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The Ice Rink

The 2016–2017 ice-skating season begins November 18 and continues through March 12, weather permitting. Experience skating in the Sculpture Garden while surrounded by large-scale sculptures by contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Roy LichtensteinRoxy PaineTony Smith, and others.

Ice Rink Hours and Fees

Monday–Thursday 10:00–9:00
Friday 10:00–11:00
Saturday 11:00–11:00
Sunday 11:00–9:00

*The ice rink will open at 10:00 and close at 9:00 on December 24 and 31.
The ice rink is closed December 25, January 1 and January 20.

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 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)
Adults $8.50
Skaters age 50 and over, children 12 and under, and students with a valid school ID $7.50
Season Pass $195
Skate and Locker Rentals  
Skate rental $3 (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 directed by Emme Porter and Bruce Porter. Together, Emme and Bruce have more than 25 years of teaching experience, in addition to their backgrounds in 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 Learn to Skate USA program. Classes are separated into age-appropriate categories and consist of a comprehensive lesson and evaluation structure that is exciting, rewarding, safe, and fun.

Three adult levels allow adults to progress in their choice of skating discipline.

Basic Skills 1–6: 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 six levels that create a strong foundation for more specialized areas of skating such as freestyle, ice dancing, and hockey.

Coffee Club: An opportunity for adult ice skaters to get together for skating practice, exercise, and socializing. 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. Coffee, hot chocolate, and lunch are available in the Pavilion Café afterward. The Coffee Club is more free-form and social than the Basic Skills adult classes, and includes skaters of various levels and abilities.

Free Skate: Each level is divided into four sections: moves in the field, spins, dance/footwork sequence, and jumps, and are designed to give skaters a strong foundation on which to build their skills.

Happy Hour Skate: 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. Mulled wine and snack specials are available before and after class at the Pavilion Café.

Hockey: An introductory class designed especially for beginning players to work on all the basic skills necessary to become a competent player.

Mom/Dad/Me: 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.

Registration and Schedule  
Session 1 November 19–December 17, 2016
Session 2 January 3–February 4, 2017
Session 3 February 7–March 11, 2017

You may register for group classes online at, in person at the Skate Admission and Rental Booth, via e-mail, or 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. by phone at (202) 216-9397 or via e-mail. Weekend group lessons have a five-skater minimum. Weekday group lessons have an eight-skater minimum.

For a single season session (five 30-minute lessons)              $145
For a full season (three complete sessions [15 lessons], November through March) $385
For a single 30-minute, walk-in group lesson (register 15 minutes before lesson)  $35
For a single session specialty class (five 60-minute lessons)  $290
For a single 60-minute, walk-in specialty class (register 15 minutes before lesson) $70

There is an additional $12 one-time charge per skater, per season for group lesson registration for Learn to Skate USA Membership.

Private Lessons

Skaters may schedule private lessons by contacting Emme Porter via email. Private lesson fees are $50 for 30 minutes, $75 for 45 minutes, and $100 for one hour, and are intended for a single 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. to noon; 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 National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is located near several Metrorail stops, the closest at Archives–Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter on the Green and Yellow lines. Metrobuses stop along 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. For maps and more information, visit the WMATA website.

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 self-service Pavilion Café has indoor and outdoor dining areas. The Café's menu includes pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Wine and beer are also available.

Banner image: Adam van Breen, Skating on the Frozen Amstel River, 1611, oil on panel, The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund, in honor of Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., 2010.20.1

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