What’s summertime without flowers and sunshine? If you and your family usually take trips into DC around this time of year to visit the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden, then we have good news for you. The garden, which closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced on June 15 that it is reopening its gates.
Set to reopen to the public on Saturday, June 20, new guidelines will be put in place for both staff and visitor safety, including reduced daily hours (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), limited capacity and one gate each for entering and exiting the facility. The Sculpture Garden is also requiring all guests ages 2 and up to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
The 6.1-acre outdoor garden features curvilinear pathways, ample seating in the shade and around the large fountain, as well as 21 modern and contemporary sculptures.
The garden’s Pavilion Cafe will also be open, offering prepackaged salads, sandwiches and beverages. Guests must pay with credit card only, and purchases will be made right outside the doors of the restaurant.
The West and East Buildings on the property will remain closed to the public, and the Gallery will begin a phased reopening of the buildings after DC Mayor Murial Bowser announces the beginning of Stage 2 of ReOpen DC.
For more information, visit nga.gov. // Sculpture Garden: Seventh St. and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC; $5 entry fee for adults, free for members
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