United States

500 Seventeenth Street NW

Phone: 202.639.1700
Website: www.corcoran.org

Corcoran Gallery Of Art

The Corcoran Gallery of Art stands as a major center of American art, both historic and contemporary. Founded 'for the purpose of encouraging American Genius', the Corcoran’s extensive collection of 18th, 19th, and 20th century American art represents most significant American artists. The Corcoran possesses a fine collection of European art as well. While continuing its efforts to represent historic American works, the gallery also encourages modern European and American artists by showing and purchasing their work, paying particular attention to artists in the Washington area.

Permanent Collection

The collection's paintings and sculpture are the legacy of William Wilson Corcoran (1798-1888), the museum's founder and a leading patron of American art. Together with its noted holdings of 19th-century American prints and drawings, the collection brings us face-to-face with the people, the landscape and the lifestyles of a dramatically different time.
In keeping with its founder's commitment to the art of his day, the Corcoran continues to broaden its collection to include a wide selection of works by contemporary artists. Today, the Corcoran is renowned for its collection of 20th-century painting, sculpture and photography. In total, the Corcoran's American holdings illuminate the nation's history and artistic development from colonial times through the 20th century.


Designing a New World 1914 - 1939
Through JULY 29, 2007

European Art from the Collection
Through September, 2007

Olga Hirshhorn Collects
Selections from the Permanent Collection
Through July 8, 2007

CCA+D Senior Thesis Exhibitions
Gallery 31
Through May 27, 2007

Previous Exhibitions

Exhibitions from 2006

Joan of Arc

The Paradise Institute

Photographs from the Permanent Collection

Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection

Robert Weingarten: Palette Series

The Eyes of History
Award-Winning Photographs by Members of the White House News Photographers' Association

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
National Student Art Exhibition of 2006
at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Botanical Treasures of Lewis & Clark
New Art for the Bicentennial

2006 U.S. Presidential Scholars
in the Literary and Visual Arts

Expressions 2006

Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective

Reflections from the Heart: Photographs by David Seymour

John Singer Sargent: Portraits and Models

Ronald Gonzales: Fated Objects and Strange Progeny

Forthcoming exhibitions

September 15, 2007 - January 27, 2008
Ansel Adams

October 13, 2007 - January 13, 2008
Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005

October 27, 2007 -
Wild Choir: Cinematic Portraits by Jeremy Blake


Adults $14
Senior/Military $12
Students $10
Members and children under 6 years of age are free

Opening hours

Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Gallery is closed Tuesdays.

Getting there

From North
Follow Connecticut Avenue South. Connecticut turns into 17th Street. The Corcoran will be on the Right at the cross streets of 17th Street and New York Avenues.

From West (via I-66)
Take Route 66 East crossing the Roosevelt Bridge. Take the E Street exit (on the left after the bridge). Follow E Street to 17th Street. The Corcoran will be on your left at the intersection of 17th and E Street.

From East (via I-95)
Take Route 95 South to Route 50 West. Follow Route 50 West which will turn into New York Avenue (West). Follow New York Avenue to 9th Street. Make a Left onto 9th Street, follow 9th Street to Constitution Avenue. Make a right on to Constitution Avenue. From Constitution Avenue, turn right on 17th Street. The Corcoran will be on the left at the intersection of 17th and E Street.

From South (via 1-395)
Take Route 395 North to the 14th Street Bridge. Follow 14th Street North. Turn Left onto Constitution Avenue (also Route 50) .
Turn Right onto 17th Street. The Corcoran will be on the left at the intersection of 17th and E Street.

Metered street parking is available in the area from 9:30 am to 4 pm daily. It's FREE after 6:30 pm, and on Sundays and holidays.

Via the city's Metro rail system, the Corcoran is just a few blocks away from two convenient stations: Farragut West- on the Orange/Blue lines (take the 17th street exit) and Farragut North-on the Red line (take the K Street exit). From either station walk south on 17th street to the Corcoran. The Corcoran is also accessible by Metro bus, numbers: 11Y, 30, 32, 35, 36, 42, G8, P17, P19, W13+ [ Read all ]


Cafe des Artistes:
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily (except Tuesday)
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursdays only
Sunday Brunch: 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Corcoran Museum Shop is open during museum hours and offers a wide selection of gifts, art books, cards, jewelry, and children's items.
A unique selection of exhibition-related products-including gifts, art books, jewelry, posters, and Modernist chairs and lamps-are available at the Modernism Shop as well as the Museum Shop.
Modernism Shop and Corcoran Museum Shop hours same as Gallery

Visitors using wheelchairs and those who are otherwise unable to climb stairs may enter the Corcoran at the E Street entrance, located near the intersection of 17th and E Street NW. After entering, please proceed down the hall to the guard's desk. From there, Corcoran staff will escort the visitors to the first and second floors of the galleries via elevator.
To access public programs in the Corcoran's Armand Hammer Auditorium, please enter using the lift provided at the New York Avenue entrance.
A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Corcoran offers private tours led by experienced museum docents for groups of 15 or more. Tours last approximately 45 minutes; meet your Docent in the Atrium. Group tours must be arranged at least a month in advance by calling the Corcoran's Education Department at (202) 639-1730.


