but very interesting modern art exhibits

10. Art Enables

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Art Enables
Location
4.3
Price / Quality
4.1
Variety Functions
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.6

Address: 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 554-9455

Guy: Art gallery


Review: "Excellent gallery and studio with a good mission."

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Andrea MHattler: In the heart of the emerging art area of the District of Columbia in North East is this exquisite program for artists with disabilities. This is not a locale for people with disabilities to do artsy things. This is a studio for grounded, established, artists who would otherwise not have a venue to foster and enable (see what I did there?) their skills and talents. Professionally run, with sensitivity to the creative process and the needs of the artists this studio provides a welcoming, safe, well supplied, and well structured environment for artists in the District to express themselves in a 2 dimensional manner. The works, licensed and otherwise, provide income for the artists as well as the studio, as any professional studio is designed to do. The artists in residence are all recognized for their talents and ability, as well as for their potential further development within the artistic community. The amazing gallery spaces host works of the artists at Art Enables as well as their partner galleries Touchstone where all items are available for sale. This is a program and gallery are worth the trip to this section of DC!

Lauren Sauer: What a great space with a great purpose and some great pieces for sale. Show some love and support for a group that supports persons with disabilities self expression through art and is open to the community for free the second sat of every month for art workshops.

Antonio A. Camacho: Beautiful atmosphere. The artists here are truly unique.

Kenny Oliver: This place is AWESOME!!! The work they do to assist people of all abilities with art work is inspiring and uplifting. Kudos!!

Jameia Saunders: This place is full of talented artists with and without disabilities. Such a great platform full of artists! Go check out the art!

Deborah Akwei: Great organization that provides fine arts training to people with disabilities in order to help them create income and amarket for their art.

Aimee W.: A unique art space with wonderful exhibitions by artists from the DMV area. This is a definite place to visit.

Marc Ness: Fantastic spot. Good art and great mission. My late wife loved the art here, as do I.

Susan Wallington: Great location! Tabled at D.C. Zine Fest here a few weeks back and it was a lot of fun!

Rose Sokol: Excellent gallery and studio with a good mission. Great Saturday workshops.

11. Luther W. Brady Art Gallery

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Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
Location
4.2
Price / Quality
5
Variety Functions
4.2
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Wifi
4.7

Address: 500 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: (202) 994-1525

Guy: Art gallery


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Hilda Kroll: Worth stopping in when you're walking to or from the Renwick and DAR Museums. The former location was smaller, but I found the exhibits more interesting.

Paul Blake: The building is a Faraday Cage – no mobile phone reception as soon as you walk through the door.

12. Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

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Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
Location
4.4
Price / Quality
4.1
Variety Functions
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Wifi
5

Address: 8th Street Northwest &, G St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-7970

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Muneer Khan: It's a one of the finest place for art and portrait lovers. You can imagine the world of portraits along with their history in audio. You can sit over the third floor and take some free time. Very good decorations and explanations. Amazing place. Earlier it was at my least priority but once I entered inside the building I lost among the finest paintings and portrait. I spent more than 3 hours in this huge museum.

James Walker: During my weekend visit, I experienced the Cherry Blossom Family Celebration with traditional music, that drew large crowds. Inside the Kogod Courtyard was the flower exhibit, showcasing Orchids. Finally, took in the artwork that covers several levels of this huge building. Take the stairs or elevators to get around. Restrooms on all levels, souvenir shops and a cafe are currently open.

Hilda Kroll: Now is a great time to visit the Kogod Courtyard during the Orchid Exhibit. Always interesting exhibits to see as well as the permanent SAAM and Portrait Gallery collections.

Roderick Wells: Great place to visit, especially if your short on time and can't run into any lines. Great seating area to eat and chill highly recommend it.

Amanda Dennis: The Portrait gallery is great fun. The history is amazing.Don't forget to visit the third floor, with the stained glass doors gorgeous tile floor! That was where Lincoln was inaugurated!

A To Z Sales 1: We had purchased a couple of American flags🇺🇸🇺🇸from a vendor, and upon arrival, not even getting in the door good. We were asked to get rid of our flags, that they were not allowed inside. We even asked if they would hold on to them while we toured and they refused.....very un- American!!! The artwork was amazing, but the experience really killed the vibe.

Shaopeng Yuan: Very beautiful building and good place to meet up with friends to spend a weekend.

