The National Gallery's 100,000 works are divided between two buildings—the refined, neoclassical West Building which houses classical French, Italian, German, Flemish, Dutch and American works from the 13th to 19th centuries, and the starkly modern, H-shaped I.M Pei-designed East Building, which holds 20th century masterpieces, including the deservedly popular Picasso, Vermeer, Rembrandt and Matisse collections. Come on weekday mornings—the museum is too crowded in the afternoons and on weekends to be comfortable. The free tours are a great way to put all of these masterworks into perspective—timing varies, so stop by the gallery info desk on the main floor at the Mall Entrance for tour schedules on your way in to the museum. Contrary to popular belief, this museum is not part of the Smithsonian institution.
- Open Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM, Sunday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Arts & Museums
- Nearest Train: Archives-Navy Memorial or Judiciary Square