National Gallery of Art
Location: Washington, D.C.
2013 Exhibitions: Citizens of the Republic: Portraits from the Dutch Golden Age (August 4 - February 3), Michelangelo's David-Apollo (December 13 - March 3)
Andrew W. Mellon privately established the National Gallery of Art for the public in 1937 with a joint resolution from the United States congress. Mellon donated a large private art collection and funds to construct the building itself. The Neoclassical west building was designed by John Russell Pope, which is connected to the modern east building designed by I.M. Pei. The gallery's exhibits focus on the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the modern era, and the museum includes the only da Vinci piece in the United States. Exhibits often cover art history and art in different sectors of the world, with admission being free to the public.