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National Gallery of Art

East and West Buildings at Night Photo © Dennis Brack

East and West Buildings at Night Photo © Dennis Brack

The National Gallery of Art preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters understanding of works of art at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards. Masterworks by the most renowned European and American artists await visitors to the National Gallery of Art, one of the world's preeminent art museums. The Gallery’s collection of some 130,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals, and decorative arts traces the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. Open to the public free of charge, the Gallery was created for the people of the United States of America by a joint resolution of Congress accepting the gift of Andrew W. Mellon in 1937. Special programs for all ages engage visitors to the Gallery every day, while temporary exhibitions spanning the world and the history of art are presented year-round. 

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