2 Hours Discovering the National Gallery of Art

Experience the nation’s collection of fine art in the heart of its capital.

Stop One

Explore an oasis of modern art in the center of the city

Enter at Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW Instagram-worthy photo ops abound at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden with oversized art from modern artists like Claes Oldenburg, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, and Roy Lichtenstein. Take a seat at the fountain in the center of the Garden, or grab a snack at the Pavilion Café.

Stop Two

View the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas

Free admission; open Monday-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Leonardo da Vinci’s Ginevra de’Benci (c. 1474/1478) has graced the main floor of the National Gallery of Art since 1967; a visit to this portrait is a perfect place to begin your visit. Walking eastward through the main floor will take you past the finest collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings in the country, through the Pantheon-inspired Rotunda toward impressionist and post-impressionist works from Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, and Vincent van Gogh, and by the current temporary exhibition America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting.

Stop Three

Rediscover the newly renovated East Building

Third Street and Constitution Avenue NW A walk from the West Building toward the East Building will take you through two of the Gallery’s five restaurants, four shops, and the iconic Multiverse, a digital light project by Leo Villareal installed in the Concourse’s moving walkway. In the I.M. Pei-designed East Building, enjoy more than 500 works of modern art, including the world’s largest installation of works by Alexander Calder. Take the elevator (or new stairs!) to the Roof Terrace for its outdoor sculpture, including a giant electric blue rooster by Katharina Fritsch, and 180-degree view of Pennsylvania Avenue.

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