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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  • We found this gem a day too late. It was scorching hot while we were here and our feet were screaming from walking miles when we found this. The art sculptures are nice but the fountain is heavenly. Y...  more »
  • The sculpture's were very nice, however the park was a bit smaller than I anticipated. The fountain is beautiful and there is cafe you can take a break at.  more »
  • Besides some interesting sculptures, the area around the central fountain is a gorgeous spot to rest your weary feet, breathe in and out, people watch, and eat an ice cream cone. I could have sat here...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful fountain. Lovely place to sit and relax. Sculptures are interesting
  • 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!