Photo Museums: District of Columbia  

201 18th Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia - DC20006
When the museum officially opened in 1976, the collection numbered 250 works. Today, the collection has grown to close to 2000 objects in varying media including painting, sculpture, installations, prints, drawings and photographs. It reflects the rich diversity of artistic expression found in the region and provides an overview of stylistic and iconographic trends beginning in the early 20th-century. Exhibitions from the collection are regularly presented in the museum and works from the collection are loaned to other cultural institutions for special exhibitions. The museum’s extensive art archives complements the art collection and is an important research resource for documentation. Both collections serve to preserve a unique visual and written record of the artistic achievements of artists of the Americas and their contributions to world art.
500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia - DC20006
Closed until late 2015

In the late 19th century, the Corcoran was among the first museums in the United States to acquire photographs. The museum began collecting photography and media art in earnest in the 1970s and has since obtained works in a wide variety of media made between the 1850s and the present day. The collection now includes more than 6,500 photographs, videos, and digital works, which together reflect diverse ideas and styles important to the evolution of photographic history.
700 Independence Ave SW
Washington, District of Columbia - DC20560
The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time. We seek to share the transformative power of modern and contemporary art with audiences at all levels of awareness and understanding by creating meaningful, personal experiences in which art, artists, audiences and ideas converge. We enhance public understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through acquisition, exhibitions, education and public programs, conservation, and research.
401 F Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia - DC20001
The National Building Museum's permanent collection illuminates the building process and documents changing architectural styles and construction techniques. The current collections contain approximately 75,000 photographic images, 68,000 architectural prints and drawings, 100 linear feet of documents and 4,500 objects, including material samples, architectural fragments, and building toys.
0 4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia - DC20565
The National Gallery of Art has one of the finest art collections in the world.

Following a series of exhibitions in the 1980s, a separate department of photographs was established in 1990. Since then, the Gallery's holdings have grown to more than 10,000 photographs that span the entire range of photographic history, from the beginnings of the medium in 1839 through the present.
1145 17th Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia - DC20036
Explore the world and all that's in it at the National Geographic Museum. The museum is great for all ages and features a wide range of changing exhibitions, from interactive experiences to stunning photography exhibitions featuring the work of National Geographic explorers, photographers, and scientists.
1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia - DC20005
By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today, the museum directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future.
0 Eighth and F Streets NW
Washington, District of Columbia - DC20001
The National Portrait Gallery is a historic art gallery, located at Eighth and F Streets, Northwest, Washington, D.C., administered by the Smithsonian Institution. Its collections focus on images of famous individual Americans.
More than 15,000 records from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery can be found online. NPG's collections of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs document the diversity of individuals who have made significant contributions to the history and culture of the United States.
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia - DC20001
The Newseum is an interactive museum of news and journalism located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. The seven-level, 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2) museum features 15 theaters and 14 galleries. The Newseum's Berlin Wall Gallery includes the largest display of sections of the Berlin Wall outside of Germany. The Today's Front Pages Gallery presents daily front pages from more than 80 international newspapers. Other galleries present topics including news history, the September 11 attacks, the First Amendment, world press freedom and the history of the Internet, TV and radio. It opened at its first location in Rosslyn, Virginia, on April 18, 1997, where it admitted visitors without charge. Its mission is "to help the public and the news media understand one another better" and to "raise public awareness of the important role of a free press in a democratic society."
0 8th and F Streets N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia - DC20004
America's continuing love affair with the camera can be traced through the museum's collection, which contains daguerreotypes, works by early photographers such as Carleton Watkins and Timothy O'Sullivan, twentieth-century photographers Aaron Siskind and Irving Penn, and contemporary artists William Christenberry and Richard Misrach. The photography collection also documents America's changing relationship with the landscape, from sublime shots of the West in the 1860s through contemporary images revealing environmental concerns.
1600 21st Street Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia - DC20009
The museum's collection includes works by American and European masters such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer, Henri Matisse, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, and Vincent van Gogh. Phillips valued strong connections with artists, collecting multiple works by Honoré Daumier, Paul Klee, John Marin, Alfred Stieglitz, and Brett Weston, among others. The Phillips holds the world's largest, most significant collection of works by Arthur Dove and the largest American collection of works by Pierre Bonnard.
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