National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden:
Located between the Natural History Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art West Building, the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden consists of a full block of outdoor art, gardens, and a large center fountain surrounded by shaded benches. Pathways lead to over twenty art installations that include Roy Lichtenstein’s House I, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Typewriter Eraser Scale X, Sol LeWitt’s Four-Sided Pyramid, Roxy Paine’s Graft, Robert Indiana’s AMOR, and Lucas Samaras’s Chair Transformation Number 20B,. Visitors should check the National Gallery of Art website for guided tours of the garden’s exhibits.
The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden hosts two main events during the year. From May through August, the Jazz in the Garden is held on Friday evenings at the fountain. The free event has grown in popularity and draws large crowds. During the winter, the fountain is converted to an ice skating rink with ticketed time slots and skate rentals. The sculpture garden hours vary by season.
The enclosed pavilion cafe located within the sculpture garden serves pizza, soup and sandwiches, dessert, tea, coffee, wine, and beer.