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Guided Gallery Tour - American Art

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DC has got so many museums and let us exploit it. This time around, we will visit National Gallery of Art's American Collection. We will grab food and/or booze after the tour (Optional).

Ticket price increases to $ 15 on __________.

Street Parking is Free

Closest Metro Station is Archives/Navy Memorial

We meet at the Rotunda of West Building. The shortest cut to get there quick is to take the entrance on Madison Drive between 4th and 7th Streets, NW

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A Brief History of the Gallery

The National Gallery of Art was conceived and given to the people of the United States by Andrew W. Mellon (1855–1937). Mellon was a financier and art collector from Pittsburgh who came to Washington in 1921 to serve as secretary of the treasury. During his years of public service he came to believe that the United States should have a national art museum equal to those of other great nations.

In 1936 Mellon wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt offering to donate his superb art collection for a new museum and to use his own funds to construct a building for its use. With the president’s support, Congress accepted Mellon’s gift, which included a sizable endowment, and established the National Gallery of Art in March 1937. Construction began that year at a site on the National Mall along Constitution Avenue between Fourth and Seventh Street NW, near the foot of Capitol Hill.

About American Collection

By tracing the history of American art from the colonial period through the early 20th century, this tour highlights artists, patrons, styles, newly emerging themes, and the historical circumstances that helped shape the nation's artistic identity. The Gallery's extensive collection of American art includes well-known works by Stuart, Copley, Cole, Bingham, Homer, Eakins, Twachtman, and Bellows.

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National Gallery of Art - West Building
Madison Drive between 4th and 7th Streets, NW, DC 20565 , Washington, DC , Washington, DC · Washington, DC
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