Gifts of Art FAQs

Q: Does the National Gallery accept gifts of works of art?

A: Yes. The Gallery seeks works of art that fit into its permanent collection of American and European paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs—dating from the late Middle Ages to the present day. Please see the Gifts of Art section of the website for more information.

Q: How do I determine the value or authenticity of a work of art I own?

A: The National Gallery of Art does not provide monetary information on any work of art.

It may be possible, however, to find information online by using a web search engine and including some of the following terms:

  • art appraisal
  • fine art auction
  • auction
  • auction results
  • art market
  • art price

Q: How can I have a work of art evaluated, authenticated, or appraised?

A: The Gallery does not evaluate, authenticate, or appraise works of art. The Appraisers Association of America is a good resource for such inquiries.

Q: Can I pay for membership in the Circle with a gift of art?

A: No. Membership in The Circle can be paid through gifts of cash or securities. Please click here for more information about the different levels of giving.