A Private Walking Tour of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

Travel CuriousNational Gallery Building at 6th St and Constitution Ave NWWashington, DC 20565
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Overview

Have an adventure through the prestigious National Gallery of Art in Washington DC with an expert historian and multitudes of paintings for you to appreciate! The museum has one of the most expensive collections in the world, and guests on this tour will see art dating from the medieval period through the 1800’s, and even paintings from the 20th Century.

up to 2.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • Appreciate the beauty of art on this National Gallery of Art walking tour!
  • This entire tour takes up approximately 2.5 hours in duration.
  • Tour is suitable for the artistically inclined and culture vultures of all ages.
  • Food, drinks and gratuities are not included on this tour.
  • Large bags, particular items, food, and drink are not allowed inside the premise.
  • Entire museum is wheelchair accessible.
  • This is an exclusive guided walking tour.

Description

from A Private Walking Tour of The National Gallery of Art
Discover the awe-inspiring grandeur and vast collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C with an expert private guide. With over 4000 paintings, 31,000 drawings and 3000 sculptures dating from the Medieval and Renaissance era to the legendary artists of the twentieth century, the National Gallery of Art has something for all art lovers.

On your private tour, you will explore the West and East Buildings. The neo-classical West Building houses the older collections from the Renaissance to the Impressionists. See the only painting by Da Vinci on display in the Americas, and works by luminaries such as Raphael and Titian. You’ll be able to stop at Monet’s Japanese Bridge, works by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cassatt and many others.

Linked by a subterranean starry concourse, the East Building designed by the architect I. M. Pei, who also designed the Louvre in Paris, is home to the more contemporary collections, from Kandinsky to Pollock. End in the beautiful sculpture garden.

  • Enjoy the personalized attention of your expert private guide.
  • Discover the magnificent National Gallery of Art with its vast collection of thousands of paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, and immersive exhibitions.
  • Explore the West and East Buildings which house the collections dating from the medieval and Renaissance period, through to the renowned artists of the twentieth century.
  • See the only work by Leonardo da Vinci on display in the Americas.
  • Admire Raphael, Titian and Fra Angelico, before heading towards the Dutch Golden age of Vermeer, Rembrandt and van Eyk.
  • Wander the contemporary collection in the East Building with works by Kandinsky, Pollock, Picasso, Dali, and so many more.
  • Walk on the subterranean starry concourse called ‘the Multiverse’ that links the two buildings.
  • End your immersive tour in the lovely surroundings of the sculpture garden created in 1999.
  • Say goodbye to your guide and enjoy the gallery, gift shop and café at your leisure.

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Frequently Asked Questions about A Private Walking Tour of The National Gallery of Art

Where is the meeting point for this Travel Curious tour?

You will be meeting your guide for the Private Walking Tour of The National Gallery of Art between the flagpoles by the entrance to the National Gallery Building at 6th St and Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC 20565, or as advised on your e-ticket. Please be at the location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is this Travel Curious tour?

The entire The National Gallery of Art tour is approximately 2.5 hours long.

What is included in the tour package?

You will be given a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. This tour is suitable for the artistically inclined and culture vultures people of all ages. Their tours are all given in English, but numerous guides may speak other languages. Please contact the number provided on the e-ticket to see if they can accommodate any special requests!

What areas will we be on the tour?

You will be seeing and touring the following areas of the The National Gallery of Art: (1) The history of the entire building and its neo-classical design (2) The East and West wings of the building, which houses multitudes of historic, contemporary and modern art. (3) The beautiful sprawling sculpture garden where art meets nature.

Is transportation included?

This is a family-friendly, guided walking tour. Transportation is not included in the The National Gallery of Art tour.

Is parking provided?

There is no public parking facility at the National Gallery, though limited parking is set aside for visitors with disabilities whose vehicles have the appropriate tags or placards.. Some of which are the 270 6th St. NW Lot, the 202 7th St. NW Lot, and the 601 Pennsylvania Ave, all of which charge according to length of stay, time of the day, and day of the week. You can also contact the phone number on your e-ticket to ask for advise on how to get to the departure point via car or public transport.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages. All guests must be at moderate physical fitness as the majority of the The National Gallery of Art tour will be spent walking and on your feet!

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for any other purchases or gratuities(optional)!

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing on this Travel Curious tour. Wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes is recommended. Items larger than 17 × 26 inches (43 × 66 centimeters) are not permitted in the checkrooms or galleries. Visitors must either keep water bottles and umbrellas concealed or contained at all times. Visitors must check luggage, oversized bags, and any other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in the galleries. No food, drink, monopods, tripods, and selfie sticks allowed inside the premise.

How many people are on a tour?

This is a private walking tour and your group! All of their private tours are 100% exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.

Can I bring my pet inside the museum?

Only service animals are allowed.

Is the The National Gallery of Art wheelchair/stroller accessible?

Yes. Visitors may borrow wheelchairs at all entrances on a first-come, first-served basis for use within the East and West Buildings. Strollers are also available at all National Gallery entrances on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are always welcome to bring their own. All public spaces and facilities are accessible by elevator.