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National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.: 84 reviews and 236 photos

  EAST BUILDING, THE WESTERN FACADE (4TH STREET)
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  • EAST BUILDING, THE WESTERN FACADE (4TH STREET) - Washington D.C.
      EAST BUILDING, THE WESTERN FACADE (4TH STREET)
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  • EAST BUILDING, THE WESTERN FACADE AND ENTRANCE - Washington D.C.
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  • SOUTH PORCH OF THE WEST BUILDING - Washington D.C.
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The National Gallery of Art consists of the three parts located north of the Mall, along Constitution Ave, from the east:
- East Building (entrance on 4th Street)
- West Building
- Sculpture Garden
Each part has seperate entrances, all are free for visitors.

The modern East Building was completed in 1974. The full of triangle forms concrete-glass structure was designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, the American architecture born in China in 1917, most known from design of controversial Pyramids of the Louvre, in Paris, France in 1989 (haha, I liked them :-).
The East Buiding displays contemporary art, both painting, drawings, prints and sculptures.

The very long classical West Building built in 1937 - 1941 is hidden behind trees growing along the national Mall. The entrance is from the Mall through a broad staircase which leads to a colonnaded porch and the building's main entrance. I paid attention to unique design of entrance doors. The building was designed by known architect from New York City, John Russell Pope. If you look at northern facade of the West Vuilding from a distance (6th St.) you will see the round, domed roof very similar to the to other buildings designed by Pope: the Jefferson Memorial in DC and Union Station (a.k.a. Broad Street Station) in Richmond, Virginia.
The West Building is a priceless treasure for fans of old paintings and displays 13th - 18th European and American paintings and is most interesting for most folks, I guess.



Address: Constitution Ave. & 6th St., Washington, DC
Directions: Metro station: Archives. On southern part of the National Mall, opposite to National Air and Space Museum and west of U.S. Capitol Building. Map here
othercontact: curatorial-records@nga.gov
Phone: +1 (202) 737 4215
Website: http://www.nga.gov

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  • Updated Mar 11, 2006
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