Visit the Renwick Gallery

This is a photograph of the interior of the Renwick Gallery.

Hours and Location

Temporarily closed

Free Admission

Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

 

Planning Your Visit

The Renwick Gallery is located steps from the White House in the heart of historic federal Washington. The closest Metro stations are Farragut West (Blue, Orange, and Silver lines) and Farragut North (Red line). Barrier-free ramp access is available at the 17th Street entrance.

There is limited on-street parking at meters; several paid parking garages are available in the neighborhood.

 

Exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery

Visiting With Young Children

Strollers are permitted inside the galleries. Stroller parking is available at the 17th Street accessible entrance, if needed.

A changing table is available in the accessible restroom stall on each floor.

Accessibility

Barrier-free access to the museum is available at the 17th Street entrance. All areas of the building are served by elevators. Accessible restrooms are located throughout the museum.  More information about accessibility at the museum, including services for visitors who have vision and/or hearing loss.

Telephone Numbers

Museum Information (recorded): (202) 633-7970
General Smithsonian Visitor Information: (202) 633-1000

Renwick FAQ

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is temporarily closed beginning November 23. Please check our website for additional updates.

Yes, visitors ages six and older are required to wear a face covering during their visit. Face coverings are also strongly recommended for visitors between the ages of two and six. Face shields or any kind of face covering or mask with an exhalation valve are not permitted. Face coverings should be worn over the nose and mouth and may be removed while drinking in designated spaces.

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is temporarily closed beginning November 23. Please check our website for additional updates.

On occasion, the Secret Service restricts access to the Renwick Gallery's front entrance. Visitors may still enter the museum through the accessible entrance on 17th Street.

The Renwick Gallery is the home to one of the most significant and most inclusive collections of American craft art in the world. Search the collection to see which artworks are currently on view.

The Renwick Gallery is located at Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th St NW. The closest Metro stations are Farragut West (Blue, Orange, and Silver lines) and Farragut North (Red line).

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is temporarily closed beginning November 23. Please check our website for additional updates.

Exhibitions rotate regularly at the Renwick Gallery. To check what’s currently on view, see current exhibitions.

All on-site public tours and programs are currently suspended.

We are not currently offering in-person school tours, but we are able to provide interactive, free videoconference options for K-12 students.

All of our teacher professional development programs are online for the 2020-21 school year.

Yes. Contact us to inquire about hosting your special event, wedding, birthday, or corporate party at the Renwick.

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is temporarily closed beginning November 23. Please check our website for additional updates.

There is no coat check or bag storage at the museum.

We encourage you to limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring into our facilities. Suitcases, large umbrellas, and backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Security officers may ask you to hand-carry smaller backpacks, or wear them on your front, to protect the artworks.

Yes, although we have limitations to protect the artwork. Suitcases, large umbrellas, and large backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Security officers may ask visitors to hand-carry smaller backpacks, or wear them on the front of their bodies. Please note that we do not offer coat or bag storage.

The main entrance to the Renwick Gallery, accessible by a set of stairs and wide double-doors, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue. Access via an accessible ramp is available at the 17th Street entrance.

At the Renwick Gallery, accessible restrooms are located on all levels with unisex accessible restrooms on the first floor and basement level.

All mothers are welcome to breastfeed in any space that is open to the public. There are no designated areas for breastfeeding at the museum.

You may not bring any outside food or drink to consume in the museum; no smoking, eating, or drinking is allowed in museum galleries. Catering is not permitted unless coordinated withSAAM Special Events staff or Restaurant Associates.

Yes, water bottles are allowed if closed. Water fountains are available on the first and second floors, directly opposite the elevator.

Service animals are welcome. Please leave your pets at home.

Handheld photography and video for personal use is generally encouraged throughout the museum. Sometimes, photography of particular artworks may not be allowed in selected special exhibitions; please check the wall signage to confirm. No tripods, selfie sticks, or similar long tools are permitted in the galleries to protect the artworks.

Handheld photography and video for personal use is generally permitted throughout the museum. Sometimes, photography of particular artworks may not be allowed in selected special exhibitions; please check the wall signage to confirm. No tripods, selfie sticks, or similar long tools are permitted in the galleries to protect the artworks. Commercial and documentary filming requests must be submitted through the Smithsonian’s film request form.

Yes, please use the ramp on 17th Street to enter. Occasionally, special exhibitions may limit stroller access during busy times.