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Trip Report Mini trip to Phillips Collection and National Museum of Women in the Arts

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The arts group to which I belong hired a small bus for the above trip. As trip organizer, I purchased the tickets online in November. Guess what, the guided tours for Van Gogh were already sold out so I just ordered tickets for an available one-hour time slot.


I believe the exhibit has been extended to Feb. 2, 2014 but you'll need to check. The bus dropped us off right in front of the Phillips and that was great since it was raining. We were treated to some of Van Gogh's early works, etchings and the later pieces one might associate with this artist. However, we got to see various iterations of the same subjects.

If you google the link, you'll see the 2 works showing the plane trees. One entire room is devoted to the study of them and how it was determined which was done en plein air and which was painted inside.

Another feature of this exhibit was a telephone number one can call to get more information about some of the works. There is also an App for it on smart phones. I didn't see any head phones available but wasn't looking.

We had enough time to re-visit other rooms and shop. FYI, Phillips has a small cafè with informal fare. They could have just accommodated our group of 25. An outside area is available in the good weather.

The bus picked us up and took us to NMWA. Again, we were dropped off at the main door. I had pre-ordered entry tickets here as well. The quilt exhibit "Workt by Hand" is there until April 27, 2014.


Most of the group went to the Mezzanine Cafè which is on the, ahem, mezzanine. It had been closed for a while for renovation. This restaurant had much to select from and the tables have cloth covers and napkins, but prices are reasonable.

Some of us went directly to the quilt exhibit. The quilters in the group said it was a very good exhibit but many of them had visited other quilt exhibits that had more. There is a quilters museum in Paducah KY that one person mentioned as a good one to visit. There was some embroidery work that had many of us gasping.

There was time to visit the permanent collection and I, although I'd visited before, was astounded to learn that a very pretty Pieta-like marble sculpture was made by Sarah Bernhardt. How many of you ever knew she was an artist?

Pretty much everyone ended up at the gift shop. It's one of my favorites because it has some quirky "stuff". I got a little change purse with a mouse on the front and the words "Barely squeakin by".

Both of these galleries is private so if we experience another government shutdown, these will be open. Adult tickets: $12.00 for Phillips and $10.00 for NMWA.

Hope you get to visit these two venues.

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