Most people associate our nation’s capital with great marbled statehouses, bustling politicians, and rich American history. It is brimming with one-of-a-kind statues, monuments and sculptures paying tribute to our founding forefathers and national heritage. This historical perspective is woven throughout the people, landscape and architecture of D.C. The city itself feels like a carefully planned piece of art, which is quickly evident by taking a simple walking tour.
Washington D.C. is home to the National Gallery of Art as well as the famous Smithsonian museums, all of which provide patrons with an unprecedented collection of artifacts, Americana, and priceless art. One of the best little-known facts about these museums is that they are free to the public! They are located along the National Mall, a large swathe of land connecting many major historical buildings such as the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol building, and White House by way of an enormous pedestrian thoroughfare.
In addition to having a strong patriotic pull, Washington D.C. is a city inspired by many international flavors and persuasions. This has established D.C. as a hotbed of culture, including a flourishing arts scene. There are many exciting lesser-known art galleries in and around the DC area which highlight the city’s strong international cultural appeal.
This blog will explore the wealth of art along the beaten and not-so-beaten pathways unique to the DC area. Whether you’re a history buff, political enthusiast, tourist, or simply an art aficionado, Washington D.C. has a wide range of galleries and museum showings that will surely instill a sense of pride in these distinctive national treasures.(Chad Hemmert)