National Gallery Of Art

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  • Address: 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Constitution Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20565, United States, Washington D. C.
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-2027374215
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Art Museum, Art Gallery, Family And Kids

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National gallery of art hours -

  • Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm
  • Closed on December 25 and January 01

Sculpture Garden Hours (May 18, 2018 to August 26, 2018) -

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Friday - Jazz in the Garden: 10 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm


The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C is a great place for art lovers. It is located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue. Established in 1937, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC features a huge collection of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and other national gallery of art exhibits and shows how the art flourished from the Middle Ages to the modern period. Most of the artworks present here are donated by different socialists and philanthropists like Paul Mellon and Lessing J. Rosenwald. Besides, the museum is also the proud owner of the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas as well as the biggest mobile developed by Alexander Calder. One of the largest museums in North America, the National Gallery of Art has a West Building, East Building, and a Sculpture Garden.

Sculpture Garden -

Adjacent to the West Building of the National Gallery of Art is the Sculpture Garden which is nestled in a 6.1-acre block. This garden opens a bundle of American species of shrubs, flowering trees, and plants. The main feature of the Sculpture Garden is its fountain at the center. It serves as an ice rink during winter. Another feature of the garden is the Pavilion Cafe with indoor seating. You can enter the Sculpture Garden from any of the six entryways. The place also offers volunteer programs for the people interested in horticulture. There are some rules that one needs to follow while at Sculpture Garden-

  • Take a tour of the National Gallery’s artworks, but do not touch them.
  • Bicycle ride and skating are not allowed inside the garden complex.
  • Do not get any alcoholic beverage from outside.
  • No animal is allowed to enter except the service dogs.

National Gallery of Art Exhibitions -

The National Gallery of Art houses a number of exhibitions. While some of these are permanent installations, some are temporary.

National Gallery of Art West Building -

The West Building of the gallery comprises of the paintings and sculptures from the medieval period created by the famous European artists. This collection also includes the works by the 19th and 20-century American artists. The works of Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, and Vincent van Gogh can be found here. The gorgeous self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh is displayed here. It is one of the paintings that are not to be missed while here. The self portrait of the famous painter Rembrandt is equally significant. Other iconic pieces here include “the Adoration of the Magi”, “the Alba Madonna” by Raphael as well as “A boy in a red Waistcoat” by Cezanne.

National Gallery of Art East Building -

The East building National Gallery of Art is more about the contemporary and modern art and displays the paintings by Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse and more. The same building also has a research center as well as the main office of the National Gallery of Art.

The National Gallery of Art also conducts special temporary exhibitions on different topics such as Sense of Humor, Marine Paintings, Murals, Renaissance Prints, Portraits, Heavenly Earth, Kitchen Table Series, Recent Acquisitions Made in California and more.

The Gallery Shop -

The NGA also offers a gallery shop where one can buy a souvenir. The main parts of the gallery shop are:

  • West Shop - It offers a wide variety of postcards, scarves, posters, jewelry, handbags, home decor, books and other gift items.
  • Concourse Bookstore - This bookstore features a large collection of books on art, architecture, photography, and cinema published by the National Gallery of Art.
  • Children’s Shop - It has everything a kid would love, from toys to books and puzzles.
  • East Shop - Giftware inspired by the 20the and 21st-century art can be found here.

Educational Programs -

The National Gallery of Arts not only showcases the artistic grandeur of America and Europe but also offers a number of educational programs for the art-lovers. There are programs for:

  • Teachers- to connect with the resources
  • Kids- to learn the basics of painting
  • Families- a multigenerational program to engage an entire family
  • Teens- to explore the creativity in art
  • Adults- gallery talks, audio tours, and discussions
  • Interns- to discover the opportunities in horticulture and art

The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. also offers a library for the scholars and researchers. The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) is also located here. The monographs, children’s books, and other publications by the NGA are also worth exploring.

Tour and Guides -

The National Art Museum DC offers self-guided tours with the help of its easy-to-use audios, daily guided tours, foreign language tours, accessible tours, and school tours that allow teachers to guide the students about the gallery.

National Gallery Of Art Information

  • Since the gallery promotes public transportation, there is no parking space inside the complex. However, you may get a parking space on the nearby streets and garages.
  • The entrance of both the east and west buildings have ramps for wheelchairs, walkways for strollers, and elevators. The cafe and garden are also wheelchair accessible.
  • The gallery and sculpture garden both allow entry to the service dogs.
  • Special accessible programs are offered for the deaf, blind, and those who can't hear to see clearly.
  • The facilities like American Sign Language video tours as well as Audio recording and podcasts are available to learn better about the gallery’s collection and artists.

How To reach National Gallery Of Art by Public Transport

Metrobus and Metro rail 

Take a Metrobus to stop at Archives-Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter on Green and Yellow lines. You can also take a Metrorail to stop at 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Capital Bikeshare

This is another good option to come to the National Art Gallery. The Capital Bikeshare station can be found on 4th Street and Madison Drive.

Washington D.C. Circulator Bus

You can follow the National Mall route while taking the Bus.

Restaurants Near National Gallery Of Art

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  • National Gallery Of Art Address: 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Constitution Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20565, United States, Washington D. C.
  • National Gallery Of Art Contact Number: +1-2027374215
  • National Gallery Of Art Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
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National Gallery Of Art, Washington D. C. Reviews

  • One of my favorite museums in DC, the NGA's modern West Wing features some of the world's best living and recent artists in all media, while the East Wing offers an extensive collect of classical art from around the world. During a recent Saturday afternoon visit, I saw an outstanding show of British artist Barbara Whitehead's eerie and beautiful "cast" sculptures in compelling installations, while the East Wing mounted a show of Corot's relatively rare portraits of women that made me want to return during the week to study them more closely (and with fewer crowds). Don't miss the elegant cafe with a prix-fixe menu of American specialties at the ground floor entrance to the East Wing, the larger and more boisterous cafe in the underground passage between the two wings, plus a spectacular moving walkway through a tunnel, surrounded by a futurist digital light installation.

  • Wonderful museum and the permanent collection is stunning. West is larger and contains the older works and East is modern. In the modern, don't forget to go to the towers and see the outside sculpture pieces and the Calder exhibit inside. One note on the East also...the Matisse cutouts close at 2pm for the preservation of the paper (I missed them because I went there last 😔.) They have 4 Vermeers in the West museum, but two were out on loan during my visit.

  • I grew up in DC and every time I visit, I always make a trip here. They have so many amazing works and a fantastic self guided tour. Their gift shop and eating options are also fantastic. I recommend this place to anyone. The first time visitor to the locals. It has something for everyone.

  • The Smithsonian National Gallery of Art East Building is always a fascinating collection of contemporary art to explore. There is an open airy and relaxing atmosphere in this gallery. The Concourse connects to the West Building that is another gallery filled with classical art & sculptures. Both have excellent selections of famous art, both are part of the Smithsonian association, both are free!

  • The art collection was great. We spent most of our time in the West Bldg. The staff and security was more pleasant at this location than the other museums. Plus, several were actually knowledgeable about the art. We grabbed a snack in the cafeteria downstairs because it was fairly reasonable compared to cafe upstairs. The bathrooms were clean here. Good experience overall.

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