You have to make an effort to visit the Kreeger, because it’s located in a residential neighborhood away from downtown and public transportation. But if you don’t mind driving, taking a taxi, or riding the D6 bus from Dupont Circle, then walking a half-mile up the hill to the museum, you’ll be well rewarded. On view throughout this unique Philip Johnson–designed building, besides the stunning architecture itself, are paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings by 19th- and 20th-century European artists, Picasso (early and late works), Kandinsky, Monet, Renoir, Munch, Pissarro, Rodin among them. American works are on view, too, including some by Washington, D.C., artists such as Sam Gilliam and Gene Davis. Downstairs lies a small collection of traditional African masks and figures and Asian pieces. Outdoors is a sculpture terrace, where large works by Maillol and Henry Moore, and the sight of the distant Washington Monument, are some of the pleasures at hand. On the museum’s north lawn is the separate sculpture garden, where works by the likes of George Rickey rise up. This summit-situated, 5 1/2-acre estate, once the residence of collectors Carmen and David Kreeger, opened to the public in 1994.
- Elise Hartman Ford