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National Gallery of Art - West Building

National Gallery of Art - West Building

Art Museum
Northwest Washington, Washington
  • Jules C.
    "The Chester Dale collection is worth the trip."(4 Tips)
    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    "works by Rembrandt and Picasso.-- Green Guide Editor"(3 Tips)
    Sofia U.
    "You cant miss the west wing!"(3 Tips)
    "Enjoy a pulled pork sandwich by the waterfall, followed by gelato"(6 Tips)
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  • Enzo M.
    Enzo MartinelliFebruary 4
    My favourite museum in DC
  • Daniya T.
    Daniya TamendarovaSeptember 6, 2015
    Excellent Renaissance, Dutch, & post-Impressionist collections. Free. Restaurant usually has a menu by a well known DC chef, inspired by a current exhibition. Free concerts at 6.30 each Sunday.
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightAugust 9, 2015
    Very cool art museum with lots of rotating and permanent exhibits. Good but overpriced food in the café.
  • John H.
    John HankusJuly 16, 2015
    Overlooked Smithsonian. Lots of rooms with great art to get lost in. Don't try to look at everything in one day, you will burn yourself out.
  • Tony S.
    Tony StarkJuly 15, 2015
    Try visiting the Gallery on a weekday and enjoy a nice and calmed environment.
  • Jacob F.
    Jacob FordJuly 12, 2015
    Ponder it all in the comfiest gallery benches in museum history. Because they’re couches.
  • Jacob F.
    Jacob FordJuly 12, 2015
    If you enjoy light, water, or happiness, definitely walk through the underground passage to the East Building.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BJune 26, 2015
    Fantastic museum. Free to the public. Lots of oils, water colors and sculptures from lots of the Masters.Great collection in beautiful setting. Can be a maze so definitely take a map or the audio tour
  • Mike D.
    Mike DavisJune 23, 2015
    We saw the three magii by Reubens. First time together in over 100 years.
  • John O.
    John OlsenMay 20, 2015
    Fabulous collection of art free for all to enjoy
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzFebruary 20, 2015
    You cant miss the west wing! Extensive collection by the best European and American painters and sculptors. Hugs impressionists collection
  • Virginia U.
    Virginia UrdanetaFebruary 4, 2015
    Amazing! Take your time and enjoy it. A must while in DC!
  • Zara K.
    Zara KhanAugust 21, 2014
    Just mind blowing!
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    It's art but a great place to cool off during a humid summer day
  • Bridget G.
    Bridget GriffinJune 25, 2014
    A must! Spend some time there.
  • Bill C.
    Bill C.May 26, 2014
    Request the one hour self guide tour sheet. Pair it with the free audio tour phone to get a great overview of the museum.
  • Brock W.
    Brock WestphalApril 15, 2014
    Join a guided tour! Worth if for some new information!
  • Tom S.
    Tom SakellAugust 21, 2013
    Especially love west wing, where 2 sisters' eyes follow you across the room.
  • mrs B.
    mrs BoykinsJune 18, 2013
    In awe. This is absolutely amazing. Loved it.
  • ❀mihoko❀
    ❀mihoko❀December 14, 2012
    Amazing Gallery with its special program. Check their concert series. Free. Open to public :) Enjoy the season!
  • B M.
    B MillerOctober 8, 2012
    They just don't build public buildings like this anymore. The center rotunda is one of the most impressive places in DC.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Find more than 116,000 painting, drawings, photographs, sculture and decorative art pieces at National Gallery of Art. Check for current exhibitions. -- Green Guide Editor
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    Prior to erection of West Bldg in 1941, this was site of Sixth Street station of B&P Railroad. On 7/2/1881, 20th US President James Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau here. Full history here<LINK> Read more
  • Kat B.
    Kat BersenevaJune 11, 2012
    Participate in concerts they have on Sundays, 6.30pm, come in advance to take a place. Around you are greens and flowers. Awesome
  • Jeff D.
    Jeff DowdyJune 5, 2012
    If you don't have much time, ask for the highlights flyer. You can see these in an hour. Great stuff.
  • Helena N.
    Helena NacinovicMay 17, 2012
    Check out the Photography exhibitions on the basement, real nice material. Also, there`s the very crowded and surrounded Da Vinci.
  • Tyler U.
    Tyler UnderwoodApril 15, 2012
    A guard gave this to me. It makes this huge place easier.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren ShankmanApril 6, 2012
    Pricey but yummy
  • Liz B.
    Liz B.April 5, 2012
    Lots of ugly renaissance babies up in here.
