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Corcoran Gallery of Art

Corcoran Gallery of Art
Corcoran Gallery of Art

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The Corcoran Gallery of Art has maintained its position as a major center for American art since its founding in 1874 to house the private art collection of William Wilson Corcoran (1798-1888). The first art museum in Washington, it outgrew its original site and was moved in 1897 to its present Beaux Arts building.

The museum's primary focus is American art, featuring an outstanding collection from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries -- in fact, part of the museum's stated purpose is to encourage "American Genius." The museum also features a fine collection of European art and continues to add the works of modern European and American artists, particularly those in the Washington area.

Among its permanent collection are works by Eugène Delacroix, Edgar Degas, Ian Hornak, Paul Manship, Chryssa Vardea Mavromichali, Claude Monet, Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol. It also includes works by Whistler, Sargent, and Mary Cassatt, as well as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins. The museum continually offers new exhibits, ranging from the current exhibition Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power to exhibits featuring the work of students from its affiliated Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • Sunday, Monday and Wednesday: 10am to 6pm
  • Thursday: 10am to 9pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Closed January 1st and December 25th
  • Admission:
  • Adults: $10
  • Seniors (62+)/Students (with valid ID): $8
  • Children under 12 years of age: Free
  • Members enjoy free admission year-round
  • Metro Stop:
  • Blueline or Orangeline to the Farragut West Station
  • Contact:
  • Location: 500 17th St. NW, Washington DC
  • Phone: 202-639-1700
  • Website:
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