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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.
Washington, DC, USA
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“National Gallery of Art”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

There is so much to see and enjoy in The West Wing, because the Eaast Wing is now going through a major renovation. You will be thrilled by the Impressionist Collection, and many other aspects of the Gallery.

Visited April 2013
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Albany, New York
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“One of The Wonders of the World”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

the National Gallery of Art is a National Treasure. I strongly recommend the audio tour which is free.

Visited July 2013
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“A must-see”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This museum was near the top of my things to see list, and it didn't disappoint. In actuality it's two buildings (East and West) connected by and underground tunnel but the majority of the exhibits are in the West building.

I spent hours there and loved every minute of it...I don't think I skipped a single room. They have works by everyone from DaVinci - the only one in North America - to Ingres to Picasso. It can get a bit crowded in places but the museum is so big that you'll never lack for things to look at.

Visited July 2013
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“A Beautiful Gallery”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

This gallery is worth a visit. Like all Smithsonian Museums, admission is free. You must go through security, although the guards were very friendly here. There was a very nice docent at the Information desk who gave us maps and directions. She also told us what free tours were available. We originally intended to spend an hour or two here, but we ended up spending almost four in the West Gallery alone. More modern pieces of art are in the East Gallery. The West Gallery holds the older pieces of work, including the only Da Vinci painting that is in a gallery outside of Europe. It is worth a visit here just to see this portrait of Ginevra de' Benci. It is more colorful than the Mona Lisa and you can get right up close to it. Like Mona Lisa, it is enclosed in glass but you can walk right up to it. The beautiful juniper branch that Da Vinci painted on the back of the portrait is also on view - you walk around the painting and can see the back of it. Other highlights were Rembrandt's self portrait, Monet's Japanese Bridge, David's Emperor Napoleon, Van Gogh's self portrait, works by Constable and Turner, Raphael - it was like art history class come to life. We had lunch in the cafeteria downstairs (like many eateries in Washington, it was not inexpensive) where you can walk through a sparkly lit tunnel to the East Gallery. Unfortunately, it was time for us to leave. I will have to go back to Washington to visit the West Gallery again and see the East Gallery for the first time.

Visited July 2013
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“A National Treasure”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

My son loved the sculptures and folk art. I love the Hall of Presidents the most! The special exhibit on the Struggle for Freedom was exceptional as well.

Visited July 2013
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