  • jana
    janaMarch 21, 2012
    Make the transition from the classical to the modern building (East Wing) underground - you'll actually experience the amazing light work (Multiverse) of Leo Villareal
  • jana
    janaMarch 21, 2012
    Check out the free concerts and lectures - some of them worth making weekly trips to the gallery. And , of course, the museum store. ...
  • Alexi F.
    Alexi FitchMarch 13, 2012
    A decent price for decent food. A hard thing to come by on the national mall.
  • John H.
    John HumanMarch 6, 2012
    This place is crawling with security
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ChovanecFebruary 19, 2012
    Don't miss the Degas Dancers or the only DaVinci in the US & the only 2 sided DaVinci. (see image)
  • Adam G.
    Adam GerardFebruary 18, 2012
    Double espresso was pretty well made. Recommended even at $4.
  • Nikos B.
    Nikos BournasFebruary 12, 2012
    Stupid museum policy alert. Don't carry your child on your back or you will be told not to. The front is ok BTW!!!
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle StewartFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Only DaVinci in North America.
  • Vicki K.
    Vicki KlegerJanuary 14, 2012
    Very expensive.
  • raymondweil
    raymondweilDecember 13, 2011
    Feeling uninspired? See how books and literature are transformed into a total art concept at the 'Text as Inspiration' exhibition. Precision is my inspiration.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MurrayDecember 11, 2011
    Check out Da Vinci!
  • Abel M.
    Abel MohlerDecember 4, 2011
    Don't miss the Rembrant section.
  • Domini L.
    Domini LeNoirDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The moving walkway "Multiverse" by Villereal is a highlight at the NGA, connecting the East Building to the Cascade Cafe and West Building. It goes under 4th St. NW
  • raymondweil
    raymondweilNovember 30, 2011
    Catch the film series, Le Cinéma Fantastique that captures the essence of the surrealists of the 1920s precisely. You would definitely be in for a treat. What is your inspiration?
  • Fernanda S.
    Fernanda SeccoOctober 19, 2011
    Totally worth a visit! Original work from Da Vinci, Picaso, Van Gogh, Roy Linchteinstein, Andy Warhol and more...
  • Manoli S.
    Manoli StreckerOctober 16, 2011
    *western hemisphere
  • Jared S.
    Jared SakOctober 5, 2011
    Features the only painting by da Vinci in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Michael O.
    Michael OrsbornSeptember 17, 2011
    Try the queso
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeAugust 19, 2011
    Saturday: Film Series: UCLA's Annual Festival of Preservation: On the Vitaphone, 1928-1930; Rendezvous with Annie preceded by A Selection of ‘Soundies’
  • Cindy S.
    more traditional art
  • DC Preservation League
    DC Preservation LeagueAugust 11, 2011
    Built in 1941 using the designs o architects John Russell Pope and Eggers & Higgins.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    The National Gallery is home of a world-class collection of masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present, and includes works by Rembrandt and Picasso.-- Green Guide Editor
  • Misha K.
    Misha K.July 23, 2011
    Rum raisin sorbet + Cappucino
  • Katie G.
    Katie G.July 17, 2011
    The Stories in Art program is free and awesome!
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 23, 2011
    Did you know? The only Da Vinci in the Western Hemisphere, Ginevra de' Benci is also one of the artist’s early experiments with oil paint. Wrinkles indicate that he was still learning the new medium. Read more
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BennettMay 10, 2011
    The Chester Dale exhibit is amazing.
  • looshka v.
    looshka viApril 22, 2011
    Impressionists're closed till winter 2012, i guess:(( you can find part of them in the first floor of west building, and little part of them in east.
  • David J.
    David JollyApril 17, 2011
    Pizza is sub par. Coming from the Philly area I know my pizza. Go with the per ounce salad bar for best value.
  • Sara K.
    Sara KosykApril 8, 2011
    Raphael's St. George slaying the dragon is a small painting not to be missed! You can imagine the artist enjoying himself as he painted this individually sized work.
  • Jenniffer M.
    Jenniffer MastersonMarch 15, 2011
    the Chester Dale collection is well worth spending some time in.
    Examiner.comFebruary 22, 2011
    Exhibitions in the past have been comparable to visiting Venice or Rome itself, or at least a grand substitute. Spend a day dedicated to culuture and learning at the National Gallery of Art. Read more
  • Alicyn
    AlicynJanuary 29, 2011
    Excellent food on concourse level food court
  • Trishia P.
    Trishia PascobilloOctober 29, 2010
    As an art lover be sure to allow for a nice walk through. Gelato between the East and West Galleries is the best!
  • Jack A.
    Jack ArmstrongOctober 18, 2010
    too expensive for what you get. Food is definitely not the best.
  • kazahel
    kazahelAugust 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Good gelato, but the line can get ridiculously long.
