The health and safety of our guests, staff, and community is our priority. The Phillips Collection continues to monitor and follow local and national health recommendations. We reserve the right to implement health and safety measures to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors.
- Face masks are welcome, but not required.
- Please stay at home if you are feeling sick. Please do not visit the museum if you have a fever or any covid-19 symptoms, have tested positive for covid-19 within the past 14 days, or have had close contact with anyone who is confirmed or is suspected of having covid-19.
- Contactless Check-in: Ticketing can be completed by advance reservation for non-members, emailed to guests, and scanned for entry at a safe distance.
- Enhanced Cleaning Procedures: There is regular disinfection of high-touch surfaces. Bathrooms are cleaned frequently throughout the day.
- Hand Sanitizer Stations: Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the museum for visitor and staff use.
- Enhanced Ventilation: Our ventilation and climate control systems circulate outside air using enhanced filtration.
- Phillips Collection Staff: Please follow instructions from Phillips Collection staff during your visit.
An inherent risk of exposure to covid-19 exists in any public space where people are present. We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to covid-19 during your visit to The Phillips Collection. Those visiting the Phillips do so at their own risk of such exposure.
Please note our updated bag policy as of December 2023.
- All bags are subject to search.
- All bags (including backpacks, totes, purses, large bags, and bulky items) larger than 11 x 15 x 5 in. must be checked at our secured coat check. Exception: For those with a medical exception or diaper bag, please request a special tag from coat check and your bag will be allowed into the museum.
- No bags of any kind may be worn on the back; bags must be worn on the front or side of your body at all times.
- All contents must be secured inside the bag; nothing can be worn in any external pockets or holders outside of a bag or pants pockets (like cargo pants pockets).
- The bag may not contain any weapons or other prohibited items, including paint, crayons, or any item that may damage the art or present a risk to other guests. Exception: Umbrellas and empty liquid bottles may be secured inside a bag.
The Phillips Collection is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
Phillips staff can help with directions and also provide information about the museum.
Please silence your mobile devices 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.
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.
Sketching in the galleries is permitted with #2 pencil.
Vradenburg Shop & Café
Shop: The shop is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, no ticket required. The shop is also open 24/7 online
Café: Bead Furst Cafe is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 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!
Learn more about ways to enhance your experience with younger visitors.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.