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  • Address: 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, National Mall, Washington D.C. 20565, USA
  • Hours: Open Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 11am - 6pm
  • Admission: Free

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National Gallery of Art

Affiliated with but not a part of the Smithsonian, the National Gallery needs two buildings (connected by an underground tunnel) to house its stunning collections (more than 110,000 objects) of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the present. Kids love the walking escalator that traverses the two buildings and conveniently empties into the airy cafeteria where you can press your nose against the giant sheet of glass and look out onto a cascading waterfall.

The original neoclassical building, known as the West Building, exhibits primarily European works, from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century, including pieces by El Greco, Monet, and Cézanne. Don't miss the room full of Renoirs, including the famous Girl with a Hoop.

Across 4th Street NW, the angular East Building is where you'll find the Calder mobile along with other abstract and modern works. Across 7th Street from the West Wing sits the National Gallery Sculpture Garden, a beautifully landscaped park of open lawns, a pool with a spouting fountain, and 17 sculptures. In warm weather, people linger for lunch on the wide rim of the pool.

Practical Info

The National Gallery of Art is located on the north side of the National Mall, convenient to metro and bus stops. An information desk has a floor plan and a calendar of events. Allow at least 2 hours to tour the gallery, more for exploring other buildings.

The gallery has a number of dining options, including the sculpture garden's Pavilion Café. On Sunday evenings, October through June, the gallery hosts a popular concert series.

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National Gallery of Art Small-Group Walking Tour, Washington DC, null
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National Gallery of Art Small-Group Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

With an art historian as your guide, take a three-hour small-group tour of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. In a group of no ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Renegade Group Tour of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Walking Tours
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Renegade Group Tour of the National Gallery of Art

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

This local tour operator offers a highly interactive, subversive, fun, non-traditional museum tour.

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up, Washington DC, Literary, Art & Music ... 
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

Explore the monuments at night with this 3 hour guided tour of the National Mall and its memorials. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an educational ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Private Half Day Narrated Washington DC Tour

A private narrated tour is ideal for those who want to sit back, be chauffeured, and learn about the city at the ease of our drivers and fun tour guides. ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch

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Beat the long entrance lines and see some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC on this full-day sightseeing extravaganza. Enjoy priority entry ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Guided Tour of Washington DC

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Explore Washington DC’s top landmarks and monuments on a 3- or 6-hour tour by deluxe coach with full narration from an expert guide throughout the tour. Stop ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: Varies

From USD $60.00
Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass, Washington DC, Full-day Tours
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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

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Explore the best of Washington DC at your own pace with this 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus pass and admission to up to five city attractions. Admire famous ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 48 hours from time of voucher exchange

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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials, Washington DC, Hop-on ... 
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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Enjoy easy transportation across the city by double-decker bus on three sightseeing loops with this hop-on hop-off tour in Washington DC. With a 24-hour pass, ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 24 or 48 hours from time of redemption

From USD $48.00
Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour, Washington DC, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 57 Reviews

DC after dark wonder is a comprehensive tour with the guide directing you to all the monuments and memorials at a wonderful pace while giving you fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Sites by Segway In Washington DC, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Sites by Segway In Washington DC

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

This Segway tour provides an overview of the National Mall from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial.

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $64.00

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