  • Joanna C.
    Joanna ChampagneJuly 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    World class art right here in DC. Read more
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    Don't miss climbing up the East Building Tower Gallery for a view of The Mall and art by Picasso, Matisse and Rothko. Powered by
  • Roland V.
    Roland VarrialeJuly 4, 2010
    If you bring a bag make sure it only hangs on one shoulder. Or else you have to check it in
  • Jules C.
    Jules CarneyJune 26, 2010
    The Chester Dale collection is worth the trip.
  • Valentina F.
    Valentina FernandezJune 24, 2010
    Its like heaven. Don't miss the hidden Jackson Pollack room near the mini theaters in the main entrance
  • Jimmy T.
    Jimmy T.June 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg. Excellent exhibit. A must see. Pop in during Sunday's Pride Festival to cool off a bit. It's worth well worth it. Read more
  • Tasha M.
    Tasha MajorMay 23, 2010
    The Cascade Cafe gives a 10% discount for Federal employees. That helps offset the high prices that all the gallery/museum cafes seem to be charging these days. The selection here is great as well.
  • Jol N.
    Jol NgMay 15, 2010
    Try the daily free tours: for those who don't know much about art, the tours provide a starting point on appreciating the art. For the pros, the discussions are definitely engaging.
  • Reginald S.
    Reginald StevensonApril 21, 2010
    be prepared to spend almost $40 if you choose to eat here. Expensive is not the word for it, outrageous
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SladeApril 19, 2010
    The Chester Dale Collection is showing through July 31. Dying to see it.
  • Laura
    LauraApril 15, 2010
    Go take a picture by the fountain with the angels
  • Jessica m.
    Jessica markApril 15, 2010
    The dale collection exhibit is great. Try to go on a weekday so the crowds are less crazy. Also if you live in dc it's easy to forget to appreciate FREE museums. Don't! When you leave & find $20+ admi
  • Dan L.
    Dan LipcanApril 15, 2010
    Van Dyck room
  • Zu A.
    Zu AlFaqihApril 14, 2010
    Salvador Dali's "Last Supper" with a blonde semi-transparent Jesus-- a rare work, even for the NGA. Read more
  • Rebecca
    RebeccaApril 12, 2010
    Sunday afternoons / evenings, they offer free performances in the rotunda. Gorgeous music, beautiful surroundings, no admission price - what more can you ask?
  • Daimon
    DaimonMarch 14, 2010
    Find the East Tower room and sit in front of Rothko's black paintings.
  • Steven J.
    Steven JohnsonMarch 14, 2010
    See the special exhibition, Chester Dale Collection: From Impressionism to Modernism
  • Silvia
    SilviaMarch 7, 2010
    Head to Matisse room in East gallery. Sit & be merry.
  • Silvia
    SilviaMarch 7, 2010
    Enjoy a pulled pork sandwich by the waterfall, followed by gelato
  • angela n.
    angela nFebruary 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Vermeer's "Woman Holding a Balance": The composition is exquisite. West Main Floor Gallery 50A Read more
  • Amy K.
    Amy KennedyFebruary 15, 2010
    Go to the National Gallery of Art and try one of the Watson Adventures scavenger hunts. Go in with a team of 4-6 people and a creative team name.
  • Erik M.
    Erik MoeJanuary 30, 2010
    Pick up a film calendar. Excellent free screenings year round.
  • Erik M.
    Erik MoeJanuary 30, 2010
    The espresso drinks in the cafe are to be avoided. Drip coffee is a tolerable option, but the gelato is probably your best bet.
  • Monica
    MonicaJanuary 26, 2010
    Want to see the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in all of the Americas? Head over to the west building to check out Ginevra de' Benci. Read more
  • Tom M.
    Tom MatzzieJanuary 18, 2010
    They have some interesting Picassos. I like the East Gallery better.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WaynerJanuary 5, 2010
    Enjoy gelato by the underground part of the fountain.
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LittlejohnDecember 12, 2009
    The columned rotunda. Enjoy the fountain and the foliage, which changes seasonally. Stressed? Take your thoughts there and empty your head, or take your notebook there and write.
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HarberNovember 26, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Ride the moving walkway through the Milennium exhibit on the basement level between the East and West Wings. Read more
  • Jason N.
    Jason NovakNovember 17, 2009
    Reward your culture-seeking by visiting the cafeteria in the underground concourse that connects the East and West buildings and ordering pumpkin gelato.
  • Javila
    JavilaApril 6, 2015
    Buena cafetería, con poca gente. Pero cierra a las 3pm.
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel ReisJanuary 12, 2012
    che dire? è la National Gallery of Art! ;-)
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