National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

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The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is the most recent addition to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in the United States. It is located on the National Mall between the National Gallery's West Building and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.

Completed and opened to the public on May 23, 1999, the location provides an outdoor setting for exhibiting several pieces from the museum's contemporary sculpture collection. The collection is centered on a fountain which, from December to March, is converted to an ice-skating rink. (Such a rink predated the construction of the garden.) The outdoor Pavilion Café lies adjacent to the garden.
Laurie Olin and his firm, OLIN, were the landscape architects who redesigned the garden.
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  • Strolling through the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on a beautiful spring day is a pure delight, both looking at the art and the botany. Ahhh... 
    Strolling through the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on a beautiful spring day is a pure delight, both looking at the art and the botany. Ahhh...  more »
  • The great restaurants, including Clyde's in Georgetown and Busboys and Poets, in the area and the numbers of museums and other cultural sights makes any trip to the area be a memorable experience. 
    The great restaurants, including Clyde's in Georgetown and Busboys and Poets, in the area and the numbers of museums and other cultural sights makes any trip to the area be a memorable experience.  more »
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  • This is a neat place to take a walk and see some unique pieces of art! The only downside is that it’s almost all in the sun, so it’s super hot in the summer. The good thing is that there are benches, public restrooms, and a cafe. Be sure to check this place out if you’re in the area!
  • Small garden with a wonderful water fountain and a variety of fun modern sculptures. Don't miss this. You can quickly walk through it as you go from The Natural History Museum to the National Gallery of Art. Or, plan to stop, sit and eat. There's outdoor seating everywhere and a beautiful, reasonable priced cafe. This is a gem.

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