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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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The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
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The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
$94.34 per adult
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Doug was AMAZING! My very skeptical 16 year old ended up LOVING an art museum and I give all credit to DOUG’s expertise. He made sure my parents (70s) could hear everything.
Rachel_R, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Worth the cost.
courtneydgaskins, May 2022
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
Enjoy our guide. Great story teller and clearly has a knowledge of art and the history of the museum. Covered a great deal in 2 hours.
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Richard was the best!
Kathleen_T, May 2022
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
Richard was a fantastic guide! We loved that he picked out highlights as well as less-well-known but interesting pieces. He was super knowledgeable and fun! Highly recommended.
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Meghan Magic
Shawn_J, Mar 2022
Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour - Private Tour
Meghan was very thoughtful to offer a wheelchair for our special needs son and was simply the smartest tour guide ever. She made me very minute of the tour interesting with her fascinating stories and high energy, which kept even our 3 boys glued to her. So worth the money not to wander aimlessly for hours on our own.
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these tours are five-star!
Anne_D, Mar 2022
Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Tour - 8ppl Max
both our guides, meghan and richard, were excellent. i was so glad i paid the money for a semi-private tour of the museum and national gallery. my granddaughter and i enjoyed every minute of the tours. my only recommendation is that more time be allotted to lunch. we practically had to inhale our sandwiches!
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Memorable tour and beautiful museum
Bruce_Z, Feb 2022
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - 8ppl Max
Our tour guide Meaghan was excellent! Very knowledgeable, passionate and entertaining . We would recommend her highly
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marlene_S, May 2022
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
Well informed tour of National gallery- brings it to life ! Would recommend! Go during the week if possible.
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Educational and entertaining
Lemmon_M, Jan 2022
Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour - Private Tour
Very educational and entertaining tour with our tour guide Megan. She was able to allow us to see a wide variety of the museum that really captured it’s essence.
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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.
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Very informative and enjoyable!
James_B, May 2022
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
Our guide provided fascinating history about the museum’s famous works. She also took us to the most important works.
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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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