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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  • Get away from the hustle of DC for a minute & stroll trough the sculpture garden. There's even a cafe, that looks picture perfect there with views of the sculptures & the fountain.  more »
  • This is on the mall. Summer they have fountains going, shade and cute sculptures that kids like. Restrooms, gelato, cold water and soda. Don't let your kids put their feet in the water. long, long gra...  more »
  • Where the laid-back atmosphere is on the West side of the National Gallery of art sculpture garden, just to take a stroll around hotsuma. lumps become good mood. In particular, a kind of trick picture style look while walking home colored colorful objets d'art in the strangely changing angle has become the object. Interesting concept that. Once if you want to, take a look at why.
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  • 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. ⛸
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • The sculptures are great, cafe is nice, and everything is less expensive than expected. Love it. Ice skating in winter! ❄
  • Its a good rink just bring you're own skates if you have them the rental ones are really dull and they only have hockey skates from mens 11 and up