... at an age that starts with a 6, and after making probably 20 trips to DC in my lifetime, I visited this spectacular place. The word "awesome" is used way too much in the current vernacular to describe things that are not nearly deserving of the term, but this place is. Having visited the great art museums in Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, London, Tokyo, New York, Boston, and Chicago (and several other places, too), I would say that few are better than our own National Gallery, and ours is FREE to all visitors. (Yeah, I know - it's my tax dollars that support it, but I will happily pay taxes to support this great place! Can I withhold my tax support for the idiots from both parties who meet across the street?)
Highlights for me on this visit: The Impressionist galleries, the unrivaled Degas sculpture collection, the Picassos, and the very cool lighting in the tunnel between the two buildings. But I will need to visit about four more times to see everything I would like to see.
One non-highlight (and others here have commented on this, too): The cafeteria food, which costs an arm and a leg but isn't great (although there is a wide selection of not very good food).More