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National Gallery of Art

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Neighborhood: National Mall
Art museums, Museums
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Address: West Building, Constitution Avenue and 6th Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20002
Phone Number: 202-737-4215
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining, Ice skating
Description: One of the world's greatest art museums is comprised of two buildings: one...
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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We visited in January and enjoyed the experience very much. It seemed as though this museum was always placed last on our itenerary every time we visited D.C. because time just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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South Point, Ohio
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South Point, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

We visited in January and enjoyed the experience very much. It seemed as though this museum was always placed last on our itenerary every time we visited D.C. because time just did not allow. After visiting we quickly realized how much we had been missing. Upon entering we were met with a large group of security. Seemed like a ridiculous... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

This art gallery has a wonderful collection of European and American art. One of the things I like most about it is that it has many world-class pieces but doesn't have dozen by any single artist. This means your visit is wonderful and you don't get "museum fatigue". They have an excellent collection of American art (as you would expect).... More 

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews 66 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

The permanent exhibits are breath taking; always check to see what visiting or temporary exhibits are available. If you're a serious student of art, plan your time wisely or you may miss something you were dying to see. If you want to treat your eyes to an explosion of beauty, then get a map and wander. Lunch in the Cascade... More 

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Saginaw, Michigan
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85 reviews 85 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I did this with a time frame in mind and shouldn't have. We thought we could buzz right through in a few hours. And it turned out not to be the case. We really needed to stop and read and look and study and peruse. Well you get the idea. The works of art were amazing! We... More 

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Chicago
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298 reviews 298 reviews
122 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

If you love art, pick a period or a group of artists to zero in on. There is such a wonderful collection here that one can go into sensory overload if you don't.

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Virginia
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220 reviews 220 reviews
105 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

National Gallery of Art is impressive as it sounds. Check their website for hours as they can change depending on the season. Also look to see what's on exhibit as I can see why some people get bored by what's there and why others love it. See what they have on display before you go to see if it will... More 

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Madison, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Because it is free and ever-changing, this is a great place to visit even if you only have an hour or two. I went with my 15 yr old son who is short on patience for art museums, but we wandered through the French Impressionists and he was surprised and pleased by how many pieces and artists he recognized. The... More 

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Spring Lake, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

It is absolutely imperative that one take advantage of this world-class museum. the buildings themselves are works of art. The collection is broad ranging and inspiring and can only be matched, not surpassed. The cafeteria, although pricey, offers very good options. Access to the museum is free - amazing! I love this museum and make a point of going there... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I consider the National Gallery to be the second best art gallery in the U.S. (I think the Metropolitan is the best.) The painting selection is awesome, the layout is logical, the staffpeople are friendly and helpful, and its free! Don't miss it, even if you don't love art. If you love art, give it two or three days.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We have being here twice, the staff is wonderful, kids 7 and up will have a great time trying to find all the Artist and Pieces in the Gallery using the " guide-scavenger hunt time" at the information desk. Among other information and guide for kids. We really enjoyed the visit.

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