Visit the Renwick Gallery
Hours and Location
Beginning May 14, Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Holiday Hours: Closed May 31 and December 25
Free, Timed-Entry Passes Will Be Available Beginning May 7 at 12:30 P.M.
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 beginning Friday, May 14.
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 will be required for all visitors to help us with crowd management and social distancing. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit.
Masks are required for all visitors ages 2 and older.
Visitors can acquire free, timed-entry passes beginning Friday, May 7 at 12:30 p.m. for visits beginning Friday, May 14 by reserving online or by phone at 1-800-514-3849, ext. 1.
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 Renwick Gallery Store is closed temporarily, please check back for store updates or shop 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 SAAM and the Renwick Gallery. Separate passes are required to visit each location. Reservations may be made beginning Friday, May 7 at 12:30 p.m. for visits beginning Friday, May 14.
If Sick, Stay Home
Visitors ages two and older are required to wear a face covering during their visit. 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.
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