One of the best museums in Washington, and quite possibly the world, I made this an essential part of my trip to the US capital. It's really too big to see everything in a day, so I had to choose the parts I wanted to see the most, which included the impressionists, the Dutch masters and the Van Gogh collections. I was expecting a lot and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. It is a place that must be visited on a trip to Washington, and best of all, it's completely free!
One of the best museums in the world; and we've been to many, in the U.S. and in Europe. They have large hanging sculptures by Calder; and amazing art throughout. The architecture inside is beautiful. When we were there, they had regular cinema-speaking engagements, as well as live piano, playing to silent films - how amazing is that! Definitely worth a visit; and check out their website for the various programs available so you get the most out of the time you are there.
An interesting place to go see in DC if you're visiting. Has plenty to see and provides a great learning experience if you're interested. Not really as calm and quiet as I'd expect for an art gallery but aside from that it's a nice place to see. If you enjoy history or are into art then this is a nice place to check out.
You can spend all day here and come back there is so much to see. You will need to take a nourishment break. The cafeteria is pretty good food, wide selection, and really reasonable prices. The coat and bag check is free. We were leaving that day and had a duffle bag and 2 backpacks and they were checked without a problem. If you only have one chance to come here you may want to start with the modern art and then see the rest of the art if only because if you start the opposite way you will be too tired to stay around for the modern art. On the other hand if you don't care about modern art, go ahead and start in the other wing.
This is beyond any doubt a world class experience. Take your time, maybe visit twice there is just so much to see. The classic part is by far the most impressive. The east building is mostly crap but the Picasso and a few other exhibitions are great. Do NOT miss the underground path to east building. It's an experience in itself.