Browse the World-Class Corcoran Gallery of Art
September 29, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, USA – To have such a coveted location right across from the White House, art buffs have to know that they’re witnessing only some of the very best at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. This world-class gallery houses masterpieces from the likes of Degas, Picasso, and Warhol to name a few; you simply can’t beat this eclectic collection of art of present and of times past.
It began in 1859 with fervent art collector William Corcoran. As his collection increased, so did patrons’ interest in viewing it. He began to open his home twice a week to willing visitors, eventually commissioning the design of a public gallery in 1869. Five years later, his namesake museum opened its doors, showcasing an assortment of 98 paintings and sculptures; by the end of the year, it more than tripled in size.
Fast forward to the present, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art now encompasses over 16,000 works. From portraits to paintings to sculptures to tapestries, art buffs can view a world-class assortment of American and European art. And though coughing up USD 10 for a ticket may be a bit much (especially considering the plethora of free galleries and museums nearby), it’s a small price to pay for viewing such beautiful works. Plus, the gallery offers free admission on select occasions and discounted ticket prices upon arrival, so budget-conscious patrons can still get a taste of the Corcoran Gallery of Art at a steal.
Its prime location on the National Mall puts you right in the heart of all the action, too. After spending the afternoon browsing the gallery, you can hit up a number of other nearby sights like Purple Picks the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and National Air and Space Museum—not bad for a day spent frolicking among these crowded tourist quarters (though, not to worry, the gallery itself is much more relaxed for pondering patrons).
Of course, when taking it all in becomes too much to handle, just opt in for one of the gallery’s docent-led tours. The hour-long tour highlights many of the gallery’s prime works of art (and are even free with admission!). So when you’re looking for a quiet reprieve among the otherwise bustling Mall, look no further than this world-class gem; it’s your one-way ticket to any artist’s paradise.
Read more about the Corcoran Gallery of Art in our Washington, DC guide.