World's Most Beautiful Museums
No big city vacation is complete without a visit to a beautiful museum. Our favorite collections combine great locations—like Central Park, central Paris, or the Pacific Coast—with iconic, inspiring works of art.
Must-see masterpieces: Fra Bartolommeo's Rest on the Flight to Egypt, Titian's Venus and Adonis, and Vincent Van Gogh's Irises.
Gift-shop grab: Van Gogh and Cezanne Charm Pendant ($25).
Learn more: getty.edu/museum
National Gallery of Art
Rodin and da Vinci on the mall
The National Gallery of Art opened in 1937 and continues to hold its own even with such famous neighbors as the Capitol and the Washington Monument. Its extensive collection of Italian Renaissance masterpieces and works by Impressionists and early 20th-century painters is worth a stop—and it's free.
Must-see masterpieces: Leonardo da Vinci's Ginevra de'Benci (the only da Vinci painting in the U.S.), Johannes Vermeer's A Lady Writing a Letter, and Paul Gaugin's Self Portrait.
Gift-shop grab: Color Wheel Umbrella ($35)
Learn more: nga.gov