Junhyun Park: Very interesting place!! A lot of history and people including the presidents, founding fathers, American natives, artists and celebrities. I could learn a lot from this fantastic museum.

Raul Jauregui: Figurative masterpiece assembly. Absolutely perfect way to learn US history through images. And a lovely building with original tyle floors upstairs.

Len Oppenheimer: Amazing "stop and stare" portraits of American names in history.

13. Freer Gallery of Art

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Freer Gallery of Art
Location
4.3
Price / Quality
4.5
Variety Functions
4.1
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.5

Address: 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-1000

Guy: Art museum


Review: "and the peacock room!"

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Jozlantice Tucker: This museum stop for me was very spur of the moment. We thought we weren't going to be in there long, but everything was so nice we spent alot of time there. As we walked it showed us different geographic areas of Asian art. My favorite was the pottery and the Indian sculptures. This museum also connects to the African art museum I think. Very nice place to pace yourself and just look at the art. This place gave a nice sense of peace.

Hilda Kroll: Unfortunately, the Freer and Sackler are temporarily closing again. Luckily, I got to see the fabulous Fashioning an Empire exhibit today. I hope it will still be here when the museum reopens in the future.

LeeAnna Springer: Well layed out and easy to see every piece on display. All prices have a label with clear explanations of the history of the object. Quiet and clean with a nice gift shop on the basement level.

travelswithadiplomat: Superb small museum and gallery. Wandered in on Thursday (only open Thursday to Sunday) and barely saw another person which enabled a very peaceful, languid inspection of everything. The Peacock Room makes this a must-visit place on the Mall. Ambience quiet, cool temperatures, well labeled artifacts giving context. Highly recommended.

Gary Seybold: This was a great museum to visit on a cold Saturday! Lovely Asian art to see and wonder how they were created so beautifully such a long time ago. How they managed to stay in such great condition is another mystery!! Visit and you will not be disappointed!

Heleen Raes: This museum has a beautiful collection of Asian art, including the gorgeous peacock room. It’s very nice to visit.

Mario Moquete: I wish I could have spent more time in this museum. Amazing exhibits

Ken Woods: Stumbled upon this gem and enjoyed every minute of my visit. More information on how the pieces were acquired should accompany the art itself. Unless we don't want to talk about that.

Sherazade Ariavand: One of my favorite museums. Can't wait for the renovation to be done.

Satyaki Mitra: Excellent collecion of predominantly historical art from the far east, west Asia and the Indian subcontnent.

14. Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building

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Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building
Location
4.4
Price / Quality
4.2
Variety Functions
4.4
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.4

Address: 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 633-1000

Guy: Museum


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Credible Critic: An awesome museum. We visited when the "Future" exhibit was in place. Good exhibit with lots of content and hand on interactive things for people to participate. Like other Smithsonian museums, this one is free, you just walk in and enjoy what were being shown. It is such a good privilege that is available to everyone. May be this is the only country in the world that grants its citizens this privilege. Our family enjoyed this museum every time we came to Washington DC. Beautiful grounds, very supportive staff. It is a good outing for a family....

Sapphire Blue: This was a fun place to stumble upon. There was a lot of inventions that they have thought about to help the future. Although who knows when they're able to produce it all throughout the world. There's so much history and innovation in the displays they have. Some are interactive, ( most are not) but it was fun to walk through the whole thing. You can easily spend an hour reading everything and wowing at the displays.

Michelle Torres: I cannot explain how wonderful my experience was at the Smithsonian. The Futures Exhibit was absolutely worth my three visits there. Although I found all of the art displayed to be amazing, the Me Plus You sculpture by Amazon A.I. displayed directly in the center of the Smithsonian was by far my favorite piece in the exhibit. The sculpture itself is stunning, sophisticated, fun, and intriguing. I was honored to have met the beautiful creator, and the absolutely amazing team that brought this grand sight to life. Although I found everything to be interactive and enjoyable, it was a very insightful learning experience to see how far we have come in technology. This combination of fun, and learning makes the exhibit perfect for adults and children alike. This has definitely been an experience I will never forget. Whether alone, with your partner, or with family and friends I highly recommend taking the time to visit the Smithsonian Arts + Industries building. It's definitely a memory worth making.

