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HOURS AND LOCATION
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY 10 A.M.–5:30 P.M. 
Holiday Hours: Closed December 25, 2021
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.
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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.
All visitors ages two (2) and older are required to wear a mask while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings must fit properly and be worn over the nose and mouth. Face shields are not permitted as a substitute for a mask but may be worn over a face covering or mask. Bandanas, single-ply gaiters and face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted.
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.
The museum stores are open for in-person shopping, and our stores are always open online!
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 except for bottled water that may be consumed in designated areas.
 
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: GUIDELINES FOR VISITING
PERSONAL BELONGINGS
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. 
IF SICK, STAY HOME
We’re asking all visitors who are sick or feel unwell to please stay home. If you are at increased risk of severe illness, you may also want to consider staying home.
FACE COVERINGS
All visitors ages two (2) and older are required to wear a mask while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings must fit properly and be worn over the nose and mouth. Face shields are not permitted as a substitute for a mask but may be worn over a face covering or mask. Bandanas, single-ply gaiters and face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted.
EXHIBITIONS AT RENWICK
NEW GLASS NOW 
October 22, 2021 — March 6, 2022
Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
New Glass Now documents the innovation and dexterity of artists, designers, and architects from around the world working in the challenging material of glass. This global survey is designed to highlight the breadth and depth of contemporary glass making.
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JANET ECHELMAN’S 1.8 RENWICK
Ongoing
Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
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. 
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CONNECTIONS: CONTEMPORARY CRAFT AT THE RENWICK GALLERY
Ongoing
Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
Connections is the Renwick Gallery’s dynamic ongoing permanent collection presentation, featuring more than 80 objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world. The installation includes iconic favorites alongside new acquisitions.
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VISITING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
All visitors ages two and older are required to wear a mask while visiting. 
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.
ACCESSIBILITY
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.
AIRA
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
TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Museum Information (recorded): (202) 633-7970
General Smithsonian Visitor Information: (202) 633-1000
COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that is believed to mainly spread by person-to-person contact. The Smithsonian is doing its part to mitigate transmission, and we ask you, our visitors, to do the same and help us reduce the spread of COVID-19. Despite our best efforts, the risk of contracting COVID-19 could increase by visiting the Smithsonian. By visiting the Smithsonian, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
The Smithsonian reserves the right to modify its hours of operations, capacity, or visitor guidelines as circumstances require and to deny entry or access to any person who fails to follow these guidelines or whose conduct puts Smithsonian staff, visitors, or property at risk.
RENWICK FAQ
Are tickets required to visit the Renwick Gallery?
No, tickets are not required to visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum or its Renwick Gallery. 
Do I have to wear a mask when I visit?
Yes, all visitors ages two (2) and older are required to wear a mask while visiting Smithsonian museums and indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings must fit properly and be worn over the nose and mouth. Face shields are not permitted as a substitute for a mask but may be worn over a face covering or mask. Bandanas, single-ply gaiters and face coverings or masks with an exhalation valve are not permitted.
When is the Renwick Gallery open?
The Renwick Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Why is the front door to the Renwick closed?
On occasion, the Secret Service restricts access to the Renwick Gallery's front entrance. Visitors may still enter the museum through the accessible entrance on 17th Street.
What can I see at the Renwick Gallery?
The Renwick Gallery is the home to one of the most significant and most inclusive collections of American craft art in the world. Search the collection to see which artworks are currently on view.
What is the closest Metro stop to 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).
Are tickets required for special exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery?
No, tickets are not required.
What special exhibitions are on view at the Renwick Gallery?
Exhibitions rotate regularly at the Renwick Gallery. To check what’s currently on view, see current exhibitions.
Are there tours of the Renwick Gallery?
All on-site public tours and programs are currently suspended.
Can I bring a school group to the Renwick Gallery?
We are not currently offering in-person school tours, but we are able to provide interactive, free videoconference options for K-12 students.
I am an educator. Can I attend a teacher workshop at the museum?
All of our teacher professional development programs are online for the current school year.
Can I get married at the Renwick Gallery?
Yes. Contact us to inquire about hosting your special event, wedding, birthday, or corporate party at the Renwick.
When is the Renwick Gallery closed?
The Renwick Gallery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and on December 25.
Are there storage lockers at the Renwick Gallery?
There is no coat check or bag storage at the museum.
We encourage you to limit the number of personal belongings and bags you bring into our facilities. 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.
Can I bring a backpack to the Renwick Gallery?
Yes, although we have limitations to protect the artwork. Suitcases, large umbrellas, and large backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Security officers may ask visitors to hand-carry smaller backpacks, or wear them on the front of their bodies. Please note that we do not offer coat or bag storage.
Where is the entrance to the Renwick Gallery? Is there an accessible entrance at the Renwick Gallery?
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.
Are there accessible bathrooms at the Renwick Gallery?
At the Renwick Gallery, accessible restrooms are located on all levels with unisex accessible restrooms on the first floor and basement level.
Where can I breastfeed at the Renwick Gallery?
All mothers are welcome to breastfeed in any space that is open to the public. There are no designated areas for breastfeeding at the museum.
Can I bring my own food to the Renwick Gallery?
You may not bring any outside food or drink to consume in the museum; no smoking, eating, or drinking is allowed in museum galleries. Catering is not permitted unless coordinated with SAAM Special Events staff or Restaurant Associates.
Can I bring my water bottle to the Renwick Gallery?
Yes, water bottles are allowed if closed. Water fountains are available on the first and second floors, directly opposite the elevator.
Can I bring my dog to the Renwick Gallery?
Service animals are welcome. Please leave your pets at home.
Can I take photographs at the Renwick Gallery?
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.
Can I film at the Renwick Gallery?
Handheld photography and video for personal use is generally permitted 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. Commercial and documentary filming requests must be submitted through the Smithsonian’s film request form.
Can I bring my stroller to the Renwick Gallery?
Yes, please use the ramp on 17th Street to enter. Occasionally, special exhibitions may limit stroller access during busy times.
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