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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 holiday planner.
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  • I found myself becoming overloaded halfway through the second floor and I am a grown woman with a lot of energy. There is just so much to take in that trying to do it all in a few hours seems like gor...  more »
  • National Gallery is one of the best art museums I went. I've been to the Art Institute in Chicago, but I think this one is better. You can spend your whole day inside and enjoy the art and culture. Bt...  more »
  • this is one of the premiere art galleries in the world. A must see in DC. I love that there aren't normally that many people and you can admire the paintings calmly, without being pushed around like i...  more »
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  • Excellent. A real gem. The exhibits were laid out well and the place flowed perfectly. Guards/staff around the gallery were all friendly and seemed very happy to help (easily able to direct us to see some specific artists that we asked about). Time flew by for us in here. So glad that we visited.
  • They have an incredible range of art from almost every period. Highlights for me were the Rembrandt and Dutch section, and the pop art. You can easily spend a whole day here. Audio tours are free so I recommend picking one up!
  • This place is absolutely amazing and wonderfully beautiful if you are an art lover. The museum is peaceful and serine with fountains and sculptures every where. Even if you just need a print to hang on our wall at home this museum is a great place to shop. With 3 stores there are never ending options for anyone. The cafeteria is one of the best of all the museums offering the best selection to suite any appetite.
  • Incredibly beautiful and large art museum with one of the best collections in the world. The art is historical and sophisticated, and if you're really not familiar with any of it I highly recommend going on a tour so you can learn the history behind some of the greatest pieces. Obviously this really isn't a place for small children - especially since art galleries always are intended to be quieter so people and admire and reflect on the works. Kids may look at a few things but will get bored and tire of walking around quickly since they don't understand what they're looking at. You're better off taking them to the Natural Science and Air & Space museums instead.
  • My great uncle brought me here when I was about 10 or 11 and the experience left lasting memories. More recently, I have gone with my wife and as we walked through each gallery, those early memories were still right there. The exhibits in both the classic and the modern art wings are well worth it though given the number of galleries and the size of the museum, I'd recommend carving out a day for just this one. The food at the cafeteria is great as well, this was one of our "go to" spots for lunch and ambiance.