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National Gallery of Art Tours

National Gallery of Art
Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art was established in 1937 after then secretary of the treasury, Andrew Mellon, gave his sizable art collection—and funds for a museum to house them—to the American people. Today, two buildings house more than 110,000 objects in permanent and loan collections, temporary exhibits, and a sculpture garden.

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.

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.

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.
 
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.

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.
Address: 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, National Mall, Washington D.C. 20565, USA
Admission: Free
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21 Tours and Activities to Experience National Gallery of Art

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Classical Big Art Tour

Classical Big Art Tour

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Make the most of your time at the National Gallery of Art with a 2-hour tour that provides insights into the museum’s large collection. Learn from your guide about the stories, symbolism, and color choices in each piece. Expect to view about 40 artworks in this Washington DC institution, including paintings from the Impressionist and Renaissance periods. Admission to the museum is free.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.99
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$39.99
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Washington DC Night Tour with Transportation

Washington DC Night Tour with Transportation

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Washington DC’s monuments and landmarks light up after dark, perfect for dramatic views and memorable photos of the capital city. Explore the sights from the National Mall to the White House and key memorials as your guide provides informative narration about each site. Hop off at select sights to get an up-close look with your small-group and guide. This tour includes transport between locations.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.65
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$61.65
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Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

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See Washington, DC’s best sites light up after dark on a 3-hour, nighttime tour of the National Mall and monuments. Listen to an entertaining narrated history of the capital city, then stop to explore the most important destinations, from moving tributes to America's 20th-century wars to inspiring presidential landmarks. Take in the White House and the U.S. Capitol building at their most picturesque and get the perfect orientation and overview of Washington, DC.
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  • 3 hours
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$56.00
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$56.00

The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour

The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour

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Get more from your visit to the National Gallery of Art on this private tour of the museum. Follow your guide through one of America’s only national collections of artwork produced by Renaissance artists, French Impressionists, and great American painters. See works from Claude Monet, Raphael, Gilbert Stuart, Vincent Van Gogh, and Edgar Degas, as you learn what’s really behind the creation of some of these pieces.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.50
Price varies by group size
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$79.50
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The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - 8ppl Max

The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - 8ppl Max

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With art that stretches from Renaissance masters to American icons, the National Gallery of Art is a Washington, DC museum that belongs on every art lovers’ itinerary, but the enormous collection can be overwhelming for first time visitors. See the best of the gallery with an expert guide on a 2.5-hour museum tour that explores the stories, techniques, and scandals behind the paintings.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.50
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Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Tour - 8ppl Max

Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Tour - 8ppl Max

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Visit two top DC museums on a small-group, guided tour that explores some of America's national treasures. With so much to see in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Art, it's easy to get overwhelmed, but visiting with a guide means you'll go straight to the most spectacular exhibits and artwork. Limited to 8 travelers to ensure personal service, this tour is a great way to learn the stories behind the museums as you see sparkling gems, masterpiece paintings, and more.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$143.10
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$143.10
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Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

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Washington DC is full of historical sites and while it’s easy to explore on foot or by bus, this 2-wheel tour option gives travelers access to some of the city’s most popular landmarks. Check out the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Supreme Court and the Capitol on this Capital Sites Bike Tour. Your friendly guide shares plenty of history, facts, and city knowledge on this easy bike ride through the nation’s capital.
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  • 3 hours
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$46.00
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$46.00

Sites by Segway In Washington DC

Sites by Segway In Washington DC

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Experience Washington DC like never before on this guided small-group Segway tour. Learn about the history of the nation’s capital, and one of the most popular destinations in the US, while gliding around the city. See iconic landmarks like the United States Capitol, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and many more—a perfect overview of the city for first-time visitors or anyone wanting to see the sites. Guided Segway training plus bottled water and snacks are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.00
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$66.00

Private Walking Tour of the National Gallery of Art

Private Walking Tour of the National Gallery of Art

Since the National Gallery of Art first opened in 1937 its collection tracing Western art from the Middle Ages to the present day has won great international acclaim. Composed of works by the greatest artists of all time, all the gallery’s artifacts have been gifted, many by American financier and former Ambassador to the UK, Andrew W Mellon. Today this glorious art trove is brimming with Raphael, Rubens, El Greco, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol. Leonard da Vinci’s Ginevra de’ Benci - dubbed Washington’s “Mona Lisa” - is also notable as the only da Vinci in all the Americas on public display. Your absorbing Private National Gallery of Art Tour is led by a respected historian to provide a rich and immersive 2.5-hour experience. As you move through the galleries, consider why certain styles proliferated at certain times, and explore the impact of the socio-political climate on artistic expression.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$229.94
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$229.94
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DC Mall & National Gallery of Art Guided Walking Guided Tour - Private Tour

DC Mall & National Gallery of Art Guided Walking Guided Tour - Private Tour

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Pack in tons of sights all in one day with this private, 5-hour tour of the National Mall and the National Gallery of Art. Make stops at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, White House, Korean War Veteran Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Afterward, head to the museum to see great works of art from artists, such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, and Picasso.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.10
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$143.10
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DC Mall & National Gallery of Art Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl Max

