Huge permanent
collection of art

National Gallery of Art

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Why locals love it

The National Gallery of art is located on the National Mall. The art is housed in two huge buildings and a sculpture garden, which are all connected by foot (all of which are, also, free). The art is mostly American and European (with Asian art at the nearby Freer and Sackler galleries). You could lose days to the permanent collections alone.

Why you should visit it

Though there are favorite pieces at other American museums, this one is a vast national feat boasting America's great collections of work throughout history. West Building houses works by Europeans from the medieval through the late 19th century, as well as pre-Modernist works by Americans. East Building holds modern and contemporary works.

Special tip

The moving walkway from West to East buildings is a stunning way to change consciousness when switching from old to contemporary.

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2 Comments

I prefer the NGOA East building, designed by I.M. Pei, for its contemporary objects, and an array of special traveling exhibits
Leo
Local
March 23, 2019
What's there not to like!
Cynthia
Local
February 13, 2018
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