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“Rooms filled with Art”

National Gallery of Art
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Renegade Group Tour of the National Gallery of Art
Ranked #10 of 493 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: We belong to you. The National Gallery of Art—the nation’s museum—preserves, collects, exhibits, & fosters understanding of works of art.
Reviewed February 4, 2012

I love this museum with its beautiful, balanced proportions, indoor garden rooms, and of course, the rooms filled with artwork. Be sure to leave time for a visit to the excellent museum shop to purchase gifts for friends, family, or yourself. There are also two very nice restaurants and the indoor garden rooms are wonderful, quiet places to relax and take a break from wandering the galleries.

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Reviewed February 4, 2012

I'm sure there isn't much I can add to other the praise other reviews have offered but, simply put, I will try to mention a few tips for first time visitors.
The Gallery, as you would imagine, is massive. A game plan can help - especially if you are not prepared to dedicate the half day (plus) that it would take to see everything.
The East Building showcases permanent and rotating exhibitions of the finest in contemporary art - the recent Basquiat & Warhol exhibit was mind-blowing - and the West Building pulls together the best of everything else - from ancient art to classics by the masters. The West Building also houses other major visiting exhibitions. Our last visit gave us the opportunity to see a major collection of Picasso drawings and Callahan photographs.
The two are connected by an under-the-street thoroughfare that includes a great gift shop and sprawling cafe/dining options.
Your best bet is to do some research online ahead of time - check out what exhibits will be shown during your visit and determine what your priorities are during your time there.
You'll also want to be sure to save time to take in the impressive Sculpture Garden, just across the street from the West building - this is also home to a small skating ring in the winter, should the mood hit you.
Enjoy - I know I always do!

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Reviewed February 3, 2012

Check out the re-opened French Gallery and the Picasso drawings. As the National Gallery of Art, I do wish there were more dedication to AMERICAN art... Oh, well...

Thank JoshIndy
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

If you want to make the most of your day, take advantage of the East and West gallery brochure about 'If You Have an Hour.' Target these pieces and wander a bit, and you'll really enjoy yourself without succumbing to the glazed art stare by the end.

Thank eliana23
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

It has a wide variety of paintings from the Renaissance times to 1920s. The courtyard atrium is a beautiful place with a beautiful fountain and orange roses and other flowers. If you are hungry, there is a little dining cafe downstairs which has both an a la carte menu and a buffet menu. Must visit!

Thank Loftcheveon
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