Visit the Renwick Gallery
Hours and Location
Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Holiday Hours: Closed May 31 and December 25
Free, Timed-Entry Passes Are Available Online or by Calling 1-800-514-3849
Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
The Renwick Gallery, a branch museum of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts. It 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.
Planning Your Visit
We’re delighted to welcome visitors back into our galleries.
To keep us all safe, and to support efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have limited capacity and have implemented safety measures in the museum. Timed-entry passes are required for all visitors to help us with crowd management and social distancing. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit. Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave.
Masks are required for all visitors ages 2 and older regardless of vaccination status.
Visitors can acquire free, timed-entry passes for visits by reserving online or by phone at 1-800-514-3849, ext. 1. Passes are available up to 30 days in advance.
As a health and safety precaution, we are not offering printed floor plans at this time, but you may use the museums’ free Wi-Fi to access a Renwick Gallery Map [PDF] to find your way around.
Bringing in outside food is not permitted. Closed water bottles are allowed in designated areas. The museum stores are open for in-person shopping for visitors with timed-entry passes, and our stores are always open online!
Know Before You Go: Guidelines for Visiting
For your safety we're limiting the number of guests in the museums and utilizing free timed-entry passes at the Renwick Gallery and at SAAM's main building. Separate passes are required to visit each location.
If Sick, Stay Home
Visitors ages two and older are required to wear a face covering during their visit regardless of vaccination status. Face shields alone 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. Face coverings may be removed while drinking in designated spaces.
Please maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups at all times. There will be social-distancing signage and directions throughout the museum.
Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit and practice good hygiene. Hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout the museum.
We encourage you to limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring to SAAM and the Renwick Gallery. 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. Please note that we do not offer coat check or bag storage at this time. Strollers are permitted in the galleries.
Exhibitions at Renwick
May 14, 2021 — August 15, 2021Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 features artists Lauren Fensterstock, Timothy Horn, Debora Moore, and Rowland Ricketts. Representing craft media from fiber to mosaic to glass and metals, these artists approach the long history of art’s engagement with the natural world through unconventional and highly personal perspectives.
OngoingRenwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)Janet Echelman's colorful fiber and lighting installation, suspended from the ceiling of the Renwick Gallery's Grand Salon, examines the complex interconnections between human beings and our physical world, and reveals the artist's fascination with the measurement of time.
OngoingRenwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
Connections is the Renwick Gallery’s dynamic ongoing permanent collection presentation, featuring more than 80 objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world. The installation includes iconic favorites alongside new acquisitions.
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.
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.
Service Animal Policy
Service animals are welcome at Smithsonian museums. Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are dogs trained to do work or perform specific tasks for a guest with a disability.
The Renwick Gallery is an Aira access site. Visitors who are blind or low-vision can download the Aira app free of charge onto a smart phone. The Aira app uses the phone’s camera to take in the user’s surroundings, and a live Aira agent will describe the environment, including reading of exhibit labels and instructions. This service is free of charge on the museum premises. Visit Aira Access.
Museum Information (recorded): (202) 633-7970
General Smithsonian Visitor Information: (202) 633-1000