DC National Gallery of Art Museum Tour in Washington, DC
601 Constitution Ave. NW • Washington, DC 20565
The permanent collection at the National Gallery includes over 150,000 sculptures, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photographs, and paintings. Collection exhibits do change, so there is always something new to see. Walking around you will surely be inspired by the hundreds of pieces of art. Whether you want to see art from the past, indulge in the present, or see what is to come in the future, each exhibit will make you feel like a part of the artists inspirational pieces. Make sure to visit the outdoor Sculpture Garden and grab a snack at one of the four cafés.
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Where is the Museum located?
The address of the Museum is 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565. The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are located at the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC.
When are the National Gallery Shops Open?
The Concourse Shop, the East Building Shop, and the West Building Shop, Ground Floor are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shops are closed December 25 and January 1.
Are there food options available?
Yes, you can purchase a meal or snack at one of four Gallery Cafés. Outside food may not be brought into the dining areas or galleries.
Is parking available?
We encourage public transportation. There is no public parking facility at the Gallery, though limited parking is set aside for vehicles bearing appropriate tags or placards for visitors with disabilities. Parking is available on surrounding streets and in commercial garages.
What is the policy on service animals?
Service dogs are permitted in the East and West Buildings as well as in the Sculpture Garden.
What is the accessibility at the museum?
The Gallery is committed to making its collection, buildings, and programs accessible to all audiences.
Visitors may borrow wheelchairs at all entrances on a first-come, first-served basis. All public spaces and facilities are accessible by elevator. If you require assistance, please ask a security officer. The 6th Street entrance to the West Building has a ramp to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers, and elevators at these entrances provide access to galleries and public areas.
Am I allowed to walk around the art in the Sculpture Garden?
The works of art in the Sculpture Garden are placed around a landscape of local vegetation. We ask that you stay on the paths to allow everyone to enjoy the art in a natural setting.
Which works of art, if any, can I sit on in the Sculpture Garden?
The Sculpture Garden serves millions of visitors a year and in order to keep the art safe, we ask that you please not touch any of the sculptures. You are encouraged to sit on the benches placed throughout the Sculpture Garden.
How close can I get to a work of art?
We take great care to ensure the safety and the availability of the art for all to enjoy. As such, please keep a distance of about two feet from the art. Some works of art have a limit line drawn around them, but most do not. This distance ensures that you or your personal belongings do not accidentally touch the art.
Is it okay to touch the art?
No, please do not touch works of art. Dirt, moisture, and other contaminants present on hands can stain or corrode the surfaces of artworks. Some works are more fragile than they appear, and even simple touching can cause permanent damage. Help us protect works of art and preserve our common heritage for future generations.
Can I use flash photography?
Photography for personal use, including flash, is permitted, except in special exhibitions and where specifically prohibited. Monopods and tripods are not permitted.
Is cell phone use allowed in the National Gallery?
Cellular phone use is allowed in the National Gallery of Art but we ask, in consideration of those around you, that you please not use audible functions of your cell phone or engage in a phone conversation while in the galleries.