Top Museums and Art Galleries to Visit in DC

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Washington, as much as it is a metropolitan city, is also a major destination for history and art lovers to walk around admiring. If you are into art and history, below are some places that must be among your list of places to go on your DC tours.

National Gallery of Art

The famous National Gallery of Art houses one of the excellent collections of artworks from the 13th to 20th Century. The newly opened building includes more of the modern as well as contemporary art displayed on four stories. The 19th Century French Galleries feature some of the most revered artworks in the world including those of Renoir, Czanne and Monet. Another attraction is the painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, “Ginevra de’ Benci”.

American Art Museum

Situated in Penn Creek, this historic Greek building houses both American Art Museum as well as the National Portrait Gallery. Established in 1968, the museum compiled works across three centuries of American history. The collections of Civil War and antebellum are located on the first floor, while the collections of American impressionism is housed on the second floor. The American contemporary art comprises the works of Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer, and many more.

National Portrait Gallery

This place is a grand collection of works on the most influential American personalities and the art of portraiture. The work “The American Origins”, covering the time period of 1600 to 1900, entails a journey through the American history through portraits. Spread across 17 galleries, the place has a complete collection of portraits of all 43 US Presidents. The third floor features celebrities such as Marylyn Monroe and Mohammed Ali.

Phillips Collection

This is a modern art gallery with a diverse group of works that are displayed to change the perspective of the viewer in very short period of time. Some of the most prominent artists featured here include Whistler, Braque, Matisse, Klee, and Monet. The standout piece of work is “Luncheon of the Boating party” by Renoir. This is definitely a gem of a place among the American history museum tours.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Located in Spaceage Gordon Bunshaft, this place claims to be one of the finest collections of contemporary as well as modern art. The museum’s gallery houses works by Jean Dubuffet, Man Ray, WIlliam De Kooning, and Francis Bacon, whereas the inside of the place is embellished with a gorgeous reflection pool along with the sculptural masterpiece of “The Burghers of Calais” by Rodin.

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