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Visitor Policies

Information Services
Phillips staff can help with directions and also provide information about the museum. 

Mobile Phones
Please silence your mobile phone and limit conversation in the galleries. For free Wi-Fi during your visit, join “Phillips”.

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 #2 pencil.

Check Your Bags
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.

Protecting the Art
To enjoy the museum and keep artworks safe, please: 

  • Look, but do not touch the artwork. Please keep a two-foot distance.
  • Please carry purses and small backpacks on the front of the body.
  • Do not bring food or drinks into the museum.

Visitor Conduct
The Phillips Collection is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and comfortable environment for our staff and visitors. Please refrain from disorderly or disruptive conduct that interferes with or distracts from other visitors’ enjoyment of the museum.

By redeeming tickets, visitors certify that they will comply with all visitor policies. The Phillips Collection reserves the right to refuse or revoke the admission of any visitor whose conduct violates these guidelines.

Vradenburg Shop & Café

Shop: The shop is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am-6 pm, no ticket required. The shop is also open 24/7 online

Café: Bead Furst Cafe is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am-5 pm, no ticket required. Enjoy discounts and special offers from our partner restaurants nearby.

Daily Spotlight Talks at 1 & 1:30 pm

Dive deep into a single work of art during a Daily Spotlight Talk with a Phillips Educator. Included with admission. Meet in front of the shop and cafe.

Digital Guide + Audio Tours

Download the free Bloomberg Connects mobile app before your visit or in the galleries to use the exhibition audio guide. Look for the Bloomberg Connects icon on the artwork labels. Don’t forget to bring earphones!

Or visit The Phillips Collection’s SoundCloud page to hear audio tours, artist talks, and more

Group Experiences

The Phillips Collection offers tours for adult and university groups and school groups.

For Families

Learn more about ways to enhance your experience with younger visitors.

Free and Discounted Admissions Opportunities

The Phillips Collection offers a variety of free and discounted admission opportunities. Learn more


We are committed to ensuring that the museum’s facilities, services, exhibitions, and programs comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. We make reasonable accommodations to ensure that people with disabilities have equal physical and communications access, as defined by federal law.

If you have specific questions or concerns, please call 202.387.2151 or email in advance of your visit. 

All galleries and public facilities of the museum are wheelchair accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs is available at the coat check. Elevators are available throughout the museum; a wheelchair lift is also available between Goh Annex Floor 3 and the bridge walkway to House Floor 2U. Please see a museum assistant for access to the lift. The Center for Art and Knowledge also has an elevator available for its public programs.

Service Animals
Service animals are welcome. Please refer to the ADA guidelines regarding service animals for more information.

Large Print Wall Text
Large print wall text is available for special exhibitions.

ASL Interpreter + Assistive Listening Devices
American Sign Language and a limited number of assistive listening devices for programs and tours are offered by request.

Watch The Phillips in ASL video series for an introduction to the museum

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Use our self-guides to explore the collection, in the galleries or online.

The Phillips Plays

Scavenger Hunt

Download the free app to access guides to The Phillips Collection as well as a growing roster of international cultural institutions

Bloomberg Connects

A grid of 8 squares with colorful shapes in them on a pink background

What is collecting?

Explore the concept of museum collections through these games and activities. 

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