DC Mall & National Gallery of Art Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl Max

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Get an overview of the attractions around the National Mall and the National Gallery of Art on this small-group walking tour with a group of eight people or fewer. Enter the National Gallery of Art to see some of the world's most famous paintings and take a break halfway through the tour for lunch (own expense).
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.10
Price varies by group size
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$143.10
Price varies by group size
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Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour - Private Tour

Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour - Private Tour

The massive size of Washington DC’s Museum of Natural History and National Gallery of Art can be easily overwhelming. Going with a guide ensures you see both key highlights and hidden gems at each museum, as well as learn about the artists’ techniques, intentions, and even scandals. During your private tour, enjoy the full attention of your guide and ample time to ask questions.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.10
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$143.10
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Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$780.28
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$780.28
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Washington DC Museums - National Mall East Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Washington DC Museums - National Mall East Tourist Scavenger Hunt

This Tourist Scavenger Hunt takes you through the Eastern part of the National Mall where Washington's Museums are located. There are a few side trips to see various interesting things you're expecting to see, and other things you didn't know where there. It takes 2-3 hours to complete, do it whenever you wish - you select your own date and start time, no scheduling or reservation needed. 20+ challenges, games and enigmas to solve as you walk through this historic neighborhood.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.57
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$35.57
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Online|Live French Impressionism Art Tour

Online|Live French Impressionism Art Tour

This tour is the one-hour version of our in-person two-hour tour of the French Impressionism collection at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. All paintings and statues that your guide shows you are on display at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. We hope with this sample you will learn more about our beloved National Gallery of Art French Impressionism collection.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Impressionism Art Tour at National Gallery of Art

Impressionism Art Tour at National Gallery of Art

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Discover the origins of modern art on this tour of the National Gallery of Art Impressionism Collection. A professional art historian guide leads you through one of the world’s leading collections of impressionist art, which features both household names like Monet as well as lesser-known painters. As you walk through the gallery, hear tales of the artists’ personal lives, technological advancements in paintings, and how Impressionism revolutionized the art world.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.99
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$39.99
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Madams of DC Walking Tour

Madams of DC Walking Tour

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The Madams in DC tour gives you a perspective of DC's history that you won't hear anywhere else. The Civil War completely transformed the Capital, and turned Pennsylvania Avenue into a red light district main street lined with bawdy houses, taverns, theaters, and commercial ventures. Hard to imagine, now that it's lined with monolithic government buildings! You'll learn about how the women who worked in these brothels made their way in life, and even had an impact on affairs of government.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00
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Private Washington DC Day or Night Tour up to 11 Guests

Private Washington DC Day or Night Tour up to 11 Guests

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This Private Washington DC Tour can accommodate up to 11 and includes transportation from site to site, professional guide, and hotel pick up and drop off. During your tour, your guide share the history of the city and details for each of the sites that you choose to visit. This tour starts off heading to the East Side of the National Mall for your first stop at the United States Capitol Building (15 - 20 min stop). Then you will take the Presidential Inauguration route down Pennsylvania Avenue to your next stop White House (5 - 10 min stop). Travel to the center of the National Mall and visit the World War II Memorial (15 - 25 min stop) and the Washington Monument (10 - 20 min stop). Head over to the Tidal Basin and see the Jefferson Memorial (20 min stop) and Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial (15 min stop). Travel to the West Side of the National Mall and visit Lincoln Memorial (20 min stop), Korean War Veterans Memorial (15 min stop), and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (15 min stop).
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$450.00
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$450.00
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Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour

Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour

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Take a stroll along America’s ‘front yard’ during this guided, small-group walking tour of the museums of the National Mall in Washington, DC. Go on a walk on the east side of the National Mall, between the United States Capitol Building and the Washington Monument, with a historian guide, and learn about the design and stories behind each museum. This tour also includes admission to the Smithsonian Castle.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Capitol Hill Walking Tour With National Archives Entry

Capitol Hill Walking Tour With National Archives Entry

Take a walking tour of the historic grounds of Capitol Hill and explore the foundation of the American government with an expert local tour guide. Your experience begins at the illustrious Neptune Fountain where you will meet your tour guide before taking a very short walk to the Supreme Court of the United States. Enter the Library of Congress to observe its stunning interior-architecture and learn about its historic collection of books, exhibits, and documents. Next, you will proceed to the United States Capitol Visitor Center to enjoy a guided walk through the US Capitol Building. See the Crypt, Statuary Hall, and the remarkable Rotunda located within its famous dome. Enjoy a nice walk to the National Gallery of Art where your guide will provide details of the building and its history. Your tour will conclude at the National Archives where you will have reserved access to see the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and much more at your leisure.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

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This hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour includes three different loops with live commentary plus a night bus tour and admission to up to five total attractions. Use your 48-hour pass to explore memorials and monuments such as the US Capitol, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Choose entry to attractions including the International Spy Museum and Madame Tussauds, or select a full-day bike rental.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00

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Currently, an entrance ticket to National Gallery of Art costs USD 39.99. Guided National Gallery of Art tours start around USD 39.99 per person. See all 21 National Gallery of Art tickets and tours on Viator.
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