As a budding photographer, one of the best places to begin developing a creative eye is in an Art Gallery. Practically down the street for me is Washington D.C. and its treasure trove of museums and galleries.
The National Gallery Art is my favorite art museum in the city. Designed beautifully, and easy to access, this museum offers incredible artwork and a wonderful and intimate cafe on the ground floor. Walking through the rooms with art created by masters, and sculptures that mimic life is awe inspiring. The west building is the more elegant and traditional building, while the east building offers the more modern feel by both the building and the art it contains.
Funded by a trust created by Andrew W. Mellon in 1937, and completed in 1941 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt the gallery is open year-round and is free to all.