Renwick Gallery

The RenwickGallery building is a National Historic Landmark, steps from the White House, and is open daily from 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free Admission. Get more visit planning details and find out about accessibility, directions, exhibitions, and visitor guidelines.

Steps away from the White House, on Pennsylvania Avenue, sits the first building in the United States that was specifically intended to become an art museum. This gorgeous 160-year-old building is home to the Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum dedicated to crafts and decorative arts. But don’t let the 19th-century architecture fool you into thinking that the Renwick is stuck in the past.

Ever since it reopened after a 2015 renovation, the Renwick has hosted forward-thinking exhibitions from contemporary artists and artisans. Mind-bending, immersive shows are the main event here, like “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man,” which brought the famed Nevada-desert festival to D.C. through sculptures, structures, and elaborate costumes.


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  • Saturday10:00 - 17:30
  • Sunday10:00 - 17:30
  • Monday10:00 - 17:30
  • Tuesday10:00 - 17:30
  • Wednesday10:00 - 17:30
  • Thursday10:00 - 17:30
  • Friday10:00 - 17:30
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