Reasons I love it:
*The presidential portraits are great, especially Lincoln and Eisenhower. And it is interesting to see how the styles of paintings changed (the painting of Carter is very 1980s, and James Polk kind of looks like Mel Gibson--who would have thought?)
*The Courtyard Cafe is a good place to stop and rest--it is an indoor courtyard with a glass ceiling and the food is great (especially the coffee and the hot chocolate).
*The HUGE Bierstadt painting "Among the Sierra Nevada." Make it a point to find it.
*The museum is off the beaten path and not as crowded.
*It is within easy walking distance to good restaurants (Jaleo, Zola, Oyamel, Cafe Atlantico).
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