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National Gallery of Art

West Building, Constitution Avenue and 6th Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20002 (National Mall)
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Ranked #1 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining, Ice skating
Owner description: One of the world's greatest art museums is comprised of two...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining, Ice skating
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: One of the world's greatest art museums is comprised of two buildings: one holds paintings from the 13th through the 18th centuries and the other exhibits modern art.
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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

One thing I love about the National Gallery is the stands located occasionally in different rooms. You'll find artists there, painting the masters. It's a surprise, and also interesting to see what they do differently from the original (many times, better!). Another facet to the educational efforts of this wonderful art museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Gallery 6 has the only Da Vinci painting in America, and it has both sides displayed! The rotunda is beautiful especially around Christmas time.

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Brussels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The museum is very good and the entrance is free and the museum is easy to reach. There is a lot to see. In case you can limit your visit to what interest you.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Spend most of two days walking the galleries and contemplating life in the luxurious public rotundas.

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Went here as my son wanted to see an original Van Gogh after learning about him and his artwork in 1st grade. The receptionist was nice enough to give my son a bookmark with the print on it. If you're bringing in water, make sure that it is in your bag. If it is carried in the open, they will... More 

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Tacoma WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I try to come here every time I am in DC, and focus on a different section. You can't see everything, better to select a period or school of painting and take your time. The current film on El Greco (Dec 2014) was fascinating and a great preparation for seeing his paintings and those who inspired him (nearby). It's free,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

One could spend DAYS exploring the National Gallery. The art is nothing short of extraordinary. Take a tip and plan out which galleries to explore-- in the East Building the architecture is the star of the show (though now being renovated, still inspiring)... shops at both are marvelous, especially the vast array of reprints.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

No dislikes...just fabulous art, free to view! An old friend to both of us. Ancient Asian, American contemporary, something for everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Love the art. Best museum in DC for beauty, traditional art. Guards are not helpful, but the maps are. The place is a maze, but I was happily lost in the beauty.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This is one of the gem components of the Smithsonian, which means that entry is free. It represents the interests of many of America's wealthy families of European Art, with good examples of 18th and 19th Century American works. Collection strengths include early Italian paintings (Giotto), medieval French and Italian painting and sculpture ( most important masters), Renaissance Art, Neo-Classical,... More 

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