School Tours

Students encounter original works of art on 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 they will discover that questions seldom have a single answer and 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.

Requests for winter tours (January 6–June 6, 2014) will be accepted through May 2, 2014.

Tour request form

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.

Pre-Visit Information

Watch a video or download a presentation (PPT, 4MB) to show your students prior to their visit. Review our 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 between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. (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.