In this era of shrinking federal budgets, the National Gallery of Art has suffered little, thanks to support from Congress. From 2001 to 2011, federal appropriations to the gallery grew from $73 million to $158 million — or rose 70 percent when accounting for inflation — a growth rate nearly triple that of various other federally funded cultural institutions.
Aug. 27, 2013 Federal appropriations to the National Gallery of Art — created in the 1930s, during the Depression — grew from $73 million to $158 million — 70 percent when accounting for inflation — from 2001 to 2011. When compared with museums across the country, the gallery’s growth is staggering. On average, museum budgets have grown by less than 15 percent since 1991, according to a report by the American Alliance of Museums. Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post