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Museums After Hours: D.C.'s Best Kept Secret

If you like visiting the capital's museums by day, you'll love what they offer after five

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National Gallery of Art: Concert Series

By Day: Opened in 1937 thanks to a joint resolution of the United States Congress, the National Gallery of Art features one of the nation's best collections of Western art, from the Middle Ages up through present day. Free to the public, the museum's massive collection spans two buildings—the West Building, built in 1941, and the more modern East Building, built in 1978 (currently closed for renovations). Don't miss the only Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas, Ginevra de' Benci, a portrait of a 16-year-old girl from a wealthy Renaissance family, or the recently acquired Vincent van Gogh masterpiece Still Life of Oranges and Lemons with Blue Gloves.

By Night: On Sunday evenings in June, the National Gallery of Art transforms into a performance space for esteemed classical performers through its National Gallery of Art Concert Series, now in its 72nd season. This month, visitors will be treated to performances by Philippe Entremont (a French classical pianist and conductor) and the National Gallery of Art Chamber Players. The performances are free to the public and held immediately after the museum closes on Sundays in the West Building's West Garden Court.

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