National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden

National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden

National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Make a day of it as you picnic in the lush garden. Enjoy food and drinks from the Pavillion Café. Rediscover your favorite sculptures and relax as you catch some shade. Plan your visit today!
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4.5
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JoeNathan9249
Saint Paul, MN6,103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Lots of lovely, unusual and varied sculptures - very fun to walk through this place. We were here in November, 2023. It's quite close to the mall, free to walk through and has plenty of benches.
Strongly recommended.
Written 20 November 2023
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,354 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Sure, it's kinda cool to be able to see a large number of large sculptures outdoors, but to be honest, this area is rather anticlimactic after coming out of the National Gallery of Art. The biggest benefit is being able to sit and take a load off those tired Dawgs (weather permitting).
Written 17 November 2023
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F4981JCmichaels
Vancouver, WA2,105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
As sculpture gardens go, it's satisfactory. Frankly, I've seen better sculpture in small towns across the U.S. and Canada. There is a tree made of metal that stands out.
But the best feature of this garden, in my opinion, is the huge fountain with seating all around it, a lot of it shaded. After walking for blocks seeing things in D.C., this place is a nice serene place to relax.
Written 4 November 2023
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Nice enough garden near The National Mall. Has some impressive sculptures of all different types and shapes. Well worth a visit. There are benches to sit and enjoy the view. The silver tree is particularly impressive
Written 10 September 2023
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK1,374 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We finished our day here and having recently been on a tour of Europe specifically Paris found this Sculpture Garden a little disappointing.
To me it feels like they had a piece of outdoor space attached to the Museum of Art and weren’t sure what to do with it so they threw in a few pieces of modern art, a cafe and a beautiful fountain.
The descriptions of the pieces aren’t very in depth. A lot seem to have been donated and in some cases many years ago rather than the Museum seeking out recognisable pieces of modern art in order to present an up to date attractive presentation.

I did take a few photos of the pieces I liked but overall disappointing
Written 5 September 2023
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AdventureMN95
Minneapolis, MN127 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
It’s a nice small modern sculpture garden with a very nice picturesque fountain in the center of it. Some of the sculptures you walk past them and you’re trying to figure out what they are but modern sculptures are not necessarily in my cup of tea so it was more just nice walking around and being outside
Written 20 June 2023
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E.L.E
Brno, Czech Republic12,147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Beautiful sculpture garden with a fountain, part of the National Gallery of Art. Worth taking pictures and walk around
Written 30 May 2023
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Nice open air area
* Spacious and pleasant
* Relaxing and inviting
* Interesting unusual structures and creative art
* Call and cool breezes (sometimes)
* Cafe walk up counter indoor place
* Outdoor tables for sitting and eating
* Large fountain display of water
* Next to National Museum of Natural History
* Associated with (and a walkway away from) the National Gallery of Art
* Panoramic vista opposite the National Archives (please see my attached here artistic and creative “helpful” photos of this

CONS
* Relatively unknown exhibit area
* Somewhat rather hokey pieces of outdoor architecture

“ I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… when I was walking between my beloved National Gallery of Art and my intended destination of the National Museum of Natural History.

I found this a pleasant respite from the two big museums and from the walk between them.

The outdoor sculptures were interesting and somewhat hokey, but provided for me a good backdrop for my scenic, artistic, creative photos. (see my “helpful “photos)

I also walked into the café and watched people in line buying stuff.

ADVICES
I would not necessarily go out of my way to “visit this place,” but if you are walking between the National Gallery of Art and the National Museum of Natural History, then this is a good place to stop.
Written 24 May 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
America s a country of marvelous diversity, from the antebellum South to Pop Art. The collection range from Byzantium to Contemporary art, which has gained a strong following in recent years. The Gallery also has international exhibitions, which are often Quixotic. It's interesting to follow the progression of American art, from the colonial era to today. Some of the paintings have become national icons that are instantly recognizable. The Gallery is always open, and always free.
Written 18 May 2023
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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles, CA4,336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This is one popular park and what basically is bringing in the crowds are all the cool creative art instillations. The park is not big but it has so many sculptures and my favorite was the stainless steel tree which was huge and beautifully created. Another popular sculpture was the Thinking Rabbit which reminded me of Frank from Donnie Darko.
Written 11 May 2023
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