Ice Rink

The 2015–2016 ice-skating season begins November 14 and continues through March 13, weather permitting. Experience ice-skating in the Sculpture Garden while surrounded by large-scale sculptures by contemporary artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Tony Smith, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, and others. 

Ice Rink Hours and Fees


Monday–Thursday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Please note the ice rink will be closed when it rains or when the temperature dips below 20°F. For the current status, please call (202) 216-9397.

During evening ice-skating hours, when the National Gallery of Art is closed to the public, the surrounding Sculpture Garden is also closed. Access to the ice-skating rink and Pavilion Café during these times is restricted to the Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive entrances at 9th Street.

Admission (two-hour sessions, beginning on the hour):

$8.50 for adults
$7.50 for skaters age 50 and over,
children 12 and under, and
students with a valid school ID
$195.00 season pass

Skate and Locker Rentals

Skate rental $3.00 (ID required)
Locker rental $0.50 ($5 deposit required)

Classes, Registration, Schedule, and Fees

This season, Guest Services offers classes for all ages, taught by a team of instructors directected by Emme Porter and Bruce Porter, who together have more than 25 years of teaching experience, in addition to their backgrounds spanning figure skating, ice dancing, choreography, hockey, and more, on local, national, and international levels.

Classes will be offered for different ages and abilities through the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. Classes are separated into age-appropriate categories and consist of a comprehensive lesson and evaluation structure that is exciting, rewarding, safe, and fun.


Adult: Four adult levels are condensed versions of the Figure 8 Basics classes, allowing adults to progress in their choice of skating discipline.

Basic Skills 1–8: Classes teach the fundamentals of skating and basic skills, and are designed to help children master fundamental moves, such as skating forward and backward, as well more complicated maneuvers including crossovers, turns, beginning spins, and hops. There are a total of eight levels that create a strong foundation for more specialized areas of skating, such as freestyle, ice dancing, and hockey.

Coffee Club:  This is an opportunity for adult ice skaters to get together for skating practice, exercise, and social interaction. Formats vary depending on instructors, but the idea is to have a 1-hour adults-only skating lesson during a weekday morning. Coffee, hot chocolate, and lunch will be served afterward. Skaters will have an opportunity to learn new skills and practice their techniques during the session with supervision and instruction from one of our coaches. The Coffee Club is different from the Basic Skills adult classes as they are more free-form and social and include skaters of various levels and abilities.  

Free Skate: Each Free Skate level is divided into four sections: moves in the field, spins, dance/footwork sequence, and jumps. The Free Skate levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation on which to build their skills. This is the point at which the skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating.

Happy Hour Skate:  The Happy Hour Skate is an opportunity for adults to learn to skate, practicing their skills in a social and relaxed atmosphere. The instructor will work with students one-on-one and in small groups throughout the hour. New students will learn to stand up, skate, and fall properly, while more experienced students will be challenged with new skills appropriate to their abilities. Hot wine and snack specials will be available before and after class at the Pavilion Café. 

Hockey: This introductory class is designed especially for beginning players. Skaters will work on all the basic skills necessary to become a competent hockey player.

Mom/Dad/Me: This class is for young students who have not had any organized skating instruction. Students work on falling and getting up properly, standing and marching in place and while moving. Adult guardians attending the class must be able to skate without assistance in order to help the student in the learning process.

Snowplow Sam: Classes introduce children ages three to six to the basics of skating through interactive on-ice games. Skaters will learn the basics of balance, marching, and gliding.


Session 1 November 14—December 19, 2015
Session 2 January 5—February 6, 2016
Session 3 February 9—March 12, 2016

You can register for group classes online at, in-person at the Skate Admission and Rental Booth (opens November 14), via email at, and by phone at (202) 216-9397.

Skaters may also register 15 minutes prior to an ongoing group lesson as long as space is available. To reserve a space, please contact Guest Services, Inc. at (202) 216-9397 or Weekend group lessons have a five-skater minimum. Weekday group lessons have an eight-skater minimum. 


$145.00    for a single season session (five 30-minute lessons)             
$385.00    for a full season (three complete sessions [15 lessons], November through March)
$35.00      for a single 30-minute, walk-in, group lesson (register 15 minutes before lesson) 
$290.00    for a single session specialty class (five 60-minute lessons) 
$70   for a single 60-minute, walk-in, specialty class (register 15 minutes before lesson)

There is an additional $12 one-time charge per skater, per season for group lesson registration for U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Membership. 

Private Lessons

Skaters may schedule a private lesson by appointment seven days a week by contacting Emme Porter at Private lesson fees are $50 for 30 minutes, $75 for 45 minutes, and $100 for one hour and are intended for one student. Admission to the ice rink and skate rental (if needed) must be purchased separately. 

Special Events and School Groups

The fee for school groups is $14 per student for 30 minutes, with an eight-student minimum. Lessons are held Saturdays 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; all other days and times are by appointment. Reservations must be made a minimum of seven days in advance. Admission to the ice rink and skate rental (if needed) must be purchased separately. School group rates are also available for other types of special events based on instructor availability. 

Tips for Visitors to the Ice Rink

Layered, warm clothing that does not restrict movement, gloves, and helmets (for beginners) are recommended.

Free parking is available on Madison Drive on Saturdays and Sundays, with a three-hour limit on weekdays. Meters are located on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street surrounding the rink.

The nearest Metrorail stops are Judiciary Square on the Red Line, Archives–Penn Quarter–Navy Memorial on the Yellow/Green Lines, and Smithsonian on the Blue/Orange Lines. Metrobus stops are located on 4th Street and 7th Street NW.

Location and Access

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is located on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. During the evening, when the Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed to the public, access to the ice rink and Pavilion Café is restricted to the entrances at Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive near 9th Street. 

Pavilion Café

With a panoramic view of the Sculpture Garden, the Pavilion Café serves freshly made wraps, sandwiches, gourmet pizzas, and salads. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, wine, and beer are also available. Please note the Pavilion Café will be closed for renovation during the month of January.

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