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 23 May 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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  • October 2, 2017
    Beautiful garden. Lovely place to take a rest & enjoy some good art. Nice cafe. The metal tree is extraordinary! Takes only a few minutes if you want to breeze thru..  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    nice cafe in this park which is not big, near to carousel at the castle. many benches to sit and many large sculpture pieces. across from National archives to view the Declaration of Indepndance, and ...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    Strolling among heroic size sculptures is enjoyable and this outdoor collection is memorable. One whimsical piece is the giant eraser! Fun!  more »
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  • April 14, 2017
    This place rocks. The kids were tired of walking and the museums were starting to get really crowded. We stumbled across this place on our way to the national history museum. The kids were able to sit down in the shade and watch the fountain. They also loved looking at all the sculptures. If you want to take a load off the feet and relax for a little this place is perfect.
  • July 7, 2017
    This outdoor sculpture area is easily missed by all the tourists, but it's a lovely space with a mix of contemporary sculptures, including a Sol Lewitt piece. Cafe and live music add a touch of delight and charm; good place to relax after a long day around the museums.
  • March 6, 2017
    Absolutely loved my experience in the Ice Rink. The staff was so engaging and kind. I love to ice skate (not an expert) and this is the perfect place to enjoy the sculpture, the music and the great environment. One of my first experiences in DC and one of the best so far. So don't hesitate to go and skate, there is not much time left. ⛸
  • March 18, 2017
    This is a must-do D.C. experience. This small-ish space turns into a charming ice rink that affords an intimate experience for skilled skaters and learners alike. Street parking on the weekends is typically doable.
  • January 26, 2017
    The fountain is very round, just how I like it. It has a wide flat lip for sitting down and admiring the surrounding area. It is encircled with well maintained trees. Very nice!

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