Erica Coker: Of all the interesting things to see at the Smithsonian museums, a favorite of mine was the Futures exhibit at the Arts and Industries building. The exhibits were interactive. There was something for everyone. I hope that this becomes a permanent installation within this building. Entrance was free and it was not crowded. People moved through the exhibits at their own pace and there was no waiting in lines. Recommend checking this one out!

Darryl Royer: Lots of very cool exhibits! There are some neat hands on exhibits too that kids would enjoy. Not very big can get through the whole museum in about an hour. Great place to kill some time.

Juergen S: Great Futures exhibit going on now. Well organized and while there is a lot, it's just enough to keep kid's attention and not so much to overwhelm and keep them there longer than their attention span lasts. Had a great time.

Samuel Grindstaff: The architecture of the building is fantastic. The futures exhibit has a lot of little things for school age children. There wasn't a line and it takes about a half hour to see everything. If your kids get involved in the exhibits it may take a bit longer.

Muniba Khan: Me and my friend walked in while we were in the area to check out the Futures exhibit. It's an innovative and exciting exhibit! I definitely recommend it if you're a nerd about science, technology, and/or design.

Christina Brandsma: Great futures exhibit! There were interactive kid activities and a really thoughtful display of futuristic things grouped in 4 different areas. I highly recommend visiting!

Jeff Tong: Wow. Just wow. The free FUTURES exhibit runs until July 6, 2022. They have so many inspirational and informative pieces of art. They've a Virgin Hyperloop pod, a self flying helicopter, a closed system hydroponics exhibit, and just so many more. There are also historical artifacts like a braille typewriter and items from old World Fairs. Definitely a do not miss!!

15. Dupont Underground

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Dupont Underground
Location
4.6
Price / Quality
5
Variety Functions
4.1
Possibility of Parking
4.1
Wifi
4

Address: 19 Dupont Cir NW, Washington, DC 20036

Guy: Arts organization


Review: "Room for hundreds seated plus gallery spaces."

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Jessica: Dope venue!! Loved the art! I found it on event bright and went for a comedy show. It was cheap so the show was so much better than expected. All of the comedians were hilarious! I’ll definitely bring my friends there next time I’m visiting DC.

Regina Mock: Couldn’t rate this place higher but it is a beautiful celebration and artist space for amplifying voices and ideas! Have gone many times and to a few events during Pride Month for the drag shows! Even though it was a smaller crowd, the space made it feel that the energy had tripled!

Aránzazu Ascunce: If you need to get away from the heat, take a stroll in the cool underground gallery right beneath Dupont Circle. You will be exposed to local artists in images displayed through projectors on a white wall that circles along a track of what used to be a hope of a station. We were also very appreciative of the warm welcome by Chris the Director of Operations. We hope to visit soon again!

Charles Hunter: All the times I past Dupont Underground growing up I never got the chance to see what's down there until now. The echo makes the place loud and lack of light takes away from what it could be. I hope it remains open and gets to grow more.

bherm100: This is a tourist trap pretending to be an art venture. It's just some carts selling the usual tourist items. Keychains, houseplants, hats. Basic low quality gift store stuff. They will also pressure you to buy. Not nice salespeople running things. Avoid this place.

LOVStudios: The place is OKAY. They let every wannabe artist and exhibitor into the space, so it is a hit or miss experience. The place is cool-looking enough, they should have invested in a more polished artist and gotten real murals. I would be disappointed at the lack of bathrooms but I doubt it would be properly maintained anyway and that's worse. No cell signal so be prepared unless your provider is a superhero. If you have Xfinity Hotspot, you are good to go.

Mike: A pretty fun venue. The acostics are pretty rough, so a loud DJ drowns out any hope of a conversation. We went for the ClickDC event and had a great time. The venue set the scene very well.

Mischa: Very nice place to look at street art underground, and I hope they will add even more!

Toby Manjarress: Amazing hidden space where freedom and creativity meet. Bought a smooth, sweet cigar ($10) from cigarsbyreuben.com and stationary/stickers from @pencilroots on Instagram. I think the pictures speak for themselves.

Lauren Hanyok: It's an amazing art and performance venue that feels like another world! I performed in the Cabaret Rising: One Nation Underground Immersive in February 2018 and loved it!

