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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  • Beautiful place to hang around for a while. Many sculptures all around the garden. Located right next to the National Gallery of Art.  more »
  • A lot of interesting sculptures...location is a little interesting as well with placement a bit sporadic. But, overall worth checking out.  more »
  • Located near National Gallery of Art, this sculpture garden with ice rink is a nice space to relax and enjoy watching sculptures in an outdoor setting. The sculpture collections are not extensive. But...  more »
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  • Lots of great and interesting sculptures here. It makes for a very nice walk. It is also conveniently located next to some of the big museums. There is also a huge tile there which is nicely decorated. I think that this is a great place to go on a walk and get to see really nice pieces of art.
  • The gallery is well laid out. All the exhibts are clearly labeled and easy to navigate. There are free maps provided at the entrance.The building has a nice court yard in the middle and very clean restrooms.
  • Had a great experience! Rental fees are reasonable and the grounds are gorgeous. Head over to the Pavilion Cafe for amazing food! Makes a great couples night out or a fun activity with the kids!
  • It's a fun place. I go here quite often. The ice is a little too less, although it's the cheapest in town.
  • Haven't been there when the ice rink is up but this is a nice quiet little garden with unique sculptures.. Definately a great place to stop and take a break from your busy tour schedule in dc--somewhere you can stop on the way from the capitol to the Washington monument or vice versa.

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