The Phillips Collection

1600 21st Street NW Washington DC

America's First Museum of Modern Art

The Phillips Collection is now open. Please review our new visitor guidelines.


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. 


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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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#


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.

Download the Discovery Pack