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The West Building Main Floor Returns!

Galleries east of the Rotunda on the West Building’s Main Floor—home to impressionist masterpieces, American and British paintings and sculpture, and more—are now open! Most galleries on the Ground Floor remain open as well. Free, timed passes are required.

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Now Open in the West Building, Ground Floor

True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870

Reserve your timed pass to journey to Europe. See how early plein-air artists escaped their studios and painted outside to capture their immediate impressions of the landscape.

Now through November 15, 2020


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Virtual Programs

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Virtual Event

Telling the Past Differently: Italian Renaissance Art in the Hands of the Beholder

Explore how Italian Renaissance panel paintings were acted upon and transformed by the people who encountered and used them in their daily lives with professor Megan Holmes of the University of Michigan.

Friday, October 30, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Selections from the Pearl Bowser Collection, NMAAHC

The Pearl Bowser Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture reflects the creativity and skill of women behind the motion picture camera. Three short works from this landmark collection are on view here.

Watch online through November 3

Virtual Exhibitions

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Painting of Four Dancers, 1899 by Edward Degas showing four balerinas with a painted theater screen of nature behind them.

Custom Prints Curated by You

Have one of your favorite Gallery paintings reproduced for you to hang on your wall. Prints can be customized with different formats, sizes, and frames from a wide range of images from the Gallery’s permanent collection and from special exhibitions.

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