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"A superb museum of modern art on the Mall, with a sculpture garden that's a superb place to find a moment of quiet when the crowds visiting the other Smithsonian museums become overbearing." "This classic DC museum has a great collection of modern art, but my favorite is the sculpture garden which beautiful displays many masterpieces."
The National Gallery of Art–the nation’s museum–preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art. Admission is always free.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery’s buildings are closed temporarily, but the museum is always open online. What digital offerings would you like to see more of? Share your ideas at @AmericanArt on social media or contact us via email.
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    4K Walking Tour of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC
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    National Gallery of Art Walking Tour in 4K -- Washington, D.C.
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The National Gallery of Art is the largest and most visited art museum in DC and the top rated. While its not technically a Smithsonian, it is free and open to the public with no tickets required. The NGA is separated in two buildings, the East Wing, which is contemporary and modern art, and the West Wing, where you’ll find more traditional ...
May 24, 2020 - Looking to get inspired on your trip to Washington DC? Immerse yourself into world-class art, exciting history, and mind-bending science. Check out the best museums in Washington DC to visit in 2020. Book effortlessly online with Tripadvisor!
Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, this world-renowned museum and research complex consists of 17 museums, galleries and a zoo. Explore and learn about everything from the origins of man and the future of flight to the history of art across multiple continents with more than 150 million objects, works of art and specimens to discover.
Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, NW) The 1930s was a heady time for artists in America. Through President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, the federal government paid them to paint and sculpt and urged them to look to the nation’s land and people for subjects.
Seventh St. and Independence Ave., SW; 202-633-1000; Free. National Museum of African Art. Originally founded as a private institution, this collection of ancient African manuscripts, costumes, weapons, paintings, and sculptures was folded into the Smithsonian in 1979, and relocated to the Mall in 1987.
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