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Make an Appointment: Photograph Study Room

The National Gallery of Art’s collection of photographs comprises more than 12,000 works spanning the entire history of photography, from the beginnings of the medium in 1839 to the present. The Gallery regularly mounts both exhibitions highlighting photographs from the collection and major loan exhibitions of works borrowed from other institutions and private collections. Please consult the Current Exhibitions and Installations schedule for more information.

Photographs not on display may be viewed by appointment in the Gallery’s Photograph Study Room, located in the West Building. Single visitors as well as small groups are welcome. Curatorial files for all Gallery photographs may also be consulted in the Study Room.

Appointments should be made at least two weeks in advance.


Please provide a date and time for your visit. Gallery staff will contact you with a final approval of your visit. Please be advised that there may be a need to change the date and time of your visit.


Please let us know what you are interested in viewing, and provide an accession number (for example, 2006.14.1) if you would like to see a specific work.


10:00 a.m. to noon and
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Closed Saturday, Sunday, and on federal holidays)

National Gallery of Art West Building
Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565
(202) 842-6144