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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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  • Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
With an art historian as your guide, take a three-hour small-group tour of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. In a group of no more than six people, see some of the gallery’s most prized and adored works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Jan van Eyck and JMW Turner. Touring this famous DC attraction with an art historian/ expert guide, instead of on your own, will enrich your experience as you not only learn about the well-known masterpieces, but discover hidden gems along the way.

Highlights

  • Small-group walking tour of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC
  • Tour the gallery's West Building with an art historian/ expert guide in a group limited to six people
  • See some of the National Gallery's most prized works by notable artists like Leonardo da Vinci
  • Learn about early 20th-century art and philanthropy
  • Understand what goes into creating a national art collection

What You Can Expect

National Gallery of Art Small-Group Walking Tour

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

On this small-group art tour limited to six people, see some of the most outstanding works in the history of Western art – works cited repeatedly as the pinnacles of beauty and talent. As you follow your art historian/ expert guide through the National Gallery of Art’s West Building in Washington DC, admire everything from 17th-century Dutch and Flemish still lifes and portraits to boxing rings and gritty urban settings created by American realists of the 19th century. The Gallery’s West building is home to many famous works of art, such as the only Leonardo da Vinci piece in the Americas - Ginevra de' Benci or Claude Monet's The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil.

Touring the gallery with an art historian/ expert guide provides you with unique perspectives on the art, as well as an understanding about what it takes to create a national collection and how this collection has evolved over 70 years. Learn about the philanthropy of the arts in the early 20th century, and see portraits of the gallery’s earliest benefactors. These generous individuals had vision – the vision to bring to the United States a prominent collection comparable to other national collections at the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in London. Decide for yourself if that vision was achieved!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Our tour guide, Abram Fox, is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He brings insight and interest to what might have appeared "only" to be paint on canvases. He provided a historical timeline for the art we viewed, presenting it in an evolutionary manner that completely added to our enjoyment.

This is definitely the way to see an art gallery.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This was a great tour. We recommend it highly. Our guide is an art history PhD candidate, made the tour very informative and entertaining for my 12 year old grandson, and learned a lot of new things.

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