Washington D.C., District of Columbia
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3 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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.
  • 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
Get up close and personal with some of the National Gallery of Art’s most prized collections — and uncover some hidden gems along the way — on this comprehensive 3-hour art tour.

The National Gallery of Art opened its doors in 1941 as a museum devoted to the people of the United States. Its founder, financier and art collector Andrew W. Mellon, believed the nation deserved a collection that was open and free to the public — one that could hold its own with the greatest art collections in the world.

Follow an art historian guide through the NGA’s West Building, looking at some of the earliest masterworks in the 13th- and 14th-century Italian galleries. Then explore everything from Dutch and Flemish paintings of the 17th century to American and British paintings of the 19th century. 

See world-famous works by Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Jan Van Eyck, Johannes Vermeer, JMW Turner and many others. And spend time admiring Leonardo da Vinci’s only portrait in America, an oil-on-wood painting of the 15th-century Florentine aristocrat Ginevra de’ Benci.

Develop active “looking” skills and learn to think like an artist. Learn about the development of major genres of western art like portraiture, still-life and landscapes, and discuss national art schools like London’s Royal Academy, Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and New York’s National Academy of Design.


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, Dec 2017

The guide was knowledgeable and very pleasant. She gave us an overview of the collection from a historical perspective. The art was breathtaking including the only DaVinci portrait in the Western Hemisphere and a grand selection of Manet, Monet and van Gogh. We saw how Cezanne was the precursor to Cubism and the impact of photography on art.
We could never have seen so much on our own! Thank you!

, Nov 2016

Amazing. What we learnt, wow. Highly recommended.

, Oct 2015

Absolutely incredible! Knowledgeable guide and personal service... A must do if you are interested in art! A Context Travel tour like this will keep us looking forward to more.

, Jun 2015

The guide was the best. I had studied various painting prior to trip. The guide who has a PhDs in art made this 3 hour your seem like an hour. Benjamin deserves praise

, Apr 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.

, Mar 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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