National Gallery of Art Tours

Affiliated with but not a part of the Smithsonian, the National Gallery needs two buildings (connected by an underground tunnel) to house its stunning collections (more than 110,000 objects) of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the present. Kids love the walking escalator that traverses the two buildings and conveniently empties into the airy cafeteria where you can press your nose against the giant sheet of glass and look out onto a cascading waterfall.

The original neoclassical building, known as the West Building, exhibits primarily European works, from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century, including pieces by El Greco, Monet, and Cézanne. Don't miss the room full of Renoirs, including the famous Girl with a Hoop.

Across 4th Street NW, the angular East Building is where you'll find the Calder mobile along with other abstract and modern works. Across 7th Street from the West Wing sits the National Gallery Sculpture Garden, a beautifully landscaped park of open lawns, a pool with a spouting fountain, and 17 sculptures. In warm weather, people linger for lunch on the wide rim of the pool.

Practical Info

The National Gallery of Art is located on the north side of the National Mall, convenient to metro and bus stops. An information desk has a floor plan and a calendar of events. Allow at least 2 hours to tour the gallery, more for exploring other buildings.

The gallery has a number of dining options, including the sculpture garden's Pavilion Café. On Sunday evenings, October through June, the gallery hosts a popular concert series.

Location
Address: 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, National Mall, Washington D.C. 20565, USA
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Hours: Open Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 11am - 6pm
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Admission: Free
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

See Washington, DC’s best sites light up after dark on a 3-hour, nighttime tour of the National Mall and monuments. Listen to an entertaining narrated history of the capital city, then stop to explore the most important destinations, from moving tributes to America's 20th-century wars to inspiring presidential landmarks. Take in the White House and the U.S. Capitol building at their most picturesque and get the perfect orientation and overview of Washington, DC.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Renegade Group Tour of the National Gallery of Art

Get a fun, irreverent experience of Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art on a 2-hour ‘museum hack’ tour with an amazing guide. Spot the highlights of the museum’s world-class collection, but keep it high energy and subversive to beat museum fatigue and art overload. This is an unconventional tour of the National Gallery of Art and is not recommended for participants under 18.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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National Gallery of Art Small-Group Walking Tour

Explore one of the most famous museums in Washington, DC on this guided, 3-hour, small-group walking tour of the National Gallery of Art. See world-famous works by Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Jan Van Eyck, Johannes Vermeer, JMW Turner and many others. Spend time admiring Leonardo da Vinci’s only portrait in America, ‘Ginevra de' Benci.’ Discuss art history, philanthropy, material culture and object conservation with a local art historian and gain a better understanding of what goes into creating a national art collection.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small Group Guided Tour: DC National Mall and National Gallery of Art

Get an overview of the attractions around the National Mall and the National Gallery of Art on this 5-hour walking tour with a small group of 8 people or fewer. Enter the National Gallery of Art to see some of the world's most famous paintings and take a break halfway through the tour for lunch (own expense).
  • Duration: 300 to 330 minutes
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Private Guided Tour: The National Gallery of Art

Get more from your visit to the National Gallery of Art on this 2.5-hour private tour of the museum. Follow your guide through one of America’s only national collections of artwork produced by Renaissance artists, French Impressionists, and great American painters. See works from Claude Monet, Raphael, Gilbert Stuart, Vincent Van Gough, and Edgar Degas, as you learn what’s really behind the creation of some of these pieces.
  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs
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Small Group Guided Tour: The National Gallery of Art

With art that stretches from Renaissance masters to American icons, the National Gallery of Art is a Washington, DC museum that belongs on every art lovers’ itinerary, but the enormous collection can be overwhelming for first time visitors. See the best of the gallery with an expert guide on a 2.5-hour museum tour that explores the stories, techniques, and scandals behind the paintings.
  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs
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National Gallery of Art Renaissance to Impressionism Art Tour

Make the most of your time at the National Gallery of Art with a 2-hour tour that provides insights into the museum’s large collection. Learn from your guide about the stories, symbolism, and color choices in each piece. Expect to view about 40 artworks in this Washington DC institution, including paintings from the Impressionist and Renaissance periods. Admission to the museum is free.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Guided Tour of Washington DC

Explore the famous landmarks and monuments of Washington, DC on this guided, 3- or 6-hour, walking and riding sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the nation’s capital. Stop at the White House and the United States Capitol, plus the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and much more. The 6-hour tour features more than 30 sites with visits to at least 12. It’s a great way to see many of DC’s popular attractions.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour

Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this guided, 3-hour sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of an illuminated Washington Monument, the White House and many other landmark locations. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Washington DC Segway Tour

Embark on a trip through America’s past and present on this fascinating Segway tour of the Nation’s Capital. Glide past the city’s most iconic landmarks, monuments, and memorials. Along the way, enjoy fascinating narration that includes stories and information about each stop you’ll visit. This is a fun and unique way to see this historical city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Washington DC City Tour

Take in Washington, D.C.’s essential sights on a 3-hour tour in a comfortable vehicle with live commentary from an experienced guide. See the landmarks of the Washington political world, from the White House to the U.S. Capitol Building, and visit the city’s most important presidential and war memorials. Hear stories about Washington’s history and landmarks as you pass the FBI building, the Justice Department and the National Archives, with 15 minutes at each stop to explore with your guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
  • Duration: Flexible
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Super Saver Small Group Guided Tour: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History & National Gallery of Art

Visit two top DC museums on a small-group, guided tour that explores some of America's national treasures. With so much to see in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Art, it's easy to get overwhelmed, but visiting with a guide means you'll go straight to the most spectacular exhibits and artwork. Limited to 8 travelers to ensure personal service, this tour is a great way to learn the stories behind the museums as you see sparkling gems, masterpiece paintings, and more.
  • Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs
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  • Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs
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Washington DC Segway Night Tour

Glide through Washington, D.C. in the glow of the evening on this fabulous evening tour past some of the city’s most iconic monuments and memorials including The White House, the US Capitol Building, and the Washington Monument. Enjoy spectacular views of historic sites as they light the night sky. This is a truly unique way to see the city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Sites by Segway In Washington DC

Experience Washington DC like never before on this guided, 2.5-hour, small-group Segway tour. Learn about this history of the nation’s capital, and one of the most popular destinations in the US, while gliding around the city. See iconic landmarks like the United States Capitol, the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and many more — a perfect overview of the city for first-time visitors or anyone wanting to see the sites. Guided Segway training plus bottled water and snacks are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

This hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour includes three different loops with live commentary plus a night bus tour and admission to up to five total attractions. Use your 48-hour pass to explore memorials and monuments such as the US Capitol, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Choose entry to attractions including the International Spy Museum and Madame Tussauds, or select a full-day bike rental.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Hop-On Hop-Off Washington DC Bus Tour

Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this scenic hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit the monuments, memorials and landmark attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the United States Capitol and many more. Get to know the city in custom fashion with live and recorded onboard narration. Choose to upgrade to add entry to one attraction.
  • Duration: Flexible
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Private Guided Tour: DC National Mall and National Gallery of Art

Pack in tons of sights all in one day with this private, 5-hour tour of the National Mall and the National Gallery of Art. Make stops at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, White House, Korean War Veteran Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Afterward, head to the museum to see great works of art from artists, such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, and Picasso.
  • Duration: 300 to 330 minutes
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  • Duration: 300 to 330 minutes
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