Book a Museum Tour and introduce your students to the joy of learning through art! The Corcoran is the perfect classroom extension for exploring everything from American history to geography, literature, music and even geometry. Interactive tours explore our multicultural collection, tie into school curricula, and place emphasis on the development of important visual and critical analysis skills.

A comprehensive package of background materials and activities introduces the concepts, works of art, and vocabulary to be investigated during the tour. Student participation and enthusiasm during the museum tour is significantly enhanced by the use of this preparatory information in the classroom. Packets must be returned on the day of the tour. Museum Tours and Workshops are a FREE service of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Schedule early in the school year to get your first choice.


Sunday, April 01, 2007 2:00-4:00 p.m.
(ages 9-12)
Engineer an ultra-modern chair inspired by the sleek, modern furniture of the 20s. Families will participate in a special family tour of the exhibition and related age-appropriate activities in the Education Workshop.
Free with admission. Reservations are required.

The 'DIY' Modernist Family Weekends: Building Utopia
Saturday, April 14, 2007 Noon-4:00 p.m.
Design a dream house inspired by the principles of Modernist design. Two-levels of family self-guides (under 6; ages 7-12) are available for families to explore galleries at their own pace, with ongoing hands-on art activities in the Education Workshop.
Free with admission. No reservations necessary.

The 'DIY' Modernist Family Weekends: Building Utopia
Sunday, April 15, 2007 Noon-4:00 p.m.
Design a dream house inspired by the principles of Modernist design.
Two-levels of family self-guides (under 6; ages 7-12) are available for families to explore galleries at their own pace, with ongoing hands-on art activities in the Education Workshop.
Free with admission. No reservations necessary.


The Corcoran offers a wide array of programs for the enthusiastic art-lover and the inquisitive skeptic alike. Please see the website for listings.


As the oldest art museum in the nation's capital and its only college of art and design, the Corcoran has a tradition of artistic excellence that dates back over 130 years. Today, the Corcoran builds on this legacy, showcasing the best in contemporary and historic art and offering the area's most comprehensive programs in fine arts education.
Membership offers you an exclusive opportunity to be a part of this tradition and enjoy special access to the Corcoran's renowned permanent collection... traveling exhibitions... lectures... films... concerts... and a dazzling array of delightful social events. Members also receive valuable discounts at the Museum Shop, the Gallery's casually elegant Cafe des Artistes and the Corcoran College of Art + Design.
For more information about the different membership levels please see the Gallery's website.


Sponsorships at the Corcoran allow your company to further its philanthropic goals while expanding its marketing efforts in the greater Washington metropolitan region. Aligning your company with the Corcoran, one of the most prestigious and established art institutions in the region, provides an unparalleled opportunity to reach targeted segments of the community, and enhance relationships with your existing constituency.
As a private institution, the Corcoran can offer sponsors great freedom and flexibility as well as tailored benefits packages tailored to suit unique promotional needs. The Corcoran will work with your staff to create a comprehensive benefits package that integrates your business objectives into all components of the partnership. Benefits include press and promotion, recognition, hospitality, community presence, and employee rewards.

Venue hire

The Corcoran's spectacular beaux-arts building is a favorite location for Washington's most important social events. Enjoy a reception on the Bridge overlooking our magnificent sky-lit Atrium and wander through grand exhibition galleries. After descending the Grand Staircase, dine in the formal splendor of the oldest museum in the Nation's Capital. We invite you to entertain with us!
For corporate and non-profit organizations seeking a distinctive way to entertain, the Corcoran Gallery of Art offers the best that Washington has to offer - a spectacular historic setting, renowned works of art, and the most polished service in the events industry.
Located in the heart of monumental Washington, the Corcoran is within close proximity of the best hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions.
As we only accommodate one event per evening, guests have exclusive access to our permanent collection and special exhibitions. Docent services can be arranged to enhance the museum experience.
We can accommodate up to 400 guests for a seated dinner and up to 1,000 for a standing reception.