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Release Date: October 16, 2017

Shopping & Dining: A Celebration of Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

Johannes VNational Gallery of Art's West Shop, West Building, Ground Floorermeer The Love Letter, c. 1669-70 oil on canvas, Rijksmuseum, purchased with the support of Vereniging Rembrandt

National Gallery of Art's West Shop, West Building, Ground Floor


Guests of all ages can take a piece of Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting home with hundreds of hand-selected items to choose from.

Merchandise Highlights:

A wide array of pottery from Delft, tapestry-inspired scarves and faux-fur pieces, Zamani rugs in multiple designs, dozens of styles of pearl jewelry, leather journals with marbled edges, and much more.

Shop Locations:

The National Gallery of Art West Shop, Ground Floor; Concourse Shop Bookstore , Children's Shop, Concourse; East Shop, East Building, Concourse; Special Exhibition Shop adjacent to the exhibition exit

Gallery Shops Hours:
Monday–Saturday, 10:00–5:00
Sunday, 11:00–6:00

Other Shopping Locations:; (800) 697-9350; (202) 789-3047 (fax); [email protected].


The National Gallery of Art Garden Café gives guests the opportunity to taste the flavors of Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting. Vermeer-inspired dishes are available during the Garden Café's weekday hours as well as during its recently launched weekend brunch buffet.


The National Gallery of Art Garden Café is located on the Ground Floor of the West Building, near the 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW entrance.

Garden Café Hours:
Monday–Saturday, 11:30–3:00
Sunday, 12:00–4:00

Vermeer-Inspired Dishes (available during weekday and weekend service):

Vermeer Cheese Sampler:
Danish blue cheese, aged gouda, goat cheese with cumin and clove, flatbread crackers and toasted baguette

Dutch Appetizer Platter:
smoked whitefish, pickled herring, egg salad, cornichon, pickled red onion, flatbread crackers and toasted baguette

Dutch Hussar Potato Salad:
potato, Bibb lettuce, apple, cornichon, onion, red beet, hard-boiled egg, parsley

Weekday Desserts:
Dutch apple pie, Dutch cocoa pudding with whipped cream and shaved chocolate, semolina pudding with cherry gastrique

Weekend Brunch Desserts:
macaroon and vanilla pudding, St. Nicholas slices, wheat bread and hagelslag, coconut macaroon, bitter cookie

Download the full Garden Café weekday menu and weekend menu.

Food Service Provider:
Starr Catering Group is the food services provider in four visitor dining areas of the East and West Buildings—the group's first venture in Washington, DC. Starr Catering Group assumed charge of the food and beverage operations beginning on October 1, 2016, coinciding with the reopening of the East Building. Visit for more information on Starr Catering Group, or to learn more about dining options at the National Gallery of Art.

About the Garden Café Weekend Brunch:
Launched in September 2017, the Gallery's Garden Café is the only place on the National Mall where you can enjoy a seasonal brunch buffet with your museum visit. Indulge in classic brunch dishes, signature entrées, and lighter fare.

Press Contact:
Christina Brown, (202) 842-6598 or [email protected]

General Information

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. For information call (202) 737-4215 or visit the Gallery's Web site at Follow the Gallery on Facebook at, Twitter at, and Instagram at

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.
For additional press information please call or send inquiries to:
Department of Communications
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785
phone: (202) 842-6353
e-mail: [email protected]
Anabeth Guthrie
Chief of Communications
(202) 842-6804
[email protected]

The Gallery also offers a broad range of newsletters for various interests. Follow this link to view the complete list.

Shopping & Dining: A Celebration of Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

Exhibition Press Release:
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

Christina Brown
(202) 842-6598
[email protected]

Questions from members of the media may be directed to the Department of Communications at (202) 842-6353 or [email protected]

The public may call (202) 737-4215 or visit for more information about the National Gallery of Art.