National Gallery of Art - PROGRAM AND EVENTS
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Image: Claude Monet, Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers, 1880, Chester Dale Collection, 1963.10.181Image: Richard Serra, Five Plates, Two Poles, 1971, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation © 2001 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2001.27.1Image: Andrea del Castagno, David with the Head of Goliath, c. 1450/1455,  Widener Collection, 1942.9.8Image: Edgar Degas, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen - wax statuette, 1879-1881, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1999.80.28
Introductory Tours
1900 to Now: An Introduction to the East Building Collection
February 1–April 30
Weekdays at 11:30AM, 1:30PM
Weekends at 11:30AM, 3:30PM

Designed by I.M. Pei, with construction funds donated by members of the Mellon family and foundation, the East Building opened to the public in 1978 and is widely regarded as an architectural monument of the 20th century. Especially suited for displaying major contemporary art, its galleries and exhibition spaces feature such notable masters in the collection as Calder, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Pollock, and Rothko. Masterworks by these and other 20th-century painters and sculptors are highlights of each tour.

ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection
February 10 at 1:00PM
March 10 at 1:00PM

April 14 at 1:00PM

Tours of the collection are offered in American Sign Language (ASL) and also voice interpreted into English.

American Collection
February 2–April 30
Tue, Thu at 1:30PM
Weekends at 2:30PM

By tracing the history of American art from the colonial period through the early 20th century, this tour highlights artists, patrons, styles, newly emerging themes, and the historical circumstances that helped shape the nation's artistic identity. The Gallery's extensive collection of American art includes well-known works by Stuart, Copley, Cole, Bingham, Homer, Eakins, Twachtman, and Bellows.

Early Italian to Early Modern: An Introduction to the West Building Collection
February 1–April 30
Weekdays at 10:30AM, 3:30PM
Sat at 10:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM
Sun at 11:30AM, 4:30PM

The West Building, a gift of Andrew W. Mellon, opened to the public in 1941. Designed by John Russell Pope, the West Building displays European and American art from the 13th to the early 20th centuries. Masterpieces of Italian painting and sculpture, including the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Western Hemisphere, join works by the Dutch masters, French impressionists, and American artists. Major works by such influential artists as Bierstadt, Turner, Van Eyck, Goya, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Botticelli, Dürer, Grünewald, Cassatt, and Monet, among others, may be seen during the tour.

French Collection: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
February 1–April 30
Mon–Sat at 12:30PM
Sun at 3:30PM

In the 18th century, France was an absolute monarchy and the Académie des Beaux-Arts was the government's chief arbiter of taste. But in the 19th century, artists began painting for the open market and devising their own subject matter and innovative style. This tour reviews great works by France's neoclassical, romantic, and realist artists, ending with such impressionists and post-impressionists as Cézanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh.

Glimpses of 17th-Century Life
March 5–April 30
Tue at 11:30AM
Italian Renaissance Collection
February 2–April 30
Tue, Thu, Sat at 2:30PM
Sun at 1:30PM

Exploring the period from the early 13th to the late 16th century in Italy—from the late Middle Ages to the rebirth of interest in classical humanism—this tour focuses on culture and ideals. It traces the rise of scientific inquiry, geographic exploration, secular influences, and the individual through the art of such masters as Duccio, Leonardo, Verrocchio, Botticelli, Giorgione, Bellini, Raphael, and Titian.

Points of View: The Painter's Choices
February 1–April 29
Mon, Wed, Fri at 2:30PM

Artists make many decisions during the creative process. Some are made consciously and deliberately. Others erupt spontaneously while the artist works. By comparing such elements as color, line, composition, texture, and the degree of realism or abstraction an artist has employed, docents explore the way in which these choices affect the viewer's reactions to paintings in our collection. This wide-ranging tour may include surprising combinations of works chosen by the docent leading it.

The Sculpture Galleries
February 1–April 29
Mon, Wed, Fri at 1:30PM
Sat at 11:30AM
Sun at 12:30PM

Through an exploration of different styles, functions, materials, patronage, techniques, and subject matter, the newly designed and naturally lit sculpture galleries present a selection of three-dimensional works that date from the 12th to the 20th century. Terracottas by members of the Della Robbia family and others, marble carving by Bernini and Houdon, bronzes by Rodin, and rare wax figures by Degas are among the examples that may be seen during the tour.

The Sculpture Garden (weather permitting)
March 1–April 27
Fri at 12:30PM
Sat at 1:30PM

The National Gallery's Sculpture Garden was a gift from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and opened to the public in 1999. The landscaping of the 6.1-acre space provides a distinctive setting for major acquisitions of post–World War II sculpture by internationally renowned artists. With the Pavilion Café and reflecting pool and fountain—which become an ice-skating rink in the winter—the garden provides a unique venue for experiencing art. Works by Louise Bourgeois, Roy Lichtenstein, Sol LeWitt, and David Smith, among others, will be seen on the tour.

Foreign-Language Tours

Tours of the permanent collection are offered regularly, free of charge, in Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish. Individuals and small groups may schedule tours in these languages, as well as in Dutch, Hebrew, Hungarian, and Portuguese, by calling (202) 842-6247.

See also The Director's Tour: Highlights in Foreign Languages audio tour, the Foreign Language Visitor Guides, and Foreign Language Gallery Guides.


Belangstellenden en kleine groepen kunnen voor een gratis rondleiding door de vaste collectie een afspraak maken via telefoonnummer (202) 842-6247.

February 18 at 12:00PM
March 18 at 12:00PM
April 15 at 12:00PM

February 18 at 2:00PM
March 18 at 2:00PM
April 15 at 2:00PM
French tour of American art
February 4 at 12:00PM
March 4 at 12:00PM
April 1 at 12:00PM

Des visites guidées gratuites en français de la collection permanente sont offertes le premier et le troisième lundi de chaque mois. Des visites privées ou pour de petits groupes peuvent être organisées en appelant le (202) 842-6247.

