National Gallery of Art

Constitution Ave NW & 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

(Archives-Navy Memorial, Judiciary Square Metro)

The National Gallery of Art was conceived and given to the people of the United States by Andrew W. Mellon (1855–1937). Mellon was a financier and art collector from Pittsburgh who came to Washington in 1921 to serve as secretary of the treasury. During his years of public service he came to believe that the United States should have a national art museum equal to those of other great nations.

In 1936 Mellon wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt offering to donate his superb art collection for a new museum and to use his own funds to construct a building for its use. With the president’s support, Congress accepted Mellon’s gift, which included a sizable endowment, and established the National Gallery of Art in March 1937. Construction began that year at a site on the National Mall along Constitution Avenue between Fourth and Seventh Street NW, near the foot of Capitol Hill.

  • Green, Yellow Lines, Archives- Navy Memorial

Films showing at this venue

SaturdayMarch 18
11:30amLong Way North81 mins, ( Freshwater & Oceans )
2:00pmA Land For War55 mins, ( Global Perspectives / Local )
2:00pmFort Ord: A Sense of Place60 mins, ( Global Perspectives / History )
SundayMarch 19
11:30amLong Way North81 mins, ( Freshwater & Oceans )
SaturdayMarch 25
11:30amThe Eagle Huntress87 mins, ( Animal Rights / Indigenous Voices )
3:00pmGertrude Bell: Letters from Baghdad95 mins, ( Global Perspectives )