In a city of fantastic art galleries, the Corcoran stands out not only as an art museum (and the city's first at that—it opened in 1869), but as a center of learning and social life. As a gallery, it's the place to see American art. The second floor is where you'll find most of the goods, including works by late 19th-century art celebrities John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt and, our favorite, Edward Hopper. The highlight of the portraiture room is Hiram Powers’ The Greek Slave, not only because it's a beautifully rendered nude, but because it was so controversial when it was unveiled in 1846 that women and men weren't allowed to view it at the same time. The school is the only art college in D.C. and is where promising talent come to study everything from ceramics to photojournalism. Maybe it's the beautiful Beaux-Arts building or maybe it's the serene setting across from the White House, either way, the property is also the setting for numerous parties, including the annual Corcoran Ball in April.
- Open Hours: Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM, Thursday from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM, Friday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Photo Spots / Photography, Arts & Museums
- Nearest Train: Farragut West & Farragut North