If air-conditioned, overly-organized museums just aren’t the way you want to spend your weekend in Washington, DC, there’s still a way for you to delve into the world of free galleries. The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden (401 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC) brings the art outdoors, wraps it with lush gardens and an exquisite fountain, and creates a free, refreshing experience in the middle of the city. The Sculpture Garden is on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, with numerous entrances that draw you in through ornate wrought iron gates. There are 17 permanent sculptures, and special exhibits pop up from time to time. One of the most popular is Barry Flanagan’s “Thinker on a Rock.” It’s probably not what you’d expect!
The Pavilion Café offers food and beverages of all types to help make your time at the Sculpture Garden even more enjoyable. The Sculpture Garden is at its best on weekends in the summer – visit on Friday nights from 5:00 – 8:30 to hear live jazz music near the fountain.