February 19, 23 at 12:00PM
March 19, 23 at 12:00PM
April 16, 20 at 12:00PM

February 19, 23 at 2:00PM
March 19, 23 at 2:00PM
April 16, 20 at 2:00PM

Führungen der ständigen Sammlung finden gratis und regelmässig jeden dritten Dienstag und Samstag des Monats statt. Einzelpersonen und kleine Gruppen können unter (202) 842-6247 anrufen, um Führungen zu arrangieren.


סיורים של האוסף הקבוע ניתנים ללא תשלום. יחידים וקבוצות קטנות יכולים להתקשר להזמנת סיור בטלפון
(202) 842-6247


A "National Gallery" állandó gyűjteményének vezetett látogatása ingyenesen eszközölhető. Egyéni és csoportos látogatás előjegyzése a (202) 842-6247 telefonszámon érhető el.

February 12, 16 at 12:00PM
March 12, 16 at 12:00PM
April 9, 13 at 12:00PM

February 12, 16 at 2:00PM
March 12, 16 at 2:00PM
April 9, 13 at 2:00PM

Visite guidate gratis in italiano della collezione permanente, sono a disposizione regolarmente il martedi'ed il sabato della seconda settimana del mese. Singole persone e piccoli gruppi possono prenotare chiamando il numero (202) 842-6247.

February 7, 10, 20 at 12:00PM
March 7, 10, 20 at 12:00PM
April 14, 17 at 12:00PM

February 7, 10, 20 at 2:00PM
March 7, 10, 20 at 2:00PM
April 14, 17 at 2:00PM

常設展示作品の無料日本語ツアーは、定期的に第一木曜日、第二日曜日、および第三水曜日に行われています。また、個人や小グループのツアーの依頼は (202) 842-6247で受け付けています。

February 16 at 12:00PM
March 16 at 12:00PM
April 20 at 12:00PM

February 16 at 2:00PM
March 16 at 2:00PM
April 20 at 2:00PM

상설 전시 작품에 대한 한국어 투어가 매월 셋째 주 토요일 12시 정오(본관), 오후 2시(동관)에 무료로 제공됩니다. (갤러리 사정에 따라 둘째나 넷째 토요일이 될 수도 있으니 꼭 한국어 투어 스케줄을 확인하시기 바랍니다) 개인 및 소그룹이 원할 시 (202) 842-6247로 전화하여 특별 투어를 예약할 수 있습니다.

February 16 at 12:00PM
March 2, 17 at 12:00PM
April 6, 21 at 12:00PM

定期提供免費華語導覽,參觀永久收藏品。個人和小團體需安排導覽,請電 (202) 842-6247。
定期提供免费华语导览,参观永久收藏品。个人和小团体需安排导览,请电 (202) 842-6247。 

February 8 at 12:00PM
March 8 at 12:00PM
April 7 at 12:00PM

February 8 at 2:00PM
March 8 at 2:00PM
April 7 at 2:00PM

National Gallery of Art raz w miesiącu oferuje bezpłatne oprowadzanie po stałej kolekcji w języku polskim. Grupy i osoby prywatne mogą zamówić dodatkowe wycieczki pod numerem (202) 842 6247.


Grupos ou pessoas interessados em visitas gratuitas em português da coleção permanente devem agendá-las através do telefone (202) 842-6247.

February 9 at 12:00PM
March 9 at 12:00PM
April 13 at 12:00PM

February 9 at 2:00PM
March 9 at 2:00PM
April 13 at 2:00PM

Экскурсии по постоянной экспозиции организуются бесплатно и регулярно во вторую субботу каждого месяца. Индивидуальные посетители и небольшие группы могут заказать экскурсии по телефону (202) 842-6247.

February 2, 14 at 12:00PM
March 2, 14 at 12:00PM
April 6, 11 at 12:00PM

February 2, 14 at 2:00PM
March 2, 14 at 2:00PM
April 6, 11 at 2:00PM

Visitas guiadas de la colección permanente, se ofrecen gratuitamente en español el primer martes, segundo jueves, segundo sábado y cuarto viernes del mes. Visitas guiadas individuales o para pequeños grupos pueden ser organizadas llamando al teléfono (202) 842-6247.

Spanish tour of American art
February 22 at 12:00PM
March 22 at 12:00PM
April 26 at 12:00PM

Visitas guiadas de la colección permanente, se ofrecen gratuitamente en español el primer martes, segundo jueves, segundo sábado y cuarto viernes del mes. Visitas guiadas individuales o para pequeños grupos pueden ser organizadas llamando al teléfono (202) 842-6247.

Picture This!

This tour makes the collections more accessible to adult visitors with visual impairments. The basic teaching methodology employed is called intensive verbal description, although some tours may include tactile elements. Call (202) 842-6185.

Picture This: Old Master Paintings for People with Visual Impairments
February 27 at 1:00PM
March 27 at 1:00PM
April 24 at 1:00PM
(50 minutes)
Group Tours

Free one-hour tours for groups of 20 or more adults may be booked three weeks to four months in advance. Call (202) 842-6247.

Special Appointment

Sign language interpreters and guides for visitors who are blind or have low vision are available for tours of the permanent collection as well as for special exhibitions. Please call (202) 842-6247 or the Gallery's Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (202) 842-6176 three weeks in advance for an appointment. Special headphones, which deliver full-frequency digital audio sound in a lightweight design, are available. Printed scripts of all recorded tours are available for visitors who have hearing impairments, and free large-print brochures are available at the entrances to some of the special exhibitions. For more information, please visit our accessibility page.