16. Anacostia Arts Center

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Anacostia Arts Center
Location
4.8
Price / Quality
4.6
Variety Functions
4.4
Possibility of Parking
4.3
Wifi
4.9

Address: 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 510-9297

Guy: Business center


Review: "An Eclectic combination of meeting rooms boutiques and fabulous ..."

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Sowmya Pelluru: A great space with warm staff! Highly recommend this space for any event needs. It's also well worth going in to check out the beautiful art showcased in the space.

Austin Graff: I initially came here for the Yelp 10 Year Birthday Bash in 2014 and recently returned to check it out outside of the hype of an event (GREAT event space by the way). I came on a Saturday afternoon with my buddy who I grab dinner with every Tuesday. It wasn't crowded, which was a nice change from our usual always crowded spots (La Colombe, Maketto, Potter's House). Parking is always easy to find and there's many tables, outlets, and free wifi in the actual art gallery in the front of the center. In the very table, you have Nurish, a restaurant/coffee shop that brews La Colombe coffee. Nurish has it's own seating area, but if you want window seating, go to the front of the center. The center also has a handful of boutique clothing shops. I walked away from the Anacostia Arts Center enjoying my experience and thinking it has a lot of potential.

Sherly Debrosse: I really hate when I have to write a negative review for a black owned business because I love working with my people. We wanted to have a concert in the small theater at Anacostia which is a very nice setting. When we learned it was all black owned we were excited to work with their team. 1) It took us weeks to to get in touch with someone. We left several voicemails and emails before finally someone reached back. 2) Jessica, one of the managers is very unprofessional and handles work communications as if she was arguing with her friends. A lot of unnecessary pettiness when the client dares to give a feedback she doesn't like. 3) Days before the event she told us we couldn't sell snacks, while we've discussed the matter with her from the beginning. At that point we had already paid the caterer we ordered from. Her excuse was she didn't realize it was in the contract. 4) The day of: thank God we arrived at the venue early enough because nothing was cleaned. My musicians had to help carry things out of the room. 5) The sound system which is included in the price was simply terrible. Not only it is poor quality, but the mics keeps going off during performances which totally breaks the atmosphere we wanted to create. 6) If with all of that Jessica wasn't petty and had a nasty attitude I would have considered working with them again since now I knew what to expect. Again the black box really was perfect for our vision, and we prefer to support black owned businesses. I would've simply hire a different company for sound. However inability to take criticism is not something we wish to deal with on top of everything else. The cherry on top: Our guest's car got broke in, window was smashed, so definitely not the safest neighborhood. Now, you have a great holiday Jess!!!

G Carlos Henderson: A great destination of your looking for quality black owned businesses and even a great worship experience focusing on Christian faith based in African tradition and metaphysics.

Sharonda Lewis: I went so far only once, but I plan to go back and explore a little more. I went to shop at The Food Factory, which was a good experience. The owner of that shop, Amanda, is so cool and passionate about her mission to bring more healthy food options to certain food deserts in DC. There are other shops in AAC that piqued my interest, so I'll be back😉

Barbra Bearden: Really nice shops, artwork, and a great consignment store in the back.

cheryl monroe: Food Factory I never knew was there. Mahagony books right in the neighborhood!

Kenzi La Toy: A welcoming environment to all. I love this place!! Not only are you able to shop for beautiful, unique, clothes created by local and international designers. You will be able to purchase vegan cuisine and organic foods. Receive certain medical care, and more. It's a one stop shop and a #hiddengem in ward 8.

kemuna p: This place is a versatilite collective of businesses and program offerings with art mixed in. The welcoming atmosphere offers various types of art, a community board (table), books, groceries, hot food, clothes, and even a chiropractic office. All of the business clerks are professional and courteous. The clothes are pricey (even in the vintage boutique) but the collections are good quality and the items are versatile.

Greg: Very nice my first time here

17. National Portrait Gallery

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National Portrait Gallery
Location
4.4
Price / Quality
4.4
Variety Functions
4.3
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.1

Address: 8th and G Streets, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-8300

Guy: Art museum


Review: "This place is so big with so many rooms and pieces of art."

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E Blount: The National Portrait Gallery was a really nice experience. There are themed galleries as well as the presidential gallery. If I remember correctly there are 3 floors to explore. There are elevators for those that can't or don't want to walk. It is completely FREE and no ticket required. If you bring a bag it must be worn on the front of your body so that you don't accidentally damage an exhibit.

