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National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art

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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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Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!
Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!
$80.00 per adult
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Best way to see the Washington DC monuments!
best way to see the monuments around DC. Small group, air conditioned bus, free water and our tour guide Monica was very knowledgeable too. Recommend this to everyone that wants a relaxed version of the monuments tour, and at sunset it is even more beautiful
Mark_K, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Excellent tour
IRMA_A, Jul 2021
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
Enjoyed personal tour very much!excellent guided tour in Washington DC. Highly recommend your while visiting Washington DC
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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!
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I would have still been wandering without Donna....
Jennifer_B, Jul 2021
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
Donna was our tour guide, she had incredible history and back stories on the art work...we learned so much in our time together (it became a little comical when people started following us around the museum trying to listen in on her insights). The museum is HUGE, we would have missed so much incredible art without Donnas guidance. Seriously, don't try and go this museum alone or you will miss out on some amazing art. Thanks Donna!!
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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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Excelent tour
Bill_W, Jun 2021
The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
Our tour guide was very knowlageble and we were able to view a great ramge of art within the time of the tour and had time after to view some of the pieces we were shown more closely.

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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