The Renwick Gallery is a branch location of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Home to the SAAM’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art, the Renwick is housed in a National Historic Landmark building, the first purpose-built art museum in the United States.
The Gallery exhibits "works by artists exploring traditional and innovative approaches to making, emphasizing craft as an approach to living differently in the modern world."
The Renwick is sometimes closed for installation between special exhibitions, so it's a good idea to contact the museum before you visit.
American Louvre: A History of the Renwick Gallery Building tells the fascinating story of the first purpose-built art museum in the United States, modelled on its famous namesake in Paris, and is illustrated with a wealth of contextual and contemporary images.
Craft for a Modern World: The Renwick Gallery Collection represents the Renwick’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary craft objects, this engaging volume features unique works by artists including Matthias Pliessnig, Ron Fleming, Albert Paley, Zack Peabody, George Nakashima, Billie Ruth Sudduth, Michael James, Todd Hoyer, Patti Warashina, Kim Schmahmann, and Toots Zynsky.