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“East wing closed”

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.
Waterford, Connecticut
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“East wing closed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

It was disappointing that the entire East Wing was closed. That was where we planned to spend our afternoon. The other side was lovely, but we prefer more modern art.
There is a lovely new Van Gogh on display.
I appreciated the spaciousness of the galleries and the comfortable seating available. It was nice to be able to sit and contemplate the art.

Visited January 2014
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“One of my favorite places!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

I come to Washington often, and the National Gallery never disappoints. The East Building is a work of art itself, and the Calder mobile can be viewed from the balcony as well as directly beneath the work. A wonderful collection of modern art, which I love, and plenty more over many centuries. They often have interesting special exhibitions as well.
Adding to the experience is one of the best museum cafeterias I've been in -- wide selection of foods, reasonably priced, with a view through glass of a waterfall. And the museum stores go on forever.
Plan on several hours and enjoy!

Visited December 2013
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“A disappointing visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

This did not live up to expectations I'm afraid. Not because of what was on display but because of the way it was organised. Some staff were frosty and it was difficult to navigate around two large buildings. If there were clear signs we missed them and we did not see anything immediately visible in any room showing the room number and what was on display. The map provided is too big and unwieldy so trying to find what you are interested in can be very frustrating.
Having said what we did not like, the restaurant and gift shop were excellent but they should not be the reason you visit an art gallery.

Visited December 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

Loved it! Great architecture, superb art. Could spend hours here. Must see in DC. Can't believe there no fee. Even my teenagers enjoyed it. Couches to sit and admire the art is much appreciated.

Visited January 2014
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“Go visit the Dying Gaul!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

We went on a rainy Sunday. The Dying Gaul is a emotional marble sculpture that has only left Italy twice. He sits in the Rotunda with the beautiful flowers near the fountain. You can walk all around him and even teen boys might find him interesting. He is the model for paintings and the brochure (off to the left) tells you about other art. I will definitely visit the Argos when next at the Prado in Madrid. I always enjoy this museum.

Visited January 2014
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