Lives in Calgary, Canada
Since Aug 2010
50-64 year old male
Art Museums, History Museums
Monuments & Statues
Monuments & Statues
Historic Walking Areas, Parks
Art Museums, Gardens
This was the real gem in DC. The collection is outstanding and lists not just a who's who in art, but master works like Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party, the Rothko Room, Van Gogh's The Road Menders, El Greco's The Repentant St. Peter. We were there between shows so we didn't even see everything and this beautiful gallery, set in the Phillips mansion just blew me away. Plan at least 3 hours here.
This is the real deal. Every capital city deserves a vast art gallery housed in a beautiful building. But this one will blow you away. From the small Leonardo to Van Gogh's Self Portrait to the stunningly Rembrandt room to the Verneers and of course, Singer Sargent and Picasso's Family of the Saltimbanques. Plan for a day (although we came back for a second day!). I kid you not, they have a lot of art.
Sadly this gallery has been closed when the Smithsonian tOok over. Not sure what its status is? It does have a very solid collection housed in an elegant building.
There are actually two museums here - The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Museum of Art. Both are worth seeing. The National Portrait Gallery houses a fabulous collection, from Karsh photos to portraits of the presidents. Check out Bill Clinton by Chuck Close!
This elegant building puts on a vast array of opera and music events but there is something timeless in wanding around the building, as well as the outside. I took in an opera here and even sitting outside looking at the Potomac during intermission was enjoyable.
The Sackler/Freer has a wonderful Asian art collection as well as some beautiful Whistler paintings but the creme de la creme is Whistler's Peacock room - a room restored from its 1908 original state. Truly a time capsule.
Another complete surprise is the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Why? Housed in an absolute gem of a historic building, you will find a beautiful, rich collection of women artists from well-known Frida Kahlo, Alice Neal, Joan Mitchel, Mary Cassatt to so many lesser known artists. Of course the surprise is that these artists deserve much more attention. So don't miss this museum.
I am not a big war memorial fan but I was almost moved to tears here, seeing so many people looking for names. This really sets the somber and reflective mood.
Totally awe inspiring and moving. Go for the serenity (yes despite the crowds) and the mood. Somber and reflective. Felt like a cathedral in Europe. Grand but not grandiose.
Need a break from all that art or in some cases, going from the National Gallery of Art to the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden, you need to cross this giant park. Its quiet, moving with all the history and a good work out. This is where so many folks just chill. Enjoy it!
When we were here part of the museum was closed but the real treat, apart from looking at the beautiful building from the exterior is to wander through the beautiful sculpture garden. It is small and confined but elegantly positioned art makes it such a refreshing visit.