The Museums of DuPont Circle in Washington, DC
The Phillips Collection museum is just a few short steps from the DuPont Circle metro stop. It houses the private collection of the Philips family and features a wide array of artistic genres and artists ranging from the impressionist paintings of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne to abstract works of Piet Mondrian and the historic works of Jacob Lawrence. The Philips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street, NW. Upon approaching the museum, you’ll find signs pointing to another art gallery just behind it. Follow the signs through the alleyway, to an amazing, unexpected collection of student art in this tiny studio.
Just a few steps away, of particular interest to divas and creative types, will be the Textile Museum at 2320 S Street, NW. This museum features exhibits highlighting the dyeing, crafting, and designing processes of fabrics and cloths from around the world. Step into the world of classical Persian carpet making, learn how to make some of your favorite crafts, uncover the secret art printmaking. Each Saturday morning at 10:30 am, the museum features special guests who share their own collection of textiles with the audience or provide a workshop on an aspect of the fast-moving world of textiles. Guided tours are also held every weekend from September to May at 1:30 pm.
Just a few paces down the street at 2340 S Street, NW, you’ll find the historic home of humanitarian President Woodrow Wilson and Washington DC’s only presidential museum. It’s the Woodrow Wilson House, and it’s where you can see the home of Woodrow Wilson as it was during his days in the District of Columbia. Guided tours of the home are available in languages other than English --- including Japanese, Russian, Spanish, German, Chinese, and American Sign Language --- with advanced reservation. You may also pick up a tour by walk-in, but availability is limited.
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