March 3, 2014

Project DC: National Gallery of Art

Having parents in town is a great way to see more of the city, and my parents' recent visit was no exception. We always have such a great time when they're here, maybe because of the bountiful food and wine that always seems to appear, but mostly because they're just  really fun to be with. :)

I have to admit that my Project DC list keeps growing, sometimes because I've visited  or done something cool that I hadn't thought to put on the list to begin with, and sometimes because I just keep thinking of items that merit a place on the list. At this rate, I don't know if it will ever be done, but I figure it can't hurt to just keep going and see what happens!

Anyway, I mention this because originally, we were going to visit the National Portrait Gallery, but we were a bit overeager and arrived downtown before the museum even opened, and since we didn't want to push back our brunch reservations, we decided to just walk down the street to the National Gallery of Art, which had just opened for the day. Hooray!

First of all, this place is gorgeous. The galleries are beautiful and filled with beautiful pieces, and I appreciated that they were curated in such a way that visitors have a chance to absorb each piece without being overwhelmed by all the others. We were able to select a few areas of interest and peruse at our leisure, and by the time we left, we felt very satisfied with all we had seen. Renoir, Van Gogh, the Byzantine exhibit... it was all so fun!

Although there is really no wrong way to go through the galleries, I do recommend picking out a few that you want to prioritize. There is so much to see that you could easily burn out before making it to your favorites, and that would be such a shame. I will definitely be back to revisit a few favorites (I can't get enough Van Gogh!) and check out some new pieces.

For an impromptu visit, we had an excellent time at the National Gallery of Art. It was just the right amount of stimulation without being exhausting, and it was a lovely way to spend the morning. My parents loved it, and it made me feel good to take in the culture that DC offers. Until next time!

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3. Go on a White House tour.
6. Take a day trip to Annapolis.
7. Go to the Newseum.
8. Go back to Jazz in the Garden when it starts up again in the spring.
9. Go to the Holocaust Museum.
13. Go to the National Portrait Gallery.
14. Go to the Corcoran.
17. Go to more embassy events.
19. See the drum circle at Malcolm X Park.
20. Mini golf at H Street Country Club.
21. Evening drinks at POV.
22. Visit the National Archives.
24. Walk through the National Arboretum.
26. Go to the Jefferson Memorial.
27. Visit the National Gallery of Art.