The Gallery’s education division offers a variety of programming and resources for adult participants of all levels through lectures, seminars, gallery talks, tours, and studio art programs.
Listen to podcasts and watch video of artists, authors, filmmakers, musicians, and historians. The archive of programs dates back to 1941.
Free talks by museum educators and specialists focus on specific aspects of the Gallery's permanent collection or special exhibitions. These programs are geared to an adult audience.
Visit the Gallery for a front-row seat at panel discussions, conversations with artists, and other programs featuring distinguished guest speakers and staff.
Offered daily, free docent-led tours explore the permanent collection. In addition to scheduled tours, special appointment tours for groups of 20 or more can be arranged in advance.
Foreign Language Tours
Tours of the permanent collection are offered regularly, free of charge, in Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.
Food for Thought
Participate in a seminar-style luncheon discussion of art history and related readings led by museum educators. Free, but preregistration is required.
The Drawing Salon is a series of workshops focusing on works in the collection through observation, drawing, and discussion.
Come find inspiration in the Gallery’s permanent collection. Led by local writers, this series of workshops uses examination of works of art as a starting point for writing original pieces.
A series of conversations with artists focusing on how historical objects can inspire contemporary artistic practice.
Evenings at the Edge
Spend an evening with friends exploring the Gallery’s collection and special exhibitions and enjoying live music, theatrical performances, and films.
Free audio tours of the permanent collection may be picked up at the Acoustiguide desk located in the Rotunda, on the Main Floor of the West Building. Audio tours of special exhibitions, $5 per tour unless otherwise noted, are available for rental at the entrance to the exhibition. Learn more
Film and Music Programs
Foreign Language Tour Requests
Individuals and small groups may schedule special request tours, free of charge, in 13 different languages. Please contact Adult Programs three weeks in advance for an appointment. Call (202) 842-6247.
Special Request Tours
Free one-hour tours for groups of 20 or more adults may be requested three weeks to four months in advance. Call (202) 842-6247.
Volunteers make significant contributions to the many programs and public services offered by the National Gallery of Art. Potential volunteers should contact the departments in which they would like to offer assistance. Learn more