The Phillips Collection

1600 21st Street NW Washington DC

America's First Museum of Modern Art


The Phillips Collection building comprises the original Phillips house built in 1897 and two major additions: the Goh Annex, built in 1960 and enlarged in 1989, and the Sant Building, opened in 2006. The galleries may be explored in any order, since works of art are not organized by category or time period. 

The Phillips Collection is open during the thermal upgrade renovations, although the original Phillips house galleries are currently unavailable. Special exhibitions and selections from the permanent collection are on view in the Goh Annex and Sant Building galleries, and the cafe, shop, and courtyard also remain open. The Phillips house galleries will reopen in 2018. Download the press release for more information


Download the visitor guide and map

The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C., near the corner of 21st and Q Streets, NW.

The Phillips Collection is committed to promoting the use of sustainable transportation as a way to reduce local traffic congestion and air pollution. While we do provide driving directions, please consider other transportation options, which are included on the goDCgo interactive map.


Using Metrorail, take the Red Line to Dupont Circle station and take the Q Street exit from the station. Go left (west) one block on Q Street to 21st Street, NW. The museum is located at 1600 21st Street, the first block to the right from Q Street.


The Phillips is accessible via several Metrobus lines. The 37, 42, H1, L1, N2, N3, N4, N6, D1, D2, D3, D6, and G2 lines stop within two blocks of the museum.


The DC Circulator bus runs every 10 minutes and costs $1 each way.

The Dupont Circle-Georgetown-Rosslyn route stops at 19th and N Streets, NW. From there, head north on 19th Street towards Dupont Circle. Turn left and continue around Dupont Circle. Turn left at Massachusetts Avenue, then turn right onto 21st Street. The Phillips Collection is located on the left at 1600 21st Street, NW.

For more information, visit


Bike to the Phillips using DC's bikesharing program. Simply take a bike from one of over 190 stations in DC or Arlington and Alexandria in Virginia and return it to a docking station near the museum. The closest docking stations to The Phillips Collection are located at:

  • Massachusetts Avenue and Dupont Circle, NW
  • 20th and O Streets, NW

For information about membership, fees, and additional station locations, visit



Take I-95 South to I-495 West. From I-495 take exit 33, Connecticut Avenue (south), toward Chevy Chase. Stay on Connecticut Avenue for about 8 miles, then turn right on R Street. Turn left from R Street on 21st Street. The Phillips Collection is located on the right at 1600 21st Street, NW.


Take Route 50 or I-66 to the Roosevelt Bridge. Take the E Street Expressway (a left exit). Stay on E Street through a tunnel. Immediately after the tunnel, turn left on 20th Street. Continue on 20th Street for several blocks. Turn left on Massachusetts Avenue, then turn right on Florida Avenue. At the third traffic light (before the light at Connecticut Avenue), take a sharp right on 21st Street. The Phillips Collection is located on the right at 1600 21st Street, NW.


Take I-95 North to I-395. Continue on I-395 across the 14th Street bridge. Continue on 14th Street (Route 1). After several blocks, turn left on I Street. Turn right on 20th Street. Turn left on Massachusetts Avenue, then turn right on Florida Avenue. At the third traffic light (before the light at Connecticut Avenue), take a sharp right on 21st Street. The Phillips Collection is located on the right at 1600 21st Street, NW.


We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit The Phillips Collection SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app.

Blue star Museums

The Phillips is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission for all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.



Use code WKNDRPC when you book a stay between Thursday and Sunday for a deluxe art enthusiast package including:

  • 2 nights in overnight accommodations at The Embassy Row Hotel
  • Two tickets to The Phillips Collection
  • Overnight valet parking
  • $50 food credit for Station Kitchen & Cocktails or The Rooftop
  • Hotel service fee and all taxes included
  • Late check-out is based upon availability

For more information and booking, visit The Embassy Row Hotel website.


