National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

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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  • One need not go to Europe to experience the art of Rembrandt, Rubens, Degas, Renoir, Picasso, Van Go, Vinci, and other masters. There is also major works of Americans, such as Andrew Wyatt, O'Keefe...  more »
  • I stopped here after needing to get a drink of water from a long walk and I was thoroughly impressed at how beautiful it was!  more »
  • I was surprised to hear that this is not a Smithsonian Museum as it is free. It has an extraordinary collection of Degas and Rodin sculptures as well as some beautiful impressionist art and American....  more »
  • One of the most impressive art museums in the world. The National Gallery of Art has an incredible array of art pieces and everyone will find something here for them! I would recommend planning to spend several days here if you want to take in the entire gallery! This is a great place for anyone to visit - travelers and natives of the city alike. Washington DC is fortunate to have such wonderful public institutions hosting our nation's treasures. If you are in DC, do not miss the National Gallery of Art.
  • The National Gallery of Art is an amazing collection of art. The layout is such that you can find what you want to see, while also wander and see new things. There are two buildings, one with modern art and one with more traditional art. You can go between the two via a beautiful underground hallway. I think you could spend days in this museum. Luckily, like all Smithsonian museums, it's free... so you can come and go. We are lucky to have the Smithsonian museums. Highly recommend a stop at the National Gallery if you are in DC. If you found this review helpful, please "like."
  • One day is not enough to do the full round of visit to the gallery. Marvelous collection of arts and sculptures. Finding parking space is difficult near to the gallery. Be prepared to spend one day in the gallery. It gives nice experience. Enjoyed it. Bit crowded during weekends and holidays. Plan to go during weekdays.
  • Lovely exhibits and programs for adults and kids. Educational programs are awesome for kids that adults even learn. The museum interiors are awesome and easy layout. It's pretty huge and is one of the best buildings in DC. Cafeterias are nice too.
  • Mind-blowing. The spot is enormous and one could spend numerous hours there. Any celebrated craftsman you can consider will have works shown here. My most loved are the Renaissance works of art. There was an extraordinary room devoted to crafted by a Venice ace painter named Tintoretto who is my new top pick. Unimaginable ability, astounding subtleties, and decisions of shading. Section to this historical center is FREE

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