National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

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3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue, (202) 737-4215
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    National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 13, 2009

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    This was a wonderful relief to find in such heat when I was visiting. We ventured into the 6.1 acre garden and discovered it had all these wonderful sculptures to enjoy and plus it had this huge fountain to sit by and stick our feet in. Lots of wonderful plants and flowers to enjoy too!

    During the winter months the fountain area in converted to a ice skating rink during November 15 thru March 15 weather permitting.
    Regular hours are:
    Mon - Thurs 10am - 5pm
    Friday - Sat 10am - midnight
    Sunday 11am - 9 Pm

    Sculpture Garden Open
    Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm
    Sun 11am - 6pm

    There are brocures by the gate with alot of wonderful imformation and tells you about each of the sculptures.

    Directions: On the corner of Madison Ave, 7 th Street, and Constitution Ave.

    Website: http://www.nga.gov

    See my sis to the right?:-)
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    The Only da Vinci in America

    by TexasDave Updated Jan 5, 2009

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    I already have a tip on the National Gallery but this deserves its own space. This is the only place in the U.S. where you can see a da Vinci painting, Ginevra de Benci, which is of oil on wood and is dated between 1474-78. Adding to its interest, both sides of the panel are painted. The back has a juniper wreath with the Latin words "Beauty Adorns Virtue". It is also unusual in that the background is an open landscape instead of an interior room, and it is a three quarter view, not a profile, which was the established norm of the day.

    Address: 3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue,

    Phone: (202) 737-4215

    Website: http://www.nga.gov/

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    Don't Miss This! (Part B)

    by TexasDave Written Dec 30, 2008

    National Gallery of Art- East Building

    Connected to the original building by an underground tunnel (which also contains a gift shop and cafeteria) the East Building was designed by famed architect I. M. Pei and mostly contains contemporary art, in contrast to the mostly older works found in the West building. However, at times temporary exhibits featuring non-modern art themes are housed here as well. The large open atrium in the center of the building allows for several large mobile-like pieces and the 'big' names in modern art are all represented: Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein, etc.

    Address: 3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue,

    Phone: (202) 737-4215

    Website: http://www.nga.gov/

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    Don't Miss This! (Part A)

    by TexasDave Updated Dec 30, 2008

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    National Gallery of Art- West Building

    The scope and quality of the art on display is mind-boggling. All of the greats are represented.

    Even if you're not an art lover this gallery deserves at least a quick go-through.
    If you are an art lover, plan on at least a full day to go through the different halls slowly and absorb what you're seeing.

    P.S. You are allowed to take photos, even with flash. I've posted a couple of the more famous works of art on display.

    Address: 3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue,

    Directions: On the National Mall

    Phone: (202) 737-4215

    Website: http://www.nga.gov/

    Outside Entrance Entrance Rotunda in Spring Van Gogh Degas Sculpture
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    National Gallery Sculpture Garden

    by TexasDave Written Dec 30, 2008

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    Located in the 6.1-acre block adjacent to the West Building, the elegant yet informal Garden includes native American species of trees, flowering trees, shrubs, and perennials. There are 17 different sculptures scattered around the fountain, which serves as an ice rink in winter, in the center of the Garden, and walking and seating areas offer visitors a chance to rest and reflect on the works on view. The Pavilion Café is a good place to get a light meal or liquid refreshment.

    Address: National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenu

    Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, 1999
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    National Gallery of Art: Enjoy the Architecture

    by dek516 Written Apr 21, 2008

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    The NGA, which opened in 1937, is home to great art, but the building itself is also worth a look. The exterior, like many buildings in DC is classical in style with Ionic columns adorning the front. Inside are expansive hallways with arches, domed ceilings, marble floors, statues and many flowers. The lower level includes a pretty wall of cascading water as you leave the west building on your way to the east side.

    Address: 3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue,

    Phone: (202) 737-4215

    Website: http://www.nga.gov/

    Gallery interior Another interior shot Gallery exterior
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    National Gallery of Art: American Works

    by dek516 Written Apr 21, 2008

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    As might be expected in the nation's capitol, the National Gallery houses a large collection of American art. Artists represented include Homer, Whistler, Cassatt, Singelton Copley, Stuart and Bellows. One of my favorites is a Singleton Copley of rescuers aboard a rowboat trying to save a man from a shark attack. A famous portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart is also on display.

    Address: 3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue,

    Phone: (202) 737-4215

    Website: http://www.nga.gov/

    Watson and the Shark by Singleton Copley
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    National Gallery of Art: Older Works

    by dek516 Written Apr 21, 2008

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    A large collection of art from the Medieval period to the Renaissance to 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish works are housed on the second floor of the Gallery.

    Medieval works are almost always religious in theme. Unless you're a big fan, take in a few of these rooms and move on-- all of these works start to look similar after a while.

