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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The National Gallery of Art is a paradise for art lovers, but you don’t have to be an art lover to enjoy it. So much beauty!
The National Gallery of Art is a paradise for art lovers, but you don’t have to be an art lover to enjoy it. So much beauty! more »
I loved the domed atrium. What a beatiful oasis with the fountain. This is a huge art museum so plan your visit according to your time, energy and art preferences.
I loved the domed atrium. What a beatiful oasis with the fountain. This is a huge art museum so plan your visit according to your time, energy and art preferences. more »
WOW! Just wow! This museum is so wonderful! Everything is accessible and easy to view. The staff was exceptional! So friendly and helpful! And able to answer all our questions. We only had time for one wing, but can't wait to come back and finish!
Being immersed within such fine, original pieces of art was awe inspiring. It reminded me how essential for the human soul that art is in our world. Breathing in this history and beauty was priceless. The layout of this museum allowed for space to take in each piece and time period. The staff was helpful, quiet, and kind. This place was one of my favorite places on the National Mall for sure and I want to go back!
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