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.

Special Request Tours

We are happy to work with you to customize a tour that meets the needs of your class or create a tour that closely connects to your curriculum.

Spanish-Language Tour

Tours of the permanent collection conducted in Spanish by fluent speakers are intended for advanced high school language students.

Homeschool Program: Many Stories: Many Voices

Join us on December 2, 2015, for Many Stories: Many Voices, a new program designed especially for homeschool families with children ages 5 to 14.

Schedule a Tour

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

Requests for Fall tours are no longer being accepted.

Requests for Winter/Spring tours (January 4 through June 3, 2016) will begin on December 1, 2015 through May 6, 2016.

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

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about School Tours.


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