Sculpture Garden

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There are six public entrances to the Sculpture Garden: one on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, three on 7th Street (one directly across from the Gallery's West Building entrance), and two on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets NW.

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Designed to offer year-round enjoyment to the public in one of the preeminent locations on the National Mall, the National Gallery Sculpture Garden features works from the Gallery's growing collection as well as loans for special exhibitions.

Installations include Claes Oldenburg's Typewriter Eraser, Scale X (model 1998, fabricated 1999), and Joan Miró's Personnage Gothique, Oiseau-Eclair (1974, cast 1977), as well as new acquisitions.

Located in the 6.1-acre block adjacent to the West Building, the elegant yet informal Garden includes new plantings of native American species of canopy trees, flowering trees, shrubs, ground covers, and perennials. A fountain, which serves as an ice rink in winter, is at the center of the Garden, and walking and seating areas offer visitors a chance to rest and reflect on the works on view. The Pavilion Café offers year-round café service, along with indoor seating. The Sculpture Garden is enclosed by a decorative metal fence with marble piers and plinths, designed to reflect the historic character of the West Building. There are six public entryways to the Sculpture Garden, and it is accessible to visitors with disabilities.

The Sculpture Garden is made possible by a 1991 agreement, signed by the National Park Service and the National Gallery of Art and approved by the National Capital Planning Commission, to transfer jurisdiction of the Sculpture Garden site from the Park Service to the National Gallery.

Volunteer
The Sculpture Garden plantings are maintained by the National Gallery of Art horticulture staff. The division of horticulture is currently accepting applications for volunteers. For more information on volunteer opportunities, candidates should submit a letter of interest including all vital contact information to gardens@nga.gov.

Sculpture Garden Hours

Mid-November through mid-March
Monday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Mid-March through mid-November
Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Pavilion Café Hours

Mid-November through mid-March
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Friday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Ice Rink Hours

Mid-November through mid-March
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

In celebration of the new year, the ice-skating rink will remain open until 11:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

The ice-skating rink will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. The Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed on December 25 and January 1.

Architects and Curators
Laurie D. Olin, landscape architect, Olin Partnership, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in association with National Gallery of Art staff Mark Leithauser, chief of design; Gordon Anson, chief lighting designer; James M. Grupe, senior architect; Carl Campioli, assistant senior architect; and former curators of twentieth-century art, Mark Rosenthal and Marla Prather.

Sponsor
The National Gallery Sculpture Garden is given to the nation by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

The Sculpture Garden is on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. (The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is bounded by Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive, and 7th and 9th Streets NW)

Rules
Do not touch the works of art.

Do not ride bicycles or use in-line skates and skateboards in the Sculpture Garden (either walk beside your bicycle or secure it at one of the hitching posts located near the entrances on Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive).

Only service animals are allowed.

Alcoholic beverages brought from outside are prohibited in the Sculpture Garden and are subject to confiscation.

 

 

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