Isn’t it a wonder
There are several free museums in the DC metro area that, as locals, we sometimes fail to take advantage of. It wasn’t until I saw pictures posted on Instagram of exhibits at the Renwick Gallery (which is a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum) that I became aware of its existence.
I’ve likely passed it several times while walking near the White House, but never paid attention to it (talk about invisible blinders). It had undergone a two-year renovation and reopened last year with brand new exhibits – one of the more popular ones called Wonder. The Renwick Gallery tends to showcase contemporary craft and decorative art that can be made out of, well, anything (one of the exhibits used cards, another marbles, a third used tires, and a fourth was made out of dead bugs).
If you’re a local, I highly recommend walking through at least once and have a look for yourself at the exhibits (which, by the way, are only up for a certain amount of time – I think a total of six months starting this past November). And if you are visiting from out of town soon, check it out. It’s right next to the White House and it’s free. You really can’t miss it.
Oh and they really encourage photography in there. That’s my kind of museum.