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National Gallery of Art
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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.
Reviewed October 7, 2012

I am a DC resident, and I am inspired to write this review of the National Gallery of Art after my most recent visit, when a family member was visiting.

It would take days to fully explore the National Gallery. The great thing, however, is that the Gallery is free, so, unlike most art museums, you don't have to feel guilty if you don't see the entire collection. Take your time -- you can always come back!

The buildings are both absolutely beautiful -- a classic, stately museum in the West building and a modern, clean-lined masterpiece in the East Building. Navigation of the building is fairly straightforward, especially when you have a map.

Many of the National Gallery's collections are outstanding. My advice is to study the map carefully and (perhaps with the aid of someone at an information desk) pick a limited number of galleries to explore in-depth during your visit. That will prove more satisfactory than a whip-your-way through the museum tour. I also highly recommend going on one of the docent-led tours -- I have done that a couple of times and found them extremely rewarding. The docents have done a great job of making the art accessible. It really enhanced my visit.

Beyond the art, the National Gallery has some nice dining options, including a cafe with a Jose Andres menu. It's also worth taking time to explore the stores. They have beautiful merchandise. The jewelry collection is particularly excellent; around Christmas-time, I always visit to buy jewelry for some colorful-jewely-loving family members.

Don't forget to visit the sculpture garden, too.

Thank brmusicman
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Doesn't get some of the pres of other attractions. But the National Gallery of Art is an astonishing array of pictures, and sculptures, from classic to to modern. It's free, and a wonderful way to spend several hours. Marvelous pictures from Americans, and from other parts of the world (including great examples of French impressionists). Amazing museum shops and even better places to eat. Admission is FREE - you don't have spend a dime to tour.

These pics are from the underground tunnel from west (traditional) to East building (modern art). Dazzling!

Thank Seniordad
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

After touring round the galleries we found ourselves overloaded with teh sheer number of pieces. Some of teh ones by Da Vinci and Van Gogh that drew crowds did nothing for us, however there were some Rembrandts that were stunning and a painting of Daniel in the Lions Den by Reubens that was mesmerizing. The work by George Bellows was interesting for us running teh gamut from blah to stunning. George Catlin's pictures of AMerican Indians were fabulous and a real treat. My sole complaint - people are incredibly boorish and rude. Enjoyed it and would definitely go back.

Thank gaynor h
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Fantastic Impressionist collection, with a famous picture round every corner. Great restaurant and shop. I could have spent all day there.

Thank Hatty R
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

The museum staff are very nice. The museum store has nice things to buy, I wish however that they had more posters or cards with prints of the religious art work they had on exhibit.

Thank Lisa S
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