La Galerie National comprend une collection extensive de l'art européen et américain dans deux bâtiments spectaculaires. Dans le grand Bâtiment Ouest néo-classique on montre des œuvres de Rembrandt, Rubens, et Gainsborough. La collection permanente comprend des œuvres du XIIIe au XXe siècle y compris une partie consacrée à l'Impressionnisme. Une gare au sous-sol où vous trouverez une boutique des cadeaux et des restaurants vous amènera au Bâtiment Est. Conçu par I.M. Pei, ce bâtiment triangulaire est un point de repère important de la ville où vous trouverez des œuvres d'art du XXe siècle ainsi que des expositions temporaires.
The gorgeous U.S. Botanic Garden conservatory presents botanical variety, from the desert to the tropics, along a series of calm and gently meandering paths. A particular waterfall and garden display the flora of the dinosaur age. Seasonal displays include Christmas greens and poinsettias in December and January, chrysanthemums in autumn and blooming flowers at Easter. A part of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), the National Garden, was opened in October 2006 and includes the carefully-designed Butterfly Garden.
This 52-acre park is located north of the Reflecting Pool amid the capital's many famous monuments and memorials. A beautiful place for a stroll, the paths wind through the trees taking you to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a lake and a memorial to the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Steeped in history, this is a must-see on any DC tour.
Conçu par John Russel Pope dans le style romain, cet hommage à Thomas Jefferson, troisième président des États-Unis et écrivain de la Déclaration de l'Indépendance, est élégant et simple. Un statue de Jefferson de 5,8 mètres se trouve à l'intérieur entouré par ses écrits stimulants. C'est une destination après-dîner parfait. Le soir, la vue du Washington Monument, de l'autre côté de la bassin de marée est impressionnante, surtout lorsque les cerisier sont en fleurs.
One of two Smithsonian museums that feature Asian art, the Freer Gallery houses more than 26000 works from all points of the Asian continent, including China, Japan, Korea and India. These works include Asian porcelains, Japanese screens and Islamic art. The works of American artists influenced by Asia are also featured. The most spectacular of these is James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room, designed for a British shipping magnate and moved to the United States from London in 1904. The Sackler Gallery is interconnected with this gallery via underground exhibition space and houses an impressive collection of Chinese paintings, ceramics and jades.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is located just down the street from the National Air and Space Museum. Visitors stroll up a rising, circular incline and view works by Calder, Rodin, and contemporary sculptors. Special exhibits have included works by such artists as Mircea Cantor, Rivane Neuenschwander, and Morris Louis. This unique building is home to many innovative and unusual exhibits and pieces of art. The museum's collection includes 4,000 paintings and 2,000 sculptures. Do not miss the sunken sculpture garden across Jefferson Drive. Auguste Rodin's Burghers of Calais is a must-see.
Source Theater is entertaining the people of Washington DC with the richness of American dramas. Since 1977 Source Theater was one of the first art group to move to the 14th street which is infamous for the 1968 riots. Famous plays like Master Class and Love! Valour! Compassion! were performed here.
Nestled in the picturesque Kalorama neighborhood, Spanish Steps were constructed as a part of the City Beautiful Movement. This movement was an architectural reform movement in the United States of America during the late 1800s which encouraged architects to beautify the city by adding impressive structures to it. Robert E. Cook, a local architect, took inspirations from the Spanish Steps located in Rome and designed this beautiful structure in 1911. There is an elegant lion-head fountain at the top of the stairs which also promises splendid views of the city.
The Washington National Opera, founded in 1956, is currently housed in the Kennedy Center Opera House. General Director Plácido Domingo leads, what the Congress of the United States of America calls “The National Opera.” The Washington National Opera received this title due to its support of lesser-known works and its discovering of new talent. It is recognized for collaborating with leading foreign opera companies and its commitment to supporting new American opera.
Located near the Constitution Gardens is the Reflecting Pool. The Reflecting Pool, as the name suggests, lets you see the mirror images of the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. It has great historical significance and has witnessed major political events. U.S citizens gathered here to listen to the speech delivered by Martin Luther King at the March on Washington. Every year thousands of tourists frequent the place and the calm and deep waters of the pool adds as a perfect backdrop for a family photograph.