Accessibility

This page contains information about free accessible programs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who are blind or have low vision. Information about planning your visit can also be found below. 

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For visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing

ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection

Tours of the West and East Building collections are offered in American Sign Language (ASL), with voice interpretation into English, the second Sunday of each month at 1 pm.

For more information, including specific dates, meeting places, and tour content, please visit the ASL tours page.  

Art for ASL Learners Tours

A tour designed specifically for students learning ASL. Groups (minimum 10 participants) join a guide for a 60-minute tour and discussion led entirely in ASL. A voice interpreter can be provided upon request. Offered by appointment only. Please contact asl@nga.gov to book a tour.

ASL Video Tour

Discover 26 essential works in the collection of the National Gallery of Art through a video tour conducted in ASL. The tour is available on all Gallery Acoustiguide devices, which may be borrowed free of charge at the Acoustiguide desk in the West Building Rotunda. Printed instructions for borrowing and using the devices are also available.

The ASL videos are also available online.

Tours by request

ASL interpreted tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing are available upon request. To make an appointment, please call (202) 842-6905 or e-mail access@nga.gov three weeks in advance.

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Assistive Listening Devices

Auditoriums are equipped with listening enhancement systems. The receivers and neck loops necessary to access these systems can be borrowed from the information desks in the East Building (ground floor) or West Building (6th Street and Constitution Avenue) for use in the East Building Large Auditorium, East Building Small Auditorium, or West Building Lecture Hall (WBLH).

Portable assistive listening devices

Assistive listening devices are also available for use on any public program with three weeks’ advance notice. Contact 202-842-6905 or access@nga.gov.

Headphones

Large headphones that deliver full-frequency, amplified digital audio in a lightweight design are offered at the Acoustiguide desk in the West Building Rotunda.

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Closed Captioning

Website

All videos on the Gallery’s website can be played with closed captions.

In the Gallery

Films shown in conjunction with special exhibitions are closed-captioned. A closed-caption button is located at the entrance to every film viewing space within special exhibitions. A closed-caption button is also located at the entrance to the East Building Small Auditorium for all films related to special exhibitions.

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Transcripts

The Gallery offers printed scripts of all Acoustiguide tours.

Transcripts of The Director’s Tour, the Family Audio Guide, and French Galleries Tour are available at the Acoustiguide desk in the West Building Rotunda.

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For visitors who are blind or have low vision

Picture This: Tours for People with Low Vision and Who Are Blind

Tours with an emphasis on verbal description of the West Building permanent collections are offered on the fourth Wednesday and fourth Saturday of every month at 1 pm.

For more information, including specific dates, meeting places, and tour content, please visit the Accessible Programs page.  

Tours by request

Interpreted tours with a focus on verbal descriptions for visitors who are blind or partially sighted are available upon request for tours of the permanent collection as well as for special exhibitions. To make an appointment, please call (202) 842-6905 three weeks in advance.

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Audio Described Films

Please check the current film calendar for information about upcoming audio described films.

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Large Print

The Gallery offers free large-print brochures at the entrance to some of the special exhibitions. Large print transcripts of audio tours (The Director’s Tour, the Family Audio Guide, and French Galleries Tour) are also available at the Acoustiguide desk in the West Building Rotunda.

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Braille Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs)

A braille ATM is available near the Concourse Book Shop. An ATM near the West Building Gift Shop also fully complies with regulations defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. This ATM has Braille as well as audio enhancements with voice guidance.

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Planning Your Visit

Arriving and Parking

The Gallery has two entrances with ramps:

     • West Building: Constitution Avenue at 6th Street
     • East Building: 4th Street

Visitors with vehicles displaying disability tags or placards may park in the following locations:

• West Building 4th Street entrance plaza. A uniformed officer will assist you in parking there.

• West Building Mall entrance on Madison Drive (two marked spaces).

• Sculpture Garden on Madison Drive between 7th and 9th Streets (three marked spaces).

Please see the security officer stationed outside the West Building on the 4th Street plaza if you need assistance finding an accessible parking space.

Wheelchair and Stroller Availability and Accessibility

Wheelchairs and strollers are available on a first-come, first-served basis at all entrances. All public exhibition spaces and public facilities in the museum are accessible by elevator. Elevator use by visitors with disabilities may require assistance.

Getting Around

The Gallery's free Map and Visitors Guide lists all accommodations, including accessible restrooms, and is available at any information desk in the museum. Museum and Sculpture Garden plans may also be viewed online.

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, located between 7th and 9th Streets NW on the Mall, is wheelchair-accessible. Accessible restrooms are available at the Pavilion Café.

Further Information

For further information or assistance, please call (202) 842-6905 Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or e-mail access@nga.gov.

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Admission is Always Free

The National Gallery of Art is free to all visitors and tickets or passes are not required.

Today at the Gallery

Find out what is happening today at the National Gallery. Admission is free to the Gallery and all events.

Today's Events

Exhibitions

What's on View

During construction East Building galleries that usually display art to the public are closed. Learn more about the renovation at the National Gallery of Art.

Hours & Location

The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets NW along Constitution Avenue NW.

Gallery Hours
Monday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Closed
December 25 and January 1

Address
Location
6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC

GPS Location (latitude, longitude): 38.892092,-77.019973

Mailing
2000B South Club Drive, Landover, MD 20785

About the Gallery

The National Gallery of Art was conceived, founded, and given to the people of the United States by Andrew Mellon.
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Public Wifi

The NGA provides wireless internet service to any visitor who is at least 18 years old, or at least 13 years old with permission from his or her parent or guardian. The visitor must supply his or her own device to connect to NGA Public Wi-Fi.
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Calendar

Discover gallery talks, family activities, concerts, rare films, and other exciting events.
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Contact Us

Exhibition and General Information

For information call (202) 737-4215
Accessibility Information: (202) 842-6690Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) (202) 842-6176.
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