Special Report

Museums After Hours: D.C.’s Best Kept Secret

If you like visiting the capital’s museums by day, you’ll love what they offer after five


The Phillips Collection: Phillips After 5

By Day: Situated near Dupont Circle, away from the hustle and bustle of the National Mall, the Phillips Collection, an intimate museum founded by Duncan Phillips and Marjorie Acker Phillips in 1921. The collection is considered to be America's first museum of modern art, and features works from artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mark Rothko, Vincent Van Gogh and Georgia O'Keeffe. Be sure to check out Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party, the best known and most popular work in the permanent collection. Tickets to the museum are $12 for adults; students and seniors can get in for $10.

By Night: For a completely unique experience, visit the museum after hours on the first Thursday of each month. From 5 to 8:30 p.m, the space comes alive with music, food and cocktails. Phillips After 5 features a different theme each month: the next event, on July 3, will celebrate America's birthday, while the August 7 program will focus on art and American cuisine and include a "moveable feast of food trucks." Ticket prices are the same as daytime admission, but the programs are very popular, so reservations are recommended.


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