Address: Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-357-2700
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.; Closed December 25; Museum store open during gallery hours
Guided Tours: Two weeks notice requested for group tours; Walk-in tours offered weekdays at noon
Admission: Free
Tour Entrance: Pennsylvania Avenue just east of 17th Street; Handicap accessible at 17th Street entrance
Metro: Farragut West (blue and orange lines) Farragut North (red line)
Website: http://www.americanart.si.edu
Art Museum

Overview of organization: The Renwick Gallery, named in honor of its architect James Renwick, Jr. has been home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum's contemporary craft program since 1972. The Renwick Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting American crafts and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present. The permanent collection galleries showcase works in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media. The Grand Salon, considered one of Washington's premier spaces, and the Octagon Room feature paintings hung salon-style, creating the elegant setting of a 19th century collector's picture gallery.

The Renwick Gallery building, a National Historic Landmark, was built to house the art collection of William Wilson Corcoran, a prominent Washington philanthropist and banker. Completed in 1861, it was the city's first art museum. James Renwick also designed the Smithsonian's Castle. A wide range of free public programs, including performances, lectures and craft demonstrations, are presented regularly in conjunction with special exhibitions.