    Renaissance works include paintings by Botticelli and Raphael, as well as a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci's painting is probably the most famous at the Gallery and is the only painting by the artist located in the United States.

    Dutch and Flemish works are often of daily life scenes and frequently focus on the effects of light on a setting. The Gallery houses numerous works by Rembrandt and his studio.

    Address: 3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue,

    Phone: (202) 737-4215

    Website: http://www.nga.gov/

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    National Gallery of Art: Post Impressionists

    by dek516 Written Apr 21, 2008

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    On the second floor of the Gallery, in the same wing as the impressionists, you can find a large collection of post-impressionist works. The post-impressionist period spanned from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Artists contributing to the movement, all of whom are represented at the Gallery, include Van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Cezanne.

    Works by Cezanne in the Gallery take up an entire room and include landscapes, portraits and still life images. The small Van Gogh collection includes landscapes, flowers and portraits. Many of Gauguin's Tahitian scenes are represented.

    Address: 3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue,

    Phone: (202) 737-4215

    Website: http://www.nga.gov/

    Van Gogh flowers

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    National Gallery of Art: Impressionists

    by dek516 Written Apr 21, 2008

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    The West Wing of the National Gallery of Art houses older art works, dating from Medieval times to early 20th century. More modern works are in the East Wing.

    A very good collection of Impressionist pieces can be found in the West Wing, including ballerinas by Degas, cathedrals and flower gardens by Monet, Parisian scenes by Manet, and pictures of women and children by Renoir.

    Address: 3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue,

    Phone: (202) 737-4215

    Website: http://www.nga.gov/

    Degas' dancers A Monet garden
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    national gallery of art

    by doug48 Written Sep 16, 2007

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    the national gallery is located in two buildings on the mall across the park from the smithsonian. the newer east wing houses modern art and the more traditional building to the west houses european and american traditional art. the european painting rooms are a must see site in washington. in my opinion the national gallery is the best art museum in america next to the metropolitan in new york. for lovers of fine art the west wing is a must see spot in washington.

    Address: 3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue,

    Directions: the mall, metro: smithsonian

    Phone: (202) 737-4215

    Website: http://www.nga.gov/

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    National Gallery of Art

    by besbel Updated Jul 25, 2007

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    The National Gallery of Art is one of the museums located at the National Mall. From all of them, and by far, this one is my favorite. This museum has an amazing collection that covers almost all artistic manifestations, like paintings, sculpture and ceramics. In case of painting, it covers most of the historical international and national trends.
    I was mostly amazed with the Impressionist gallery. You could find several Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne. You can also find artwork from Leonardo, Rafael Sanzio, Rembrandt and others. I've been there twice, and I feel I need a couple more of times to go and enjoy its treasures. The entrance is free, and you can also enjoy of other activities in the gallery, like music concerts, movies and lectures.

    Address: 3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue,

    Phone: (202) 737-4215

    Website: http://www.nga.gov/

    NGA-Monet's Pallazo da Mula-Venice
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    Sculpture Garden

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated Jun 20, 2007

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    HOURS

    Monday through Saturday: 10am to 5pm
    Sunday: 11pm to 6pm

    Extended Hours (Memorial to Labor Day )
    Monday through Thursday & Saturday: 10 am to 7pm
    Friday: 10am to 9pm
    Sunday: 11am to 7pm

    Ice Rink Hours (Nov. 15 to March 15)
    Monday through Thursday: 10am to 11pm
    Friday and Saturday: 10am to Midnight
    Sunday: 10am to 9pm

    Address: 7th Street at Constitution Avenue,

    Phone: (202) 737-4215

    Website: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/sculptureinfo.htm

    Mark di Suvero's Sculpture Me @ the Entrance on 7th & Constitution Ice Rink Joan Miro's Sculpture The entrance @ 7th & Constitution
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    National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

    by chewy3326 Written Jan 2, 2007

    The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is a block-large sculpture garden west of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art. Personally, I'm not a big fan of most the art here, though some might enjoy it; there are various scupltures and figures and pyramids, and in the center of the garden is an ice-skating rink. It is directly south of the National Archives.

    Address: 3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue,

    Directions: Metro Stop: Archives-Navy Memorial

    Phone: (202) 737-4215

    Website: http://www.nga.gov/

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    National Gallery of Art

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 19, 2006

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    This is one of the world's greatest art museums--definitely a must-see for any art lover. It has a fine collection of the old European masters, American artists, and more.

    It consists of two buildings, the ultra-modern East Building and the more traditional Greek-revival West Building.

    Address: 3rd & 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue,

    Directions: On the north side of the National Mall, between the Natural History Museum and the US Capitol. Metro: Smithsonian or Navy Memorial/Archives.

    Phone: (202) 737-4215

    Website: http://www.nga.gov/

    The National Gallery of Art Inside the rotunda of the West Building One of the West Building's Garden Courts One of the sculpture galleries The East Building
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