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Corcoran Gallery of Art - A Visitors Guide


Corcoran Gallery of Art - A Visitors Guide
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The Corcoran Gallery of Art, a privately funded institution, was founded in 1869 as Washington, DC’s first and largest non-federal museum of art. The historic building was established as a private art gallery to house the extensive collection of Washington banker and philanthropist, William Wilson Corcoran (partner of the bank Corcoran & Riggs). Today, the Corcoran is a College of Art and Design and a gallery displaying one of the most comprehensive collections of American art in the world. It is known internationally for its distinguished collection of historical and modern American art as well as contemporary art, photography, European painting, sculpture and the decorative arts. The museum gift shop features art related books, cards, jewelry, and children's items.

500 17th St. NW
Washington, DC
The Corcoran Gallery of Art is located across the street from the White House and the Ellipse. The closest metro station is Farragut West.

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursday
Closed Monday & Tuesday

$10 General Admission
Seniors (62+)/Students (with valid ID) $8.00
Children under 12 years of age are free
Members enjoy free admission year-round

Corcoran Café
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and snacks daily, plus tapas in the afternoon and evenings. Enjoy freshly-prepared baked goods, natural and organic sandwiches, wraps, salads, sides, and drinks.

Corcoran College of Art + Design
Founded in 1890, the Corcoran College of Art + Design is Washington’s only four-year college of art and design offering Bachelor of Fine Art degrees in Photojournalism, Digital Media Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Photography; Associate of Fine Art degrees in Digital Media Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography; a five-year Bachelor of Fine Arts/Master of Arts degree in Fine Art and Teaching (BFA/MAT); and two-year Master of Arts degrees in Teaching, Interior Design, Exhibition Design, and the History of Decorative Arts. The College’s Continuing Education program offers part-time credit and non-credit classes for children and adults.


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