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National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art

Free admission
4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, National Mall, Washington D.C., 20565

The Basics

The National Gallery of Art’s permanent collection is comprised of mostly American and European art from the Renaissance period to today. Loan collections and temporary exhibitions bring a variety of styles and cultural representation to the museum. Extensive educational programs, lecture series, and guided tours offer visitors in-depth context to accompany the works of art on display.

Guided tours—including private and small-group options—can make seeing the vast collection more manageable. Many DC sightseeing tours pass by the gallery, and some hop-on hop-off bus tours stop here.

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Guided Small Group Night Tour Of The National Malls Top Attractions
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$120.00 per adult
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Cousins in DC Dec 2021♥️
Awesome night tour experience even if you’re from the area. Definitely an option when you have family in town. Kudos to Corey for a great tour! Will recommend to friends, may even do this again myself! Happy 2022! (Photos ♥️ @graziellaines)
Michelle_G, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

A wonderful time at the National Gallery of Art with Tosca
Lisa_C, Oct 2021
Curated Tour - National Gallery of Art with French Art Historian
I had a wonderful tour with Tosca. I indicated that I enjoyed Italian Renaissance art and she paid special attention to that. She gave information about the paintings and the artists as well. I found the stories about the artists so fascinating that I enjoyed the paintings even more. She made my visit to the National Gallery of Art and very enjoyable experience.
A museum must do!!
Andrea_C, Nov 2021
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
Donna made our visit to the museum much more engaging! We all learned so much. We touched on a little art from many different eras. After the tour we felt more confident to revisit areas of the museum and study more on our own.
Varda_S, Oct 2021
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
Amazing time and tour guide was given very knowledgeable stories.Collection is amazing Thank you for a great time!
A trip made wonderful.
Gwin_H, Oct 2021
Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour - Private Tour
We saw museums and galleries through the eyes of our 12 y.o. grandson. There is so much to see, but Meghan Hanson, our guide, was terrific; she catered to our interests every day, got us through the maze of things to see with flying colors, and made us feel cared for and relaxed. We highly recommend Meghan and will request her professional services when we bring our other grandchildren to DC.
The Mall was very good...
RICHARD_S, Sep 2021
DC Mall & National Gallery of Art Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl Max
The Mall was very good and the guide was very knowledgabe in the National Gallery abot all of the artwork. He also had a GREAT personality!
Leigh was a GREAT guide at The National Gallery of Art!!!
Brayton_J, Aug 2021
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - 8ppl Max
Leigh was delightful, knowledgeable and just an all around great guide - I would highly recommend her!
Fascinating Tour!
Karin_L, Jul 2021
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - 8ppl Max
Great tour! Megan was wonderful! We learned so many fascinating things about both the art and the artists!
Best Guide!
Nancy_G, Jun 2021
DC Mall & National Gallery of Art Guided Walking Guided Tour - Private Tour
Our guide, Tony was incredibly knowledgeable. We learned so much and had a great time seeing the monuments and art gallery. The tour exceeded our expectations!
A must do!
GregoryM_C, Oct 2021
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
Great tour, don’t miss it! We learned and saw so much. It was great to have help navigating all the great art. Highly recommend!
Donna was awesome!
Francine_M, Mar 2019
Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Tour - 8ppl Max
We had such a great time in this tour we wished we would have booked some other museum tours with Donna. She was very knowledgeable especially of the Art Museum. We would never have gotten so much out of it without her.
Outstanding tour! Megan was prompt, knowledgeable, professional, and personalized our tour. I would request her again.
Janet_M, Sep 2021
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
Megan’s knowledge of history and art made it a memorable experience. Her slides on her iPad were valuable additions.
Outstanding and informative
Julie_R, Aug 2021
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
I highly recommend this tour. Often our museum visits involve seeing a few famous works then we wander a bit aimlessly around, unsure what we should focus on, until everyone is tired. So, for our first post-pandemic vacation I opted to book a private National Gallery tour for myself, my spouse, and our 26 & 15 year old sons. Leigh did an incredible job. Pre-tour communication was excellent. She took us on a whirlwind tour of the gallery highlights, focusing on areas we had expressed interest in and introducing works and artists we knew nothing about. She integrated history, culture, trade, and anecdotes about artists and their subjects in a conversational way that was engaging and informative. The time flew and we enjoyed every minute. When your 15 year old son says that a 2.5 hour art gallery tour with his parents was "great" ... well, you know the guide is someone special. Many thanks, Leigh. Our visit with you to the National Gallery was the highlight of our vacation. Can't wait to return to learn about 20th century art!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The National Gallery of Art is a must-see for art aficionados.

  • Entrance to the museum is free.

  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the gallery.

  • There are a number of dining options within the museum, including outdoor and indoor cafés.

  • The gallery’s sculpture garden is a beautifully landscaped space with fountains and an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures.

  • The entire complex is accessible to wheelchair users; courtesy wheelchairs are available at the east and west entrances. Services and resources for visitors with vision and hearing impairments are available as well.

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How to Get There

The National Gallery of Art and its sculpture garden are located on the north side of the National Mall, between 3rd and 9th streets along Constitution Avenue. It is easily reached by metro—the nearest stop is Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter—and the Washington DC Circulator Bus on the National Mall route. Driving is not recommended, as parking in the area is extremely limited.

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When to Go

The gallery is open from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 6pm Sunday, with some holiday closures. It offers a variety of concert and lecture series throughout the year; check the website for a schedule. Washington DC can have extreme weather conditions, so aim to visit in spring or autumn for pleasant temperatures and colorful foliage.

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National Gallery of Art Family and Children’s Programs

The National Gallery of Art offers seasonal interactive, educational programs for families, kids, and teens. From Art Investigations, which help kids to use observations to analyze specific works of art, to hands-on studio workshops led by museum educators, there are programs suited to all ages. Check the website for registration details and timing.

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