School Tours

Students will encounter original works of art on docent-led tours that complement and enhance classroom learning. They will take time to look carefully, ask questions, and develop their own interpretations. Through open-ended discussion students will discover that art can possess multiple layers of meaning. Their shared endeavor, in which all voices are valued, becomes a powerful learning experience that will be memorable and meaningful.

Schedule a Tour

Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Groups must contain at least 15 students.

Please complete this form to request a tour.

Once your tour has been scheduled, you will receive a confirmation letter via mail in 10 business days (14 days for Spanish-language tours).

Cancel or Change a Tour

To cancel or change a tour, please call (202) 842-6249 as soon as possible.

Title I Bus Stipends

Funding for the cost of bus transportation is available for Title I schools that participate in docent-led school tours at the National Gallery of Art. For more information, please contact Deirdre Palmer at d-palmer@nga.gov or (202) 842-6880 or use the application form.

Pre-Visit Information

Watch a video (grades 1-4) or download a presentation (grades 4-12) (PPT, 4MB) to show your students what to expect on their tour. Please review museum policies, location, parking, accessibility, security, lunch options, and other important visitor information.

Self-Guided Groups

Teachers are welcome to guide their students through the museum independently. Please complete the self-guided group form at least four weeks prior to your visit. You will receive a poster for your classroom before your visit.

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Questions

Our tour scheduler, Jennifer Cross, is available to answer questions Monday through Wednesday (September through May). Please contact her at (202) 842-6249 or schooltourrequests@nga.gov.

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about School Tours.

Feedback

We greatly value your feedback about your school tour experience. Please submit this form to share your feedback.