United States

1600 21 St NW
Phone: (202) 387-2151
Website: www.thephillipscollection.org

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, has an active collecting program and regularly organizes acclaimed special exhibitions, many of which travel nationally and internationally. The museum also produces award-winning and in-depth education programs for K-12 teachers and students, as well as for adults. Its Center for the Study of Modern Art explores new ways of thinking about art and the nature of creativity, through artist visits, seminars, and classes. Since 1941, the museum has hosted concerts in its wood-paneled Music Room. The Phillips Collection is a private, non-government museum supported by donations and public funds.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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Permanent Collection

The Phillips Collection offers an intimate encounter with one of the finest collections of impressionist and modern American and European art, with works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Claude Monet, Honoré Daumier, Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Mark Rothko, Milton Avery, Jacob Lawrence, and Richard Diebenkorn, among others.


Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction
O’Keeffe’s bold representations of flowers, bones, and landscapes are icons of 20th-century art; she was also a pioneer in abstract painting. The exhibition of over 100 works reveals this achievement, from her groundbreaking charcoals of 1915, to her close-up views of flowers and bones, to her spare watercolors of the 1970s. It also includes examples of Alfred Stieglitz’s famous photographic portrait series of O’Keeffe.

Previous Exhibitions

The Societe Anonyme: Modernism and America
Oct. 14-Jan. 21, 2007

El Lissitzky: Constructs for a Brave New World
Oct. 14-Jan. 21, 2007

Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Film, 1880 - 1910
Feb. 17-May 20, 2007

Lyrical Color: Morris Louis, Gene Davis, Kenneth Noland and The Washington Color School
April 14–July 29, 2007

American Impressionism: Paintings from The Phillips Collection
June 16-Sept. 16, 2007

Impressionists by the Sea
Oct. 20, 2007–Jan. 13, 2008

Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series: Selections from The Phillips Collection
May 3–Oct. 26, 2008

Diebenkorn in New Mexico
June 21–Sept. 7, 2008

Brett Weston: Out of the Shadow
June 21–Sept. 7, 2008

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Over the River, A Work in Progress
Oct. 11, 2008–Jan. 25, 2009

Morandi: Master of Modern Still Life
Feb. 21–May 24, 2009

Paint Made Flesh
June 20–Sept. 13, 2009

Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens
Oct. 10, 2009–Jan. 10, 2010

Exhibitions (2)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Poussette-Dart: Predominantly White Paintings
June 5–Sept. 12, 2010

Robert Ryman: Variations & Improvisations
June 5–Sept. 12, 2010

TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art 1845-1945
Oct. 9, 2010–Jan. 9, 2011


Admission: $12 for adults, $10 for visitors 62 and over and students, free for members and visitors 18 and under.

Between exhibitions:
Weekends, $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 62 and over and students, free for members and visitors 18 and under; weekdays by donation.

Opening hours

Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday Artful Evenings until 8:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays and New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Getting there

1600 21st Street, NW (at Q Street)
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q Street exit


Shop/Cafe, Cloakroom

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The Education Department offers gallery tours and other programs for the general public, as well as for specific audiences, such as school children, teachers, families, and museum members. Tours are available for both the permanent collection and special exhibitions by reservation; this includes walk-in tours for individual visitors and special group tours. Programs are offered in conjunction with special exhibitions, including teacher workshops, family tours, public lectures, gallery talks, and video presentations.


Groups of 15–50 may schedule one-hour guided tours and self-guided visits on Tuesday through Saturday. Call (202) 387-2151 ext. 247 or contact groups@phillipscollection.org.


Member privileges include:
Free admission to the permanent collection and all special exhibitions
Free admission to the critically acclaimed Sunday Concerts, and Thursday Artful Evenings
Subscription to The Phillips Collection's Magazine
Monthly e-newsletter highlighting the latest news and events at the museum
Members-only exhibition preview days
10% discount in the Museum Shop
Discounts on events, educational programs, and the Duncan Phillips Lecture Series
One-day free admission pass for a guest

$55 Individual - receive all of the above benefits for one person for one year.

$90 Dual or Family - receive all of the above benefits for two people. Family membership includes children under 18.

Additional one-day free admission pass (2 total)

Venue hire

A variety of new and historic spaces are available for rental, including art galleries, a historic music room, a 180-seat auditorium, seminar rooms, and a garden courtyard. Security fees are determined by the size of the group and the spaces used.

For additional information about the spaces, capacities, availability, and rental rates, please contact the Director of Special Events at
(202) 387-2151 x267.