While D.C.’s numerous museums showcase hundreds of classic and groundbreaking works of art, many artistic admirers crave the discovery of new artists, approaches, and messages, which are often found in galleries. “First Friday Dupont” is a chance to tour D.C. art galleries at your own pace – for free!

One of the best ways to enjoy the artistic atmosphere of D.C. is by visiting some of its art galleries, but it’s not so easy as just waltzing in the door and soaking in the artistic inspiration. Many galleries have odd hours and limited openings throughout the week, which can discourage timid visitors. That’s why the team at First Friday Dupont has put together a monthly event for anyone to receive guaranteed access to D.C. art galleries. D.C. art galleries “First Friday Dupont” takes place, appropriately enough, on the first Friday of each calendar month. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy a free, self-guided walking tour through the Dupont Circle area. Art galleries, studios, and niche museums open their doors on this evening to allow folks to check out some of the latest work by artists both local and abroad. Here are some of the locations you can check out during “First Friday Dupont”:
  • Swann Street Gallery – This gallery showcases over 100 paintings, illustrations, and sculptures by Robert E. Kuhn, a midcentury artist heavily inspired by jazz. That’s why the Swann Street Gallery regularly hosts jazz performers to entertain guests, including during “First Friday Dupont.” Perhaps one of the coziest D.C. art galleries, enjoy a variety of engaging, abstract works lovingly curated by the artist’s son here.
  • R Space Collection – The newest gallery included in our list, R Space is located in an intact Victorian house on R Street. According to their website, they intend to “promote, spread, and preserve local and international art of all genres.” Currently, they are presenting works by D.C. artist Timoteo Murphy and Mexican-born graphic artist Armin Kuljis. With live music performed regularly at R Space, this is an art gallery to keep an eye on in the coming years.D.C. art galleries
  • Heurich House Museum – Also known as “The Brewmaster’s Castle,” this eye-catching mansion was originally the home of German-born Christian Heurich, who was at one time the most successful brewmaster in Washington, D.C. Now, the mansion hosts a number of events and public programs, thanks to the Heurich family establishing the location as a working museum. During “First Friday Dupont,” they will host tours of the museum, as well as pop-up retailers in the Solarium.
  • Art Jamz! – If the D.C. art galleries left you bitten by the inspiration bug, Art Jamz! is the perfect opportunity to let your creativity flow. Here, you can book studio time to work on your artistic masterpiece, or just fingerpaint all over the walls, all while getting your drink on. Unlike the other events listed here, Art Jamz! requires payment and registration, available here. However, participation in “First Friday Dupont” will net you a special of one hour of studio time, materials to paint with, and a complimentary drink, all for only $10!
D.C. art galleries For more information about “First Friday Dupont” and its participating venues, including convenient, detailed maps, check out the FFD website here. Are you a fan of “First Friday Dupont”? Are there any can’t-miss D.C. art galleries along the tour that we haven’t mentioned yet? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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