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National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 6,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is a superb gallery with endless quality exhibits. The fact that it is free makes it all the more reason to visit. It tends to be busy but thankfully on our visit the rooms were reasonably quiet ...  read more »
  • Standing inches away from a Monet, Renoir, DaVinci, Degas, Boticelli and so many more leave you inspired and humbled. The building itself is a work of art. 
  • We were primarily interested in Renaissance Art and the French Impressionist Movement. The gallery has plenty of paintings in both genres with easy access following the maps. 
  • Beautiful and provocative massive art collection. Gorgeous setting. I spend hours upon hours at NGA. I've visited too many times to count. The collection is so large I only visit one wing at a time. On some days I just sit at Nike's fountain and contemplate all the beauty. Wonderful docents and tours. Terrific special events. NGA is one of the most beautiful museums in the world. Entry is free. After much experience, imo, each wing requires a minimum of 3 hours. One of my most favorite places on Earth.
  • A fantastic art gallery. A bit of everything for everyone and always an interesting new exhibit. A great cafe downstairs near our sons favourite time tunnel to the modern art gallery. If they ever open the latter I will give this place 5 stars.
  • How can you get kids interested in art if they are not welcome at all! I went to visit with my 3 kids (10, 7 and 5). We live in the area but I was waiting for the right time to go as I was hoping to get them interested in art at a young age. Unfortunately my experience was really bad. The museum is great as it hosts great works of art, however almost every person I interacted was either a snob (very common on people interested in art for some reason) or plain rude. As soon as we entered the very first room, my 7 year old got to about 2 feet from a painting pointing at something he liked. My wife quickly stopped him and started explaining that he needed to stay away from the art. Even though she stopped him in time and we clearly had the kids under control, a security guard came and started scolding my son. My son got really scared, sat on a sofa and started sobbing silently, since he wanted to cover his face he put his legs on the sofa to cover his face with his knees. The guard came to him again and told him he needed to take his shoes off the (very cheap and plastic) sofa. I told the guard he was overreacting since he was just a kid and then he started with his typical speech of "you cannot tell me how to do my work" and actually asked us to leave the room. We did not leave the museum but you can imagine the kids have no interest on ever going to that museum again, and neither do I. I have great respect for the Smithsonian as an institution and love all other museums, however I was deeply sadden with the experience. I really cannot imagine how art can be promoted to kids if they are not welcome at all.
  • Wonderful collection, beautifully constructed building and lovely galleries. Make sure you attend the free guided tours which start at 11.30am which I found fascinating and a real eye opener. Most art work is not behind glass or restricted access so you can really appreciate the works in their original form. Works by Rembrandt stood out for me. One Leonardo da Vinci work but a stunning piece.
  • Incredible and diverse. This large collection covers a variety of eras and forms of art. It is very easy to spend hours in the museum, which is great when inclement weather makes touring DC unpleasant. A small cafe is available on the ground floor as well as the underground that goes east to the other museum.
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