Wednesday, July 12, 2017

National Gallery of Art & Sculpture Garden

The NCMA is a frequent stop of mine in Raleigh, so I was of course excited to move to a bigger city full of museums with fantastic collections. On one particularly muggy day I visited the National Gallery of Art and its accompanying sculpture garden, walking first through the gated outdoor garden before escaping into the refreshing air conditioning of the gallery.

The sculpture garden is primarily full of modern pieces that I found more amusing than anything else, including a large matte black square named "Slate" and an old Paris metro entrance. The building housing the gallery is massive, and the collections inside were confusingly designed so navigation is tricky, but as I wasn't in a hurry I didn't mind getting turned around a few times. The first floor is primarily filled with sculptures and the second floor features numerous halls celebrating all different styles and periods of art. My favorite was, to no one's surprise, the Impressionists gallery, where numerous works by van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and others hung, but the American art collection is impressive as well.

Though I attempted to see the whole thing in one go, there's plenty that I missed and I could easily return again and again. There's a little bit of something for everyone at the National Gallery and I would highly encourage a visit if you're ever in the area.

The National Gallery of Art is free to visit and open 10am-5pm Monday - Saturday and 11am-6pm Sunday.

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