Visit Renwick

An angular and sparkling chandelier glimmers above a staircase

Address and Hours

The grand staircase at the Renwick Gallery.

Admission is Always Free

The Renwick Gallery is located near the White House and presents craft and decorative art from the Museum’s collection.

Renwick Gallery
Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Mon - Sun:
10:00 am‑5:30 pm

Getting Here

The Renwick Gallery is located steps from the White House in the heart of historic federal Washington.The Renwick Gallery is a twenty-five minute walk from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which shares its space with the National Portrait Gallery. 

Public Transit

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.

Common FAQs

Frequently asked and answered questions about visiting the Renwick Gallery. 

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

The Renwick Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

No, tickets are not required to visit the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 

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

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.


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.

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.

Service animals are welcome at Smithsonian museums. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. 


An image inside the gift shop at the Renwick Gallery.

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery Store are open.  Shop items for the new special exhibition This Present Moment Crafting A Better World and order the accompanying catalogue now

Selected merchandise is available at the SAAM Museum Store and online.

Current Exhibitions at Renwick

Quilt featuring the portrait of a woman
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World
May 13, 2022April 2, 2023
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft today. The exhibition highlights the role that artists play in our world to spark essential conversations, stories of resilience, and methods of activism—showing us a more relational and empathetic world. It centers more expansive definitions and acknowledgments of often-overlooked histories and contributions of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.
A close up of Echelman's installation for WONDER at the Renwick Gallery.
Janet Echelman’s 1.8 Renwick
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. 

Upcoming Events at Renwick

  • Featured Event
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    In-Person Handi-hour
    Thursday, April 27, 2023, 5:30 – 8pm EDT
    Get your green thumb ready for spring planting by making your own terrarium! Glass containers, sand, rocks, and small real and faux plants will be provided along with instructions.
    $25 | Registration required
    Registration opens April 10. Must be 21 or older to attend and show valid ID at the door.
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    Artist Lily Hope with an ornamental headdress
    In-Person Sharing Honors and Burdens: Renwick Invitational 2023 Open House
    Friday, May 26, 2023, 11am – 3pm EDT
    Join artists Joe Feddersen (Arrow Lakes/Okanagan), Lily Hope (Tlingit), Ursala Hudson (Tlingit), Erica Lord (Athabascan/Iñupiat), Geo Neptune (Passamaquoddy), and
    Free | Registration encouraged
    Registration opens in late March

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