Luxury hotel package for up to four adults includes:

  • Overnight accommodations at Fairfax Embassy Row, a Starwood Luxury Collection hotel
  • Tickets to The Phillips Collection
  • Breakfast in 2100 Prime
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Late checkout at 2 p.m.
  • With an extended stay: Metro passes to explore Washington, D.C.

Overnight rates starting at $224.50 per night. Room tax and gratuity not included.

For more information and booking, check The Fairfax Hotel website.  


 Luxury hotel package for art enthusiasts of all ages includes:

  • Overnight accommodations at the historic boutique hotel in the heart of Dupont Circle
  • Complimentary access to The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, with hotel key card and voucher
  • On-property education with reproductions of famous works of art throughout the hotel
  • Art-making amenities for kids

Overnight rates starting at $224.50 per night. Room tax and gratuity not included.

For more information and booking, visit The Churchill Hotel website.

Georgetown Inn “The Phillips Collection” PACKAGE

Luxury hotel package at property located in the heart of historic Georgetown:

  • Overnight accommodations at this historic boutique hotel
  • Two admission tickets to The Phillips Collection
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Complimentary wireless internet connection

Overnight rates starting at $200 per night. Room tax and gratuity not included.

For more information and booking, visit The Georgetown Inn website.  

Phillips volunteers (at the information station on the first floor) and Museum Assistants throughout the galleries (wearing red lanyards) can help with directions and also provide information about the museum. 

Please silence your mobile phone in the galleries. Download the Phillips free app or visit the multimedia page for audio guides and videos about artwork in the galleries that may enhance your visit. Free Wi-Fi is available for your convenience. 

Visitors are encouraged to take non-flash photos for non-commercial use of the permanent collection and special exhibitions, unless otherwise noted. Photography is not permitted in the Rothko Room. Selfie sticks, video cameras, and tripods are not permitted.

Sketching in the galleries is permitted with pencil.

For Families
Please stay together. Pick up our Families Tips card at the admissions desk or in Gallery 103. The interactive, all-ages Discovery Pack, available for free at the admissions desk, features works of art from the permanent collection with engaging questions and fun activities. Strollers are permitted in the galleries, except in the Rothko Room. Changing tables are available in the restrooms in Sant Building Lower Level 1 and House Floor 2L.

To enjoy the museum and keep artworks safe, please: 

  • Look, but do not touch the artwork. Works of art are fragile, so we ask that you keep a two-foot distance.
  • Leave backpacks, backpack-type child carriers, umbrellas, large bags and packages, and other items larger than 15 x 13 x 7 inches in the complimentary coat check. Please carry purses and small backpacks on the front of the body.
  • Do not bring food or drinks into the museum.


Hear about art works in the permanent collection and special exhibitions through our audio tours, available on the Phillips app, in the multimedia section, or via cell phone in the galleries.

Get started! Dial 202.595.1835 and explore these collection highlights:

  • Excerpt from a lecture by Duncan Phillips c. 1961: PRESS 90#
  • History of the museum, the House, and the Music Room: PRESS 79#
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party: PRESS 75#
  • The Rothko Room: PRESS 77#
  • The Laib Wax Room: PRESS 86#
  • Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series: PRESS 82#


Enhance your visit—or plan your next one—with The Phillips Collection app! Use interactive floor plans to locate works of art, learn in depth about works of art in the collection and special exhibitions, check on upcoming events, and more.

Download for Apple or Android 


Help your family connect with art at the Phillips with our free Discovery Pack, available at the admissions desk. An interactive, all-ages set of cards that features works of art from the permanent collection, the pack guides you and your family through the museum with engaging and exciting questions and fun activities.

The Discovery Pack also invites visitors to take part in Let’s Move! Museum and Gardens, encouraging visitors to explore art while staying active. Use the stairs with the Discovery Pack, and you'll take about 1,250 steps—that's half a mile of masterpieces!

Download the Discovery Pack