What are the best art galleries in Washington D.C.?

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McLean Robbins

Art lovers, take note. It’s easy to plan an entire vacation around gallery hopping in Washington, D.C. Venture beyond the expected – the impressive yet well-known National Gallery of Art and its associated Sculpture Garden – to the Smithsonian-operated Freer & Sackler Galleries, where you’ll see a wide variety of Eastern art. You’ll also want to escape the National Mall entirely for three art museums owned by the Smithsonian collection – the Renwick Gallery, which features American craft arts, and the two-in-one museums in Chinatown, the National Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery. But we haven’t even begun to complete our artistic journey yet – you’ll also want to stop by the gorgeous downtown National Museum of Women in the Arts (bonus points if you can attend an evening gala or lecture) and the famed Corcoran Gallery of Art, which offers an ever-rotating selection of works by master painters, sculptors and photographers alike.

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