The National Gallery’s first building, which opened in 1941, was John Russell Pope’s last design and houses works from the 11th through the 19th centuries. Galleries on the Main Floor showcase the only Leonardo da Vinci painting in the Americas, as well as works by Monet, Rembrandt, El Greco, and thousands more. Works are exhibited by period and national origin, and this context also informs each gallery’s design. The Rotunda was modeled on the Pantheon in Rome and is a central meeting place for daily tours and thousands of visitors each day. On the Ground Floor, visitors will find the Kaufman Collection of American furniture; rotating installations of prints, drawings, and photographs; decorative arts and sculpture from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century; the elegant, full-service Garden Café; and the West Building Shop.
Explore an interactive map of the West Building and see what’s on view today.