The East and West Buildings of the National Gallery of Art are recognized as great works of architecture and are considered national treasures. They house important collections of art and present them in a safe and welcoming environment to the American public and to visitors from around the world. To maintain the buildings and infrastructure at optimal efficiency, the Gallery has implemented an ongoing, long-term program of repair, restoration, and renovation.
East Building Scheduled Closings for Renovation
The National Gallery of Art plans to construct with private donations 12,260 square feet of art exhibition space within the current footprint of the East Building on the National Mall. This work will occur in coordination with the federally funded Master Facilities Plan, a renovation program that began in the West Building in 1999 and continues in the East Building.
The East Building Atrium, with Alexander Calder's renowned mobile Untitled (1976) and Andy Goldsworthy's Roof (2004–2005), will remain open. Visitors may access the Concourse and walkway to the West Building, and enjoy Leo Villareal's Multiverse (2008), the Gallery Shops, and the Cascade Café and Espresso Bar. The library in the East Building will remain open by appointment and its program of focus installations will remain open to the public.
Programs in the East Building Auditorium, such as lectures and films, may be moved to other locations within the Gallery. Changes of location will be announced to the public in a timely manner on the Gallery's website and in social media, as well as in public calendars and other media.
The new spaces will include an outdoor sculpture terrace overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue and two flanking sky-lit interior Tower Galleries. They will primarily display modern art from the permanent collection.
For specific information, see Modern Art on View during Construction, e-mail the Gallery at DEA-INFO@NGA.GOV, telephone (202) 842-6179, or inquire at the Information Desks.
The planned removal and reinstallation of the marble veneer of the 35-year-old East Building of the National Gallery of Art began in early March 2011; the project is expected to be completed by spring 2014. While the East Building is remaining open to the public during the entire period, the project has necessitated the following developments:
- The north parking lane of Madison Drive between 3rd and 4th Streets NW is closed to all vehicles.
- The sidewalks along Madison Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 4th Streets are closed to all pedestrians. The sidewalks along 3rd and 4th Streets between Pennsylvania Avenue and Madison Drive remain open.
- Some of the Yoshino cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) and willow oak (Quercus phellos) trees on the east and south sides of the East Building have been moved to an off-site nursery for the duration of the project. Others will be replaced with trees of the same size and quality upon completion of the project.
- Instead of conventional or fixed scaffolding over the entire building, a more open, vertical-access system is being employed for the removal and reinstallation of some 16,200 Tennessee pink marble panels with new supports. Each three-inch-thick panel weighs approximately 450 pounds and typically measures five feet wide by two feet high. When the repair project is complete, the East Building and its landscaping will be restored to their original appearance.
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During construction East Building galleries that usually display art to the public are closed. Learn more about the renovation at the National Gallery of Art.
Hours & Location
The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets NW along Constitution Avenue NW.
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sculpture Garden Summer Hours
Monday–Thursday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m
December 25 and January 1
6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC
GPS Location (latitude, longitude): 38.892092,-77.019973
2000B South Club Drive, Landover, MD 20785
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The National Gallery of Art was conceived, founded, and given to the people of the United States by Andrew Mellon.
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