ReCreate Artworks: This is the best art gallery in DC in my opinion. It’s beautiful, unique and calming. There’s an atrium in the center that provides a dreamy place to sit and rest. My favorite thing about this gallery, however, is that there’s conservationists you can watch at work. When you walk into this museum it’s like being in a different world. Each space creates such a unique atmosphere and is breathtaking to say the least.

Klau Pao: The Gallery is amazing, you will probably spend 2 hours there. It has very beautiful portraits, one of my favorites was Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington and everything related to Abraham Lincoln as well as the amazing portrait of the Supreme Court Justices! Wow what a place to put on my memory box! I loved it!

M J: I really enjoyed the National Portrait Gallery which shares buildings with the American Art Museum (they each have a side on both buildings). The Hall of Presidents was excellent. I really enjoyed seeing the 2022 Potrait Contest and enjoyed voting for my favorite Portrait. There is a 50 year Anniversary exhibit for the Watergate Scandal and we almost visited on the actual anniversary so that was cool. There are a lot of different portraits of Americans on display and they are pretty randomly spread out between the rooms. All in all, expect to spend 1 1/2-2 hours at this part of the museum. I will say, some teens and kids who are not the most intellectually driven may find it boring as there are not interactive exhibits.

Ray: I didn't know there is this museum until we walked by on the way to Chinatown for lunch. We visited it after lunch. It's great to see some of the arts that I have seen in books or videos in person. Kids enjoyed it as well as we got into some good discussions on some sculpture pieces.

Ukvayat Hanak: The National Portrait Gallery gets 4/5 for all the exhibit areas that are closed right now. Many renovations going on! So many varied exhibits though. A great place to host a catered event. Check em out!

Kathy W: Museum is really big and has so much to see. We spent a good amount of time at kogot courtyard which happens to have orchids displays. Beautiful and fun place for people of all ages. Parking was somewhat challenging but really worth the trip.

Salsabil Yeasmin: Such a beautiful museum. They have free entrance but I would suggest to make a donation even if it's just a dollar or some change. They have worked hard to keep the museum safe, clean and organized. The artwork represents what America is about and our diversity. I simply loved the experience in there.

beyondTabu: This museum is really nice… but this review isn’t about the museum directly. It’s about the staff/security. We’ve been to several other museums and they all seem to have the same attitude. They yell/scream at you from across the room, to not do something or that you’re breaking their rules (that aren’t clearly posted anywhere). It’s very disrespectful and unprofessional. This mentality seems to be widespread in all the museums recently. It’s like they’ve had no customer service training at all. They have a little power and wield it unabated. It upsets our day really makes us not want to visit the attractions.

Joshua Russell: This is one of our favorite museums in DC by far. You get a wide array of art here on three floors. This is located right in Chinatown across the street from Capital One Arena with two entrances. One thing to note if you are being a bag it has to be worn in front of you at all times. We recently came here and I would say my favorite areas were the special exhibition of the dual artists and their stories. They show one piece of art from the artist and tells the story of their connection. They have a Jackson Pollock called Heading West which was really neat to his art before the drip style. Another favorite was the Hung Liu portraits, the way she did them is nothing I’ve seen before and really showed great expression. I also enjoyed the social Justice exhibition as it covered a wide variety of areas and include very moving stories. I highly recommend coming here and spending a couple hours browsing.

18. Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at GW

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Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at GW
Location
4.6
Price / Quality
4.2
Variety Functions
5
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Wifi
4.9

Address: 500 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Telephone: (202) 994-1700

Guy: Art school


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Hilda Kroll: The current exhibit has some very interesting photos, paintings, and sculpture. It would have helped so much to have some information about the pieces.

Austin Graff: The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is in the old Corcoran Museum flanking the Executive Building by the White House. It's centrally located in Washington, D.C and a beautiful space. It's in an old building set up like a museum making the school's art shows out of this world. There are spiraling staircases, courtyards and room after room of beautifully designed art. If you get invited to an event here, say yes!

Gigi G.: Attended a graduate open house and learn a lot about the program and met some staff of other programs and they were fabulous to hear from.

