DC National Gallery of Art Museum Tour in Washington, DC

Babylon Tours DC601 Constitution Ave. NWWashington, DC 20565
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Overview

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.

2 to 8 people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • All visitors ages 2 and up, regardless of vaccination, are required to wear masks indoors.
  • The National Gallery of Art is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Free checkrooms are located at each entrance.
  • There is no public parking facility at the Gallery. Transportation options include the metrobus and metrorail, circulator bus, and capital bikeshare.
  • Accessible to all audiences.
  • Free maps of the gallery are available at all information desks.

Description

from DC National Gallery of Art Museum Tour
The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC stands as a world-class museum, showcasing a remarkable timeline of Western Art spanning from the old masters of the Renaissance to the quintessential personalities of the 20th Century. Artists like Raphael, Rembrandt, Renoir, Picasso, and Rothko, alongside Vigee le Brun, Cassatt, and O’Keeffe, are featured in this 2 to 2.5-hour semi-private guided museum tour that accommodates up to 8 guests. This curated experience unfolds within two extraordinary buildings.

Engaging guides lead a semi-private excursion for a maximum of 8 guests, unfolding the changes in history narrated by magnificent works of art – reflecting themes of money, power, war, hope, and triumph. From the intimacy of a da Vinci portrait to the sweeping landscapes of Monet and the bold strokes of a Kandinsky, the tour promises to captivate visitors with the vast holdings and the accompanying stories. Participants will appreciate both familiar names and hidden gems as passionate guides navigate them through notable highlights of technique and artwork spanning over the past seven centuries.

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Frequently Asked Questions about DC National Gallery of Art Museum Tour

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?

They 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. They 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, they 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?

They 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 protect works of art and preserve the 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 they 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.