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Renwick Gallery is at 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. at 17th St. N.W. The Renwick Gallery is the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s branch for contemporary craft showcasing works by artists exploring traditional and innovative approaches to craft making. The gallery displays one of the country's finest collections of contemporary American crafts and also features changing special exhibitions.

Located steps from the White House in historic federal Washington, the Second Empire-style building, a National Historic Landmark, was designed in 1858 by American architect James Renwick Jr., who also designed the Smithsonian Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Completed in 1874 the Renwick Gallery was the first purpose-built art museum in America.

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy led the campaign to save the building as part of her plan to restore Lafayette Square in the 1960s. Today the Renwick Gallery is dedicated to showcasing a new direction in the field of craft with a revitalized program that combines tradition with innovation, and contemporary design and programing. Blockbuster exhibitions such as “WONDER” and “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” attracted more than 1 million visitors.

Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.

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