Yesica Suarez: Architecturally, the buildong is awe inspiring. I think it really captures your eyes. The exhibitions for the Lone Prairie, Breaking Cultural Boundaries, Cartoons and the Color exhibitions were interesting. They definitely were trying to tell a meaningful story. I think the cartoon exhibit was successfully set up, but the others needed more content and guidance to trully unfold. There's ton of space to work with in the building so it needed to be used effectively so it wouldn't feel empty

Luis B: Corcoran School is mainly focused on promoting the arts. Friends of mine who have attended the college have had both good and bad things to say based on their experiences. One of the pros of the school is the events and gallery showings that often take place within it's walls. If you're a DC native, or city walker, you may want to check up on Corcoran and see what's going on from time to time.

Asad Jan: The Corcoran Gallery of Art was an art museum in Washington, D.C. Prior to its closing, it was one of the oldest privately supported cultural institutions in the United States capital. Starting in 1890, a museum school, later known as the Corcoran College of Art + Design, co-existed with the gallery. The museum's main focus was American art. In 2014, after decades of financial problems, the Corcoran entered into an agreement with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) and the George Washington University whereby almost all of the gallery's 17,000 work collection was placed under the care of the NGA, while the school and historic 17th street gallery building continued operations as a part of the George Washington University's new Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.

Yaser AlSaghrji: One of the architectural gems of the Nation Capital

Es K: Saw a phenomenal end of year exhibit some years ago

Nik Novakkain: So much talent and this is one of the best schools/museum

Arnold Thomas Bigger: Course selection is very good; faculty and staff are very good; and general vibe is good.

19. The Phillips Collection

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The Phillips Collection
Location
4.6
Price / Quality
4.1
Variety Functions
4
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Wifi
5

Address: 1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 387-2151

Guy: Modern art museum


Review: "so many rooms full of a variety of great art and artists."

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Karin E: So many wonderful art works to check in this collection. They have both temporary and permanent collections. The Picasso temporary collection is magnificent. Picasso Blue period art works are breathtaking, full of hidden layers and meanings. We took our kids with us. Both the teenager and the 8 year old son enjoyed a lot specifically the sculptures section.

Devin Pendergast: An excellent experience, highly recommended. The staff is super friendly and welcoming, and the art is incredible. Most recently there are renovations and new installations which have closed two main floors, but the rest of the collection is so worth it. They have several events each month which fill up fast, so get tickets early.

J Monique C: Lovely collection of various "classic" and contemporary work. Be sure to speak to the greeters and docents. They have such great knowledge of the pieces. I learned so much about the artwork, history, and artisans.

Walt Kosty: Visited Phillips specifically to see the exhibit “Picasso, Painting the Blue Period”, which runs through June 12th, 2022, and was quite pleased with the experience. The Museum opened in 1921, as is known as “America’s First Museum of Modern Art”, and is located in Dupont Circle, a historic DC neighborhood. The exhibit was a much a history lesson regarding Picasso’s influences for his work as it was an opportunity to experience a terrific collection of his work during this period. Although the exhibition was the draw for the visit the Museum has a wonderful collection of modern American and European art well deserving of a visit. Prepare for a lovely experience in this beautiful old building.

germaine andino: You’ll need to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask, which is a plus for some and not for others. Current collection today (3/6/2022) is a special exhibit on Picasso’s blue to pink period. Really an amazing assembly of pieces from across the artist early career.

Jean Westcott: A treasure among the mansions of Embassy Row. One of the finest collections of modern art accompanied by various special exhibits. With so many free museums in DC it has to be special as admission is $16, and it is.

吴锐恒(Ruiheng Edbalt Wu): There are always special reasons to visit a city. For me, the painting 'Le Déjeuner des canotiers' (Luncheon of the Boating Party) is in the Phillip Collection, Washington DC. The Phillip Collection is one of the earliest modern art museums in the USA. Today, there is also an exhibition of Picasso.

Raymond Ellis: I really enjoyed the Museum. All of the artwork was interesting. I especially liked the exhibits Seeing Differently..., the Jacob Lawrence exhibits, Inside Outside... and Ghosts by Marley Dawson.

Robert Williams: The Boating Party is always on display. They have several Van Goghs. Definitely worth a trip, if only for these.

Michael Lidell: The Phillips has an impressive collection of Impressionist and Modern art. Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party" is one of their masterpieces, and Jacob Lawrence's "Migration Series" should not be missed.