Visit the Renwick Gallery
Hours and Location
Please note our modified schedule
Hours: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Open: Tuesday – Sunday
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! We ask that all visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health. Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave.
Masks are not required while visiting the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Visitors may choose to wear a mask during their visit.
We encourage visitors to maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups.
All children (under the age of 18) must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. At least one (1) adult chaperone is required to accompany up to five (5) children.
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 coat check or bag storage are not offered at the Renwick. Strollers are permitted in the galleries.
Currently, we are not offering printed floor plans, 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 except for bottled water that may be consumed in designated areas.
Know Before You Go: Guidelines for Visiting
Please limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring to the Renwick Gallery. Coat check and bag storage are not available.
If Sick, Stay Home
Masks are not required while visiting the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Exhibitions at Renwick
May 13, 2022 — April 2, 2023Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)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.
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.
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