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Art in Washington DC

Washington D.C is a vibrant and fascinating town that has everything anyone could ever want; landmark sites, wonderful food, a great nightlife, but it also has a thriving arts scene.

What's unique about art in Washington D.C is that it's a reflection of the city itself; it is truly multicultural and diverse, and is sure to find a way to capture your imagination and inspire you.

Great art in D.C is not only found at the Smithsonian's spectacular collection of art museums, there are also many art galleries in Washington D.C that feature artists from all across the country and all over the world.

Whether you like contemporary or renaissance art, if you're into Asian sculptures or photography; you'll find great venues featuring exceptional art pieces. Here are the top ten art destinations if you're visiting Washington D.C.


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The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. If you're in the city, you can't leave without first visiting this imposing structure that is a vital piece of American art. This venue always offers a varied schedule of art galleries, expositions, ballets and operas of the highest quality in an amazing setting overlooking the Potomac River.

The National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art is the next stop for great art if you're visiting Washington D.C. It has an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, photography, decorative arts and architecture that spans American and European art from the 13th Century to modern and contemporary.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

If you're looking to get a taste of great American art, then look no further than the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which has the nation's first collection of American art, with over 7,000 artists. This museum also houses the Renwick Gallery which has the finest collection of American crafts.


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Freer Gallery / Arthur M. Sackler gallery

The Smithsonian also encompasses the Freer Gallery which features a prime collection of Asian art such as Chinese/ Japanese and Himalayan, and much more. In the same venue, you will find the Arthur M. Sackler gallery, which also has a great collection of contemporary and ancient Asian art, including sculpture, bronzes and Japanese Ceramics.

Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art

Get a taste of premium African art in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, where you will find a great collection of ongoing and temporary exhibitions and visual arts that will put you inside the Cradle of Humanity.


The National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian should be your next stop if you want to experience local culture and browse through great art in D.C. This museum introduces the Native peoples of the Washington D.C and other areas across the U.S, and offers great exhibitions, drawings, paintings that capture their heritage. The 'Our Peoples: Giving Voice to Our Histories' ongoing exhibit is particularly compelling.

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Corcoran Art Gallery

If you're still hungry for great art, head to the Corcoran Art Gallery in the heart of Washington D.C. This gallery has a great collection of contemporary art, American art, photography and decorative arts and remarkable exhibitions.

Textile Museum

Another great museum which offers a unique arts experience is the Textile Museum, with its collections of Ottoman Embroidery, Persian carpets, and the history of textiles and colors. There's also a great exhibition scheduled for 2012, which will take a look at the age-old art of recycling precious fabrics, and how certain cultures reused them to create beautiful new textile forms.

The National Museum for Women in Art

The National Museum for Women in Arts is the only museum in the world solely dedicated to artwork by women. There are over 3,000 works from paintings to photography, which provide a comprehensive look at art by women from the 16th Century until today.

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National Gallery of Sculpture Garden

If you're tired of the indoors, head over to the National Gallery of Sculpture Garden which features a beautifully landscaped garden and 17 sculptures from internationally-renowned sculptors and various unique plantings. During summer afternoons, there are also artists which entertain visitors by the fountains with soft jazz music. Note that if you're visiting Washington D.C in the winter, this garden transforms into a very popular skating rink.