Across the street from the National Gallery of Art, and the National Archives open gates with glimpses of large interesting sculptures invite you in to see. Follow the path to a very large fountain with seat height bench walls and a calming fountain. Just like the rest of the crowd, I took off my shoes and dipped my toes in the cool fountain waters....the rest of the week, I ended every museum day here. It's summer, a few nights the most popular museums had extended hours, but, this garden closed promptly at 5 and at 4:30 the staff starts letting you know, "it's time to go, the grounds will be locked." Definitely a wonderful stop for tired feet before the long walk to the hotel. And I'd forgotten how intriguing some of the art could be. It's all perspective and I loved it!