Schedule a Tour

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. Please provide as much detail as possible. Tours focus on the Gallery's permanent collection only.

Requests for winter/spring tours (January 5-May 29, 2015) will be accepted December 1, 2014-May 1, 2015. Please complete and submit this form at least four weeks in advance of the tour date you are requesting. Our schedule fills very quickly due to the volume of tour requests. Please indicate alternative dates on your form.


Tour Date

Please indicate your top three choices for dates and times.

School Information


Contact Information


Group Information

(Groups must contain at least 10 students)
(Minimum of one for every 10 students)

Chaperone Contact Information

Please provide the name and cell phone number of the adult who will be accompanying the students on their visit.


Additional Information


Important Information

  • Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance.
  • Requests for winter tours (January 5-May 29, 2015) will be accepted December 1, 2014-May 1, 2015.
  • Groups must contain at least 10 students.
  • Once your tour has been scheduled, you will receive a confirmation letter via mail in 10 business days.

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.


Tour groups must be accompanied by one adult chaperone for every 10 students. Chaperones must remain with the group at all times. It is the responsibility of chaperones to maintain orderly student behavior at the Gallery. Chaperone information cards outlining Gallery visitor policies will be distributed on the day of your tour or may be printed in advance.

Group Size

If the number of students in your group exceeds the number that we permit for your tour, you may consider scheduling:

  • the same tour at different times, same date;
  • different tour themes at the same time;
  • the same tour on different dates.


Our tour scheduler is available to answer questions on Monday through Wednesday between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. (September through May). Please contact her at (202) 842-6249

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about School Tours.