National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
5
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
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This national art museum holds over 141,000 works of western art, spanning from the middle ages through today. Bonus: It's completely free to visit.
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Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
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  • Archives • 5 min walk
  • L'Enfant Plaza • 8 min walk
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Singh
1 contribution
Jan 2023
For the art collection, superb 5 stars.
For organization and arrangement, 4.5 stars

For the behavior of security. I will give a negative 5 or lower.

I visited the art gallery on 15th Jan 2023 with 7 people (4 adults, and 3 children). Kids enjoyed the art and were overwhelmed by the variety. They were also interested in reading dates and were impressed with art from the 14th and 15th centuries.

As soon as we rich the Italian section, the Jacket of 10 yr old while walking accidentally touched the pillar on which Ginevra de' Benci is displayed. It is a solid pillar and with his height, there is no way he could have even touched the painting. There were several people in the room watching the painting and several people accidentally touched the pillar. The painting itself is protected by glass.

The security guard (male) at 225 pm standing in the room started shouting at the kid. I asked him to tone down his voice and let us know what happened. He basically said he has a badge and he can do whatever he wants. I was furious over this show of badges for a 10 yr old kid who accidentally passed near the pillar. I told him to calm down and behave properly with tourists. There are international tourists around and it is rude to be shouting at people. He said his grandfather served for the US and no one can tell him how to behave! I hope this person can be removed from dealing with the public and retrained in public relations. If he is so badge happy, let him be on the road to check criminals and serve the country.

Extremely disappointed by the security staff member. I believe the general impression for all the museums is that security staff just keep shouting. Try from security check-in to closing time, it is just a shouting game for these fellows. Please train them to be polite, it will enhance the experience of visitors.
Written 17 January 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York2,334 contributions
Dec 2022
This huge museum has something for everyone. I saw the "Vermeer's Secrets" exhibit, which featured both original works and forgeries. The analysis in the exhibition was fascinating. I also enjoyed the "Vittore Carpaccio: Master Storyteller of Renaissance Venice" exhibit. You can easily spend several hours here, admiring the various works on exhibit.
Written 8 January 2023
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tosl
Jersey City, NJ646 contributions
Dec 2022
I have been fortunate to have visited many countries over the years and the National Gallery ranks at the top of art museums. It was not very crowded at the peak of the tourist season at Christmas. Easy to navigate and the staff was helpful. We spent the entire day and never even had the chance to check out the East Wing. Great Impressionism and American Art collections. The only negative is only a couple of entrances so it may be a walk, albeit a pleasant one, to the entrance. Free admission.
Written 1 January 2023
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nycmom22
New York City, NY2,919 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
This is a beautiful three part museum. There is a sculpture garden surrounding an ice rink. Food truck offerings on Constitution Ave are mediocre. This is a missed opportunity to showcase a curated set. Museum has cafes indoors.
Written 27 December 2022
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Babyalmie
Dorset, UK755 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Amazing collection of well known artists; well laid out and the building itself is worth a visit on its own! Lots of space to sit and enjoy the incredible artwork. The collection spans medieval through to modern art. It really is a quite stunning collection. The gelato was a big hit with my teens too!
Written 20 December 2022
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Mike G
Providence, RI4,880 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
This is a great, very accommodating museum.

There are currently several special exhibits- Sargent In Spain is a wonderful, a must see event (we also went to a lecture in the East Wing which was extremely informative- do it if one is scheduled). The other was the Secrets of Vermeer and it was also very interesting and worthwhile.

There were other things we wanted to see but ran out of time.
Written 15 December 2022
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Melissa G
Destin, FL21 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
This museum is phenomenal! It was so nice to be able to get up close and personal with the art. It was fascinating to see the different brush strokes of the artists. This was one of my favorite places in DC!
Written 13 December 2022
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Alejandro B
Ottawa, Canada971 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
This is a wonderful gallery in all respects. Not only is the building itself beautiful, but the diverse collection of paintings and sculptures are a true joy to explore (see attached photos). As someone who is used to having to pay to enter museums back home, I was truly amazed that I could visit this gallery for free. I was so impressed I plan to come back again during my stay in Washington.
Written 5 December 2022
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886tinal
Seattle, WA241 contributions
Oct 2022
I feel so fortunate to have visited this art museum. I actually went twice - once for the west building and its traditional master piece artworks (including some great Impressionist works) and once to view the east building and its more contemporary works. The buildings are well-planned, the flow is very good to navigate. And. both times I had room, even in front of famous works, to savor and ponder. All this for free - I highly recommend a visit.
Written 10 November 2022
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Ron Hilton
Virginia Beach, VA242 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
As we toured through all of the museums and Exhibits there was a tour guide she was leading children and was so loud it ruin the trip many people were complaining but at the art museum they had a lot of security however directions were terrible at all of the parks about how to navigate your way around but once we finally got to the pictures they were beautiful and amazing
Written 14 October 2022
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