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Phillips Collection, Dupont Circle

1600 21st Street N.W.
Washington , D.C.
Tel: 202 387 2151's insider take:

The nation's first contemporary-art museum, the personal collection of Duncan and Marjorie Phillips is housed in a Georgian Revival mansion near Dupont Circle, giving it more of a residential than gallery setting. The Phillipses had good taste: The paintings are major works by Cézanne, Renoir, Rothko, Matisse, van Gogh, Kandinsky, and Klee, among others. After a 2006 expansion, the museum has more space to display its permanent collection, including Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. Between October and May, the museum hosts classical-music concerts (free with museum admission) on Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. in the museum's Music Room. Arrive early to get a seat.

Closed Mondays.

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