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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  • August 14, 2017
    It was a very good Museum. There were chairs listening to see free of charge and you can break even, a little nice garden. Has Vermeer is writing a guidebook this was van Gogh's self-portrait is not.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We spent hours going through the collection here with our kids. There is so much to see and the kid's area is engaging. Worth a visit for art lovers and those looking to learn more.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    There is something here for everyone who loves art even a little bit--remember there are two buildings. If you want to see more traditional art then start on one side, there is also a sculpture garden...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    It is really amazing and extraordinary place. As a wedding photographer I am able to explore different places, but this Museum is just a fantastic place. All the time I am able to take just amazing pictures there. The atmosphere, lights everything is just supper for taking really creative pictures! This museum is one of my best-loved places for wedding and engagement sessions! :)
  • July 2, 2017
    An amazing display if various works by talented people throughout history. A little difficult to navigate but a great experience overall. Everything was beautiful and clean.
  • May 13, 2017
    I spend a whole afternoon at this museum and it's definitely worth it. It has fatastic drawings and the museum is huge. They had west buildings and east building. It's better for you to rent a audio guide to understand the artists' point of view in the drawings. You just enter the code under the drawing and then the audio guide will show the picture which is above the code that you just enter. The had a special code for kids and the audio will be easier and funnier. You can change the audio guide if you go from a building to another. Every building has the audio but you must return to where you rent it. Oh I forgot the most important part, the audio guide is FREE. The museum requires cafeteria but the food were really expensive.The gift shop is amazing to. They have magic cards and books and pencils and other fun staff.
  • June 27, 2017
    Very helpful information counter every time. I could go and look at one Masterpiece or one gallery or bath in a wing; I never leave enough time and always leave planning my next visit. The organization, size and scale of the museum is very manageable.
  • July 9, 2017
    Wonderful and important art pieces in sufficiently large spaces often with very comfortable seating, and all free. I could easily go often if I lived in DC. In NYC it would easily cost $25-$30 for the same.

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