National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

4.8
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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  • This is one of the best museums. Every room is beautiful with spectacular art. The DaVinci is the only one in all of the Americas, north and south. It is truly breathtaking. I was speaking with one of...  more »
  • This Art Museum is great. It's laid out well, but it can be a maze if you don't grab a map. Lots of famous piece here, again, the map will help.  more »
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  • I'm giving it 2 stars because of a security issue. This has nothing to do with the Museum, other than the way they handled the incident. I chaperoned my grandson's school trip and was responsible for a small group of fifth graders. One of the security guards didn't inform me that my grandson should wear his backpack over one shoulder. Once we walked through security, and my grandson walked over to meet with his friends, another security guard walked up behind him and yanked his backpack causing him to stumble, then proceeded to berate him. I didn't appreciate that man putting his hands on my 11 year old grandchild, so I filed a complaint and had a meeting with an investigator. After the meeting, he informed me that I would be contacted with their findings. That never happened. I've read other reviews about the security guards and their behavior, so be mindful of that when you go in.
  • One of the best museums in North America. Not as diverse as Metro in NYC, yet can easily take several days to browse the entire collection. Dutch section is specially good. Modern art wing is modest but quality sure compensats the quantity. Very friendly for kids. Two places to grab a bite or cup of coffee. Don't hesitate, just go ...

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