ABOUT THE PHILLIPS

THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION

Encounter superb works of modern art in an intimate setting at The Phillips Collection, opened to the public in 1921 in Washington’s vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood. Paintings by Renoir and Rothko, Bonnard and O'Keeffe, van Gogh and Diebenkorn are among the many stunning impressionist and modern works that fill the museum. Its distinctive building combines extensive new galleries with the former home of its founder, Duncan Phillips. The collection continues to develop with selective new acquisitions, many by contemporary artists.

Special exhibitions and frequent changes in the arrangement of the permanent collection mean that there's something fresh on every visit to the Phillips. The museum's Center for the Study of Modern Art offers stimulating Conversations with Artists, symposia, lectures, and more, while Sunday Concerts, Phillips after 5 programs, and other events provide additional food for thought. The museum also produces a vigorous, award-winning program of educational outreach that serves thousands of students and teachers.

The Phillips Collection is a private institution that relies on the support of admission and program fees, endowment income, and generous assistance from individual donors, corporations, foundations, and others.

Mission Statement

The Phillips Collection is an "intimate museum combined with an experiment station."–Duncan Phillips, 1926

The Phillips Collection is an exceptional collection of modern and contemporary art in a dynamic environment for collaboration, innovation, engagement with the world, scholarship, and new forms of public participation.