An unanticipated consequence of the Civil War was the establishment of the National Gallery of Art.
The Gallery was created by Congress in the aftermath of the war with the passage of a bill that “appropriated $25,000 ‘for the purchase of pictures for the use of Congress.’ The original sum was increased to $50,000 in 1869, and terms were set aside within the Capitol for a gallery..” 
The collection has grown over time to more than 100,000 pieces and work is underway to renovate and expand the facilities. It is one of many museums operated by the National Park Service.
Commercial galleries are prohibited from selling its artworks but many have sold reproductions (either authorized or unauthorized) for years.
The National Gallery of Art was the first museum in the US dedicated to contemporary art. Its collection includes more than 95,000 works of art and is made up of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and photographs. If you’re looking for a piece of art that particularly fascinates you, or want to learn more about a certain painting or artist, then look at the NG Art Blog which has articles on all sorts of things, including interviews with the curators, galleries and conservators.
If you are lucky enough to live in the Washington DC area, then there is a special treat for you: any day of the week from 10am until 5pm you can go into the museum at no cost to view the exhibits – after 5pm and on weekends you will need to buy a ticket. There are also often special exhibitions that have admission charges.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu is a Chinese military treatise written during the 6th century BC. Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it has long been praised as the definitive work on military strategy and tactics. In fact, it was never actually used as a field manual by any Chinese emperor. It was written as general advice to be read and understood by the ruling class.
Military professionals, particularly in the West, have long valued it as a guide to planning and waging war. And while they often acknowledge that much of its advice is situational, they still feel that its basic tenets remain sound and relevant to this day.
Taught to students at West Point and other American military academies since World War II, it has also inspired many Western business leaders—including Bill Gates—and political leaders on both sides of the aisle.
And now you can find The Art of War online.
Articles posted regularly over the months leading up to Memorial Day and the 4th of July. Articles cover conflicts from the American Revolution through the Iraq War, including historical battles and lesser-known campaigns.
The author is a former Marine Corps officer. The blog contains photographs and maps. Highlights include a list of links to articles on 20th century wars, an article on the Battle of New Orleans, and an article titled “The Bloody Crucible of Iwo Jima.”
The National Gallery of Art was established in 1937, when Andrew W. Mellon donated his art collection and funds to construct the building. In 1962, the Gallery’s East Building opened to the public, greatly expanding gallery space for exhibitions of visiting shows and collections.
In 1978, the West Building was opened and now houses the permanent collection in a full-circle architectural design that complements the East Building. The West Building also contains larger galleries for traveling exhibitions and special installations and offers a range of educational resources including auditoriums, a library, conservation labs and more than 4,000 free public programs each year.
The Gallery is free to all visitors.*
The National Gallery of Art is the largest art museum in the United States, and probably one of the most famous. It has a collection of over two million pieces, including works by Monet, Picasso, Gauguin and Andy Warhol. The museum is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 3rd and 9th streets.
What was once an airfield for military dirigibles is now a contemporary art museum that houses paintings by Degas, van Gogh and Rembrandt. The gallery also organizes exhibitions that tour internationally to bring art to local audiences.
The National Gallery of Art owes its existence to Andrew W. Mellon. In 1937 Mellon donated $10 million to build the gallery on land he owned near the Washington Monument (hence the name “National Gallery of Art”). Construction started in 1938 and finished in 1941, making it one of the first buildings erected in Washington after the US entered World War II. The original building was designed in a Beaux-Arts style with Ionic columns that gives it a Greek feel. Inside are three large galleries: The West Building, The East Building and The Sculpture Garden all connected by underground hallways.*
The National Gallery of Art is a museum in Washington, DC. The gallery is home to a collection of over 2,300 American paintings, 5,000 prints and drawings, 12,000 photographs, and 25,000 works of sculpture.
It is one of the largest art museums in the world.
The gallery was established by an act of Congress in 1937 for the purpose of “encouraging, developing, and maintaining the permanent collection of art objects by appropriate purchases or grants.” It opened its doors to the public on November 24, 1941.
But before it became a museum it was a part of another building. It was originally housed in the U.S. Patent Office Building from 1851 until 1897 when it was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum in Washington D.C.. In 1963 it was moved again to its current location on Independence Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW.
The expansion that occurred in 1976 almost doubled its size and added an auditorium and another gallery. The West Wing was designed by I. M. Pei who also designed the East Building completed in 1978.*
The National Gallery of Art offers free admission to all visitors every day except December 25.*