National Gallery of Art

Posted on Jun 06, 2017
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The National Gallery of Art, and its attached Sculpture Garden, is a national art museum in Washington, D.C., located on the National Mall, between 3rd and 9th Streets, at Constitution Avenue NW. Open to the public and free of charge, the museum was privately established in 1937 for the American people by a joint resolution of the United States Congress. Andrew W. Mellon donated a substantial art collection and funds for construction. The core collection includes major works of art donated by Paul Mellon, Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Lessing J. Rosenwald, Samuel Henry Kress, Rush Harrison Kress, Peter Arrell Brown Widener, Joseph E. Widener, and Chester Dale. The Gallery’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals, and decorative arts traces the development of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the present, including the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas and the largest mobile created by Alexander Calder.


The Gallery’s campus includes the original neoclassical West Building designed by John Russell Pope, which is linked underground to the modern East Building, designed by I. M. Pei, and the 6.1-acre (25,000 m2) Sculpture Garden. The Gallery often presents temporary special exhibitions spanning the world and the history of art. It is one of the largest museums in North America.


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The National Gallery of Art is supported through a private-public partnership. The United States federal government provides funds, through annual appropriations, to support the museum’s operations and maintenance. All artwork, as well as special programs, are provided through private donations and funds. The museum is not part of the Smithsonian Institution.

Noted directors of the National Gallery have included David E. Finley, Jr. (1938-1956), John Walker (1956–1968), and J. Carter Brown (1968–1993). Earl A. “Rusty” Powell III (since 1993) is the current director.

Entry to both buildings of the National Gallery of Art is free of charge. From Monday through Saturday, the museum is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; it is open from 11 – 6 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed on December 25 and January 1.[6]

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The Collection



Browse these notable works, personally selected by Gallery curators, to find new insights about the artists and surprising details behind their most significant creations. View all


Explore a list of artists whose works make up the National Gallery of Art collection. Filter results by nationality, lifespan, last name, and biographies. View All


The Gallery is constantly building its collections through gift and purchase. A number of important works recently acquired are featured here. View All


Search nearly 4,000 European and American paintings in our collection, dating from the Renaissance period to the present day. View All

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    1. 5
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    3. 5
      Subscriber Aug 17, 2017

      Great experience

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    4. 4
      Diane Lucas Badge Editor Jul 26, 2017

      Fantastic Collection, worthy of your time

      Stocked with treasures, plan to spend a lot time if you want to see it all. I highly suggest booking a tour (there are a few businesses that do this, search the web) to make the best use of your time.

    5. 5
      Diane Lucas Badge Editor Jul 26, 2017

      National Gallery of Art...Yes Please

      The Smithsonian's are free! We took an hour tour on Italian Art. Very informative and interesting. The museum was very easy to navigate through. Was really cool to see the only da Vinci in the Americas. A must on a visit to D.C.

    6. 5
      Peter Larson Badge Administrator Jul 19, 2017


      Beautiful building and outstanding fine art. And after wandering the many galleries rest in the indoor garden for a few peaceful moments. Don't miss the outdoor sculpture garden!

    7. 5
      Subscriber Jul 17, 2017

      Highly recommended, great view, relaxing, excellent service

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