National Gallery of Art
This six-story, highly interactive news museum is worth the admission price. You can delve into the major events of recent years (the...
From November to March the fountain at the National Sculpture Garden becomes a festive ice rink.
National Sculpture Garden
The National Gallery of Art’s 6-acre garden is studded with whimsical sculptures such as Roy Lichtenstein’s House, a giant Claes...
Jazz in the Garden
Lots of locals show up for these outdoor jazz, blues and world-music concerts at the National Sculpture Garden. Bring a blanket and...
Located at the juncture of the National Gallery's two wings, the Cascade offers views of just that: a shimmering, IM Pei–designed...
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National Gallery of Art information
The staggering collection spans the Middle Ages to the present. The neoclassical west building showcases European art through the early 1900s; highlights include the Western Hemisphere's only da Vinci painting and a slew of impressionist and postimpressionist works. The IM Pei–designed east building displays modern art, with works by Picasso, Matisse, Pollock and a massive Calder mobile over the entrance lobby. Alas, it's closed (except for the lobby) until 2016 for renovations. A trippy underground walkway connects the two wings.