National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink
The 2015-2016 ice-skating season begins November 14 and continues through March 13, weather permitting. Experience ice-skating in the Sculpture Garden while surrounded by large-scale sculptures by contemporary artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Tony Smith, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, and others.
Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
One of the great museums in the world! The Raphael room alone would ensure that, but there are masterpieces in every section of the museum. Also check out the gallery talks by the excellent education and research staffs, as well as lectures by visiting scholars. Even the building is wonderful, from the Pantheon-like entrance with the Giovanni da Bologna Mercury fountain to the cafeteria and the museum store. I visit as often as I can.
A clean, well-lit and accessible (no admission fee!) world-class museum reposited with thousands of priceless arts treasures arranged chronologically (medieval Europe, Italian Renaissance, Dutch Baroque, French Impressionism, British and American Romanticism and Realism, etc. in the West building and post-Impressionist, Cubism, Expressionism, abstract in the East building) with plenty of amenities including a bookstore, a chic garden cafe on the ground level and huge cafeteria in the concourse level below. It's one of my favorite attractions around DC!
Went there on a summer weekday with my wife for our anniversary. It was surprisingly uncrowded, yet the gallery still offers priceless collections from well-known artists, such as Monet, Rembrandt, and many others. I love how it's organized by time period and region making it very easy to prioritize exhibits you most want to see. We fit in a lot in the 2 hours we spent and felt very satisfied!
A spectacular, comprehensive collection. The breadth of European and American paintings is marvelous. Name someone, they're in there. I loved the sculpture exhibits as well. And free? God bless the Smithsonian.
Take your time and spend the day. So much to see. There are several times you can see performances, so check the schedule. This is more frequent during the holidays. Use the map to get to the sections you are most interested in. Because it is difficult to see everything. And there is an excellent handout for the children. Take advantage of it.