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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  • Archives • 4 min walk
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  • MrMrsHappyR
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1,441 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant
    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
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • F4981JCmichaels
    Vancouver, Washington2,650 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good place to sit down and relax and give your feet a rest.
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York3,155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sculpture garden
    The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is a beautiful garden behind the National Archives. It comprises of a beautiful fountain, tons of greenery, and of course, many sculptures. I highly recommend coming here to relax in the shade and enjoy nature.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 June 2024
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Martin H
Hong Kong, China927 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
On a beautiful sunny day this would be a really nice place to come and sit for a while with the central water feature. However, there are only a handful of sculptures so it's not worth coming here for just that. They have a restaurant in the garden which appeared to be well patronised.

You'd be much better served going next door to the National Gallery which is excellent and has some great works on display.
Written 15 June 2022
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lalocadr19
Falls Church, VA6,743 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
The garden is beautiful when I went during the fall. You can enjoyed and beautiful afternoon just sitting and enjoying the moment. The park has not fee to enter and is conveniently located close to national art museum and other DC museum.

The garden has plenty of area to sit specially around the water fountain, the garden has different sculpture, one of favorite is AMOR. Good place to enjoy a warm afternoon.
Written 18 February 2022
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paul e
Arlington, VA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
the Fabulous National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is worth a visit in any season, i've been there in the summer with the fountain in full display and all the flowering plants and trees in full bloom. I've been there in the winter to go skating and watch all the other skaters, it's always worth a visit, Plus there's the garden cafe to grab some lunch, in spring and summer there's jazz musica on Friday nights. this garden is nice anytime, plus the art work is excellent.
Written 13 April 2020
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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles, CA4,437 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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Shari C
San Francisco, CA59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We took a tour with Ellen Tehoke on October 7th of 2022. She was incredible. She had a great knowledge of the sculptures and made the walking tour fun, engaging and educational. I would highly recommend this tour.
Written 16 November 2022
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK2,766 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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Alejandro B
Ottawa, Canada914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Came across this lovely park while strolling down Constitution Avenue. Although I didn't like all of the sculptures in the park, as a whole, I thought the collection of artwork was impressive. The small skating rink in the middle of the park (I went in early December) also looked like a lot of fun.
Written 5 December 2022
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LANCE O
1,089 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Talk about an added attraction, and I don't think many people either both to visit this incredible outdoor gallery...or they don't even know it exists. An amazing display of Henry Moore and Rodin sculptures is what I focused on, and more works by other sculptors as well...I was blown away.
Highly recommend.
Written 4 February 2023
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SDCooks
Spearfish, SD882 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
My daughter and I enjoyed a stroll through the sculptures late in the day in December. Laughed when we thought about what future generations may think of the giant typewriter eraser...they won't know what it is! Interesting trees....Botanical and sculpted. Something to find every where you looked. Enjoyed the giant metal object having g seen similar in Seattle earlier in the year. A fun place to stroll through or have lunch on a bench.
Written 1 January 2023
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Deanne D
Wellington, New Zealand1,409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We came here to see the sculptures on the way to a Smithsonian museum. We were walking amongst Henry Moore and Rodin art works. Love the spotty pumpkin by the Japanese artist. Well worth a visit. Great art works.
Written 19 January 2020
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