Aesthetics experts agree that art is best beheld fresh, before still-life potatoes begin to sprout eyes and poker-playing dogs go extinct. Feed your eyes with a fresh feast of modern art with today's Groupon—a membership to The Phillips Collection, the first modern-art museum in the country, located near the corner of 21st and Q Streets, NW. Choose from the following options:
- $50 for a dual/family membership (two adults and children under 18, a $100 value)
- $30 for an individual membership (one person, a $60 value)
Both memberships to The Phillips Collection include:
- Unlimited free admission to the permanent collection and all special exhibitions
- Members-only preview days
- Discounted admission to the acclaimed Sunday Concerts and Phillips after 5 programs
- Discounts on lectures and classes at the Center for the Study of Modern Art
- Two member-for-a-day guest passes
- 10% discount in the café and museum shop (plus an extra 10% off in the shop on Holiday Shopping Days)
- Subscription to The Phillips Collection Magazine
- Subscription to the monthly e-newsletter
The Phillips Collection is one of DC's premier art museums, and the internationally recognized Dupont Circle landmark features an exquisite collection of modern and impressionist works housed in an 1897 Georgian Revival mansion, including paintings by Renoir, Rothko, Bonnard, O'Keeffe, van Gogh, and Diebenkorn, among other influential artists. Ogle the museum's signature work, Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party and meditate while surrounded by rich colors in the intimate Rothko Room. The collection has greatly expanded since its founding in 1921, with multiple extensions added on to the distinctive original home.
Special exhibitions and Phillips after 5 programs—which feature gallery talks, drinks, and live entertainment—draw art lovers back to the museum time and time again and again time and time and again and time and again and again. Current exhibitions include Pousette-Dart: Predominantly White Paintings (running through September 12, 2010), a 1950s series of oil and graphite paintings spurred initially by a shortage of money for buying supplies. Another special exhibition, Robert Ryman: Variations & Improvisations (June 5–September 12, 2010), brings together 26 of the artist's paintings from private collections, including paintings rarely seen in the U.S. Futurists, meanwhile, will get to look forward to upcoming exhibitions that include the paintings of Kandinsky and a retrospective of painters-turned-photographers.
Yelpers give The Phillips Collection a near-perfect 4.5-star average:
- By far and away my favorite gallery. The traveling exhibits are usually great, but I also love their permanent collection. – Sandy C.
- This is, by far, one of my most favorite - and one of the most sublime – art museums in the world. – Jim S.
- a visit to the Phillips is never the same - they are always rotating the works. The special exhibits are usually pretty exciting. – Megan P.
The Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection emerged from one man's passion for art. Duncan Phillips filled his 19th-century Georgian Revival house with artwork, and he invited others to come and look at his collection. In 1921, the home formally became a museum of modern art. Impressionist and modern works fill its walls, and the collection continues to grow to accommodate contemporary artists.
- Size: rotating exhibits and a permanent collection of 3,000+ works
- Crown Jewel: Luncheon of the Boating Party, a 19th-century painting depicting an idyllic day at the Maison Fournaise restaurant
- Eye Catcher: the Rothko Room, which was specifically built to showcase expressionist Mark Rothko's colors
- Don't Miss: a meditative chamber made from 440 pounds of beeswax
- The Building: the original Phillips house as well as more modern expansions
- Special Programs: Phillips after 5 (first Thursday of every month)
- Pro Tip: A favorite painting may move around—the museum frequently changes the arrangement of its permanent collection
1600 21st St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009Get Directions