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Renwick Gallery (free)

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Renwick Gallery (free), Washington DC DC

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The Renwick Gallery is a free Smithsonian museum. It is housed in a gorgeous 1874 building near the White House North Lawn (a two minute walk) that was called the "American Louvre." The building has a beautiful staircase leading up to a dazzling modern LED chandelier by Leo Villareal. The best thing about the gallery is its amazing temporary exhibits, which rotate about twice a year. When I was there I saw the Burning Man exhibit, which had rooms full of sculptures straight out of the desert and the Burning Man Festival. It was crowded but the crowd was hip! Check to see which special exhibits are happening and definitely make this a stop while visiting the North Lawn and Lafayette Square!
Walk twelve minutes west to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, where you will get way better food than in the touristy areas! This is the area where international and American offices are located and where students from George Washington University hang out.

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Shrumen Lumen mushrooms made for Burning Man Festival. Each mushroom responds when participants step on the footpads.
Shrumen Lumen mushrooms made for Burning Man Festival. Each mushroom responds when participants step on the footpads.
Lightweight, folded construction of Lumen Shrumen mushroom, by FoldHaus Art Collective.
Lightweight, folded construction of Lumen Shrumen mushroom, by FoldHaus Art Collective.
Visitors gaze up at a mushroom.
Visitors gaze up at a mushroom.
Stick sculpture.
Stick sculpture.
Lit-up intricate 3D shapes by Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu, for Burning Man.
Lit-up intricate 3D shapes by Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu, for Burning Man.
Beautiful lit-up shape.
Beautiful lit-up shape.
These sacred geometric shapes from Burning Man looked gorgeous in the Renwick Gallery's spaces.
These sacred geometric shapes from Burning Man looked gorgeous in the Renwick Gallery's spaces.
Chic girl, matching well with a geometric patterned light.
Chic girl, matching well with a geometric patterned light.
Geometric shape with light.
Geometric shape with light.
Sacred temple by David Best, for Burning Man.
Sacred temple by David Best, for Burning Man.
Altar.
Altar.
People check out the sacred temple.
People check out the sacred temple.
Intricate wooden structure- sacred temple.
Intricate wooden structure- sacred temple.
Chandelier in Renwick Gallery.
Chandelier in Renwick Gallery.
LED chandelier.
LED chandelier.
Cinema bus, from Burning Man.
Cinema bus, from Burning Man.
Start sign!
Start sign!
Guiding principles of Burning Man.
Guiding principles of Burning Man.
Burning Man dragon on wheels.
Burning Man dragon on wheels.
Spiritual wheel.
Spiritual wheel.
Sculpture of a female.
Sculpture of a female.
Fashion.
Fashion.
Renwick Gallery is beautiful on the outside too!
Renwick Gallery is beautiful on the outside too!
Residence across from Renwick Gallery.
Residence across from Renwick Gallery.

Directions

Renwick Gallery is located at 1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006. 
Entrance is free.
It is open daily 10-5:30. 
You don't need tickets.

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Last Updated: Tue, 03 Jul 2018 23:47:16 GMT