National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

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Renowned as one of the world's greatest museums, National Gallery of Art holds a collection of paintings, prints, drawings, medals, photographs, sculptures, and decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the present. The museum's campus includes the original neoclassical west building designed by architect John Russell Pope, the modern east building designed by I.M. Pei, and a sprawling sculpture garden. Don't miss the two major highlights of the museum's collection: the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas and the largest mobile ever created by American sculptor Alexander Calder. For the sake of expediency, consider exploring the staggering collection of over 100,000 artworks on a guided tour of the galleries. Put National Gallery of Art on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Washington DC journey planner .
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  • Less crowded than the Met in NY. It has a feeling of gracious space. I enjoy relaxing for a few moments at a time in one of the spacious glassed in courtyards & the art collection is superb.  more »
  • If you are in DC be sure and stop by the National Gallery and catch a free art show that will make your day. Great collection of contemporary art that is constantly being reworked along with interesti...  more »
  • Impressive Museum of art... but in fact they are two... one classic art and modern art... with only cross the street or by an underground passageway. Just visit classic... highlight the paintings of the French Impressionists and the Dutch. There are some sculptures by Rodin and Degas. The building itself is a work of art. It can take you many hours to visit him with guide or audio guide. Or you can go... only the most important of the Museum with the gentle help of the Lady of the entry which you kindly explains and gives a map of the best. There is a café and an excellent restaurant in the basement.
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  • The museum is phenomenal. Amazing, well presented collection. People who work at the museum are super knowledgeable and are very helpful with questions. However the design of the building map is the worst. I was lost on the ground floor, trying to find Renaissance section, when Forrest, the gentleman who works on the ground floor of the main building, gave me the map annotated with his notes and highlights. Whoever is responsible for that map design should include his notes there, as they were hugely helpful to navigate the galleries. I spent 5 hours in the museum and it was the best experience ever. Without annotations on the map, it wouldn't be the same.
  • Wonderful place to visit!! Great exhibits and tours. The staff are friendly and helpful. The cafeteria had great options and not unfairly priced for the area and quality. West side was my favorite but going over to the East was worth the effort ... fun concourse moving sidewalk and great architecture even if you’re not into modern art.
  • Absolutely phenomenal! I'm not a huge art fan though I am fond of museums. Everything about this place is lovely. The architecture is astounding. The rooms are large ans easily accessible. There is so much to see and take in. We spent two hours in the museum and only saw a fourth of the second floor. Would definitely love to visit again and definitely worth a stop if you're in DC
  • National Treasure, and it is free. Living in the burbs, we only occasionally go into town because of the traffic and parking issues, but when we do, we usually add a visit to the National Gallery. It is truly one of the finest museums in the world and one of very few that is free to the public. Currently the featured exhibition is a major show of Vermeer, or more precisely Vermeer and his contemporaries since there are more works by other artists than by Vermeer, and some would suggest that others might have been as good or better than he was. Whatever, it is a terrific show and another example of why the National Gallery of Art is such a fantastic place to visit.
  • Amazing place to visit. All the employees were very helpful and nice. Free admission. Really big place, need at least two days to see everything. The contemporary art section was really interesting! The gift shop is worth visiting.

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