National Gallery of Art: East Building

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by kwasiak on February 10, 2008

The East Building of the National Gallery of Art is located on Constitution Avenue NW and Pennsylvania NW between 3rd and 4th Streets NW. The hours are 10am to 5pm Mondays through Saturdays and 11am to 6pm on Sundays. It is closed on Christmas and New Year’s.

The galleries in the East Building is the home of the modern and contemporary artwork contained in the National Gallery of Art. The exhibit space is spread out on five floors with permanent and special exhibits. The exhibits include a variety of art from French paintings to mobiles to paper cutouts.

On the Concourse Level of the building there is a bookstore, children’s shop, and a café. The café is also an Espresso Bar and Gelato Bar making it the best place to stop for a snack or meal break at the National Gallery of Art. For a good view of the National Mall while you eat there is the Terrace Café on the Upper Level.

One of the main pieces of art to see here is the Alexander Calder mobile that hangs from the roof of the East Building. It is quite the sight to see with its colorfulness and length of almost 80 feet.

Another one of the more interesting things to see in the East Building are the Matisse paper cutouts, which are displayed on the Tower level. To protect them they are only on display part of the day. The exhibits hours are from 10am to 2pm Mondays through Saturdays and 11am to 3pm on Sundays, so be sure you get up here before the exhibit is closed for the day.
National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., 20565
(202) 737-4215

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