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Sculpture Garden
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This Web feature provides a sampling of what one will see when visiting the Sculpture Garden. The Sculpture section discusses the main pieces found in the garden while the Plantings section shows the horticulture that enhances the space. The Chronology and Construction sections discuss the history and development of this unique attraction.

Sculpture Garden Hours
Mid-November through mid-March
Monday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Pavilion Café Hours
Mid-November through mid-March
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Friday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Ice Rink Hours
Mid-November through mid-March
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
In celebration of the new year, the ice-skating rink will remain open until 11:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
The ice-skating rink will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. The Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed on December 25 and January 1.
More information about guided tours, Jazz in the Garden and the Pavilion Café

Location and Access
On the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is bounded by Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive, and 7th and 9th Streets NW)
View a map of the Sculpture Garden

Information guides with descriptions and locations of each sculpture are available at the main 7th Street entrance of the Sculpture Garden and at all art information desks.

There are six public entrances to the Sculpture Garden:
One entrance on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street NW.
Three entrances on 7th Street NW, with one directly across from the Gallery's West Building entrance.
Two entrances on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets NW.

The reflecting pool and fountain refresh visitors from spring through fall.


Do not touch the works of art.

Do not ride bicycles or use in-line skates and skateboards in the Sculpture Garden (either walk beside your bicycle or secure it at one of the hitching posts located near the entrances on Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive).

Only service animals are allowed.

Architects and Curators

The design for the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden was created by Laurie D. Olin, landscape architect, Olin Partnership, in association with key members of the National Gallery staff: Earl A. Powell III, director; Mark Leithauser, chief of design; Gordon Anson, senior lighting designer; James Grupe, senior architect; Carl Campioli, assistant senior architect; and Donald Hand, former chief of horticulture. The art was selected by the Gallery's director Earl A. Powell III; Alan Shestack, deputy director; and Marla Prather and Mark Rosenthal, former curators of twentieth-century art. Construction on the site was completed by the Chas H. Tompkins Company.

More information about the Sculpture Garden

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