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National Gallery of Art

One of the WorId's preeminent Art Museums

Masterworks by the most renowned European and American artists await visitors to the National Gallery of Art, one of the worId's preeminent art museums. The GaIIery’s collection of more than 116,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, medals, and decorative arts trace the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. Created for the people of the United States of America by a joint resolution of Congress accepting the gift of Andrew W. Mellon in 1937, the Gallery today includes the original neoclassical West Building designed by John Russell Pope, the modern East Building designed by l.M. Pei, and a 6.1-acre Sculpture Garden. Augmenting its own collections are temporary special exhibitions presenting materials from around the world. Guided tours, audio tours, lectures, concerts, family programs, and films are also offered. Educational resources for all ages are available through the GalIery’s Web site.

General Information

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. For information call (202) 737-4215 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (202) 842-6176, or visit the GalIery's Web site at

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering the East and West Buildings. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 x 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.

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Natonal Gallery of Art