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Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Here

How do I get to the Gallery by metrorail, bus, or car?

See Visit for details.

Is the Gallery wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Please see Visit for more information.


Hours and Admission

When is the Gallery open?

The National Gallery of Art is open Monday–Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed December 25 and January 1.

How much is admission to the Gallery?

The National Gallery of Art is free to all visitors.

When are the Gallery Shops open?

Gallery Shops are open Monday–Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Shops are closed December 25 and January 1. Shop online anytime.


In and Around the Gallery

Is there a checkroom?

Yes. Please see Visitor Policies for details.

Is there a place to eat?

Yes, you can purchase a meal or snack at one of four Gallery Cafés. Outside food may not be brought into the dining areas or galleries.

Where can I learn more about the Gallery's ongoing renovation project?

For renovation updates please visit Renovation Information.


Group Visits

How do I arrange a visit for a school group?

School tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance, and groups must contain at least 15 students. See School Tours for more information.

How do I arrange a visit for a group of adults?

Free one-hour tours for groups of 20 or more adults are available and must be requested three weeks to four months in advance. Please call (202) 842-6247 for more information.


About the Gallery

What is in the Gallery's permanent collections?

The Gallery's permanent collections range from Byzantine altarpieces to pop art. All collections can be explored online.

How can I find out whether a particular work of art is currently on view?

Our Collection Search allows you to search the entire National Gallery of Art collection by artist's last name, key words in the title, key words in object information, credit line, provenance name, accession number, exhibition history, and/or catalogue raisonné. You will be able to filter your search results by medium, nationality, time span, styles, images, and whether an object is on view.

What are the current exhibitions at the Gallery?

Please visit our Current Exhibitions page.

How can I find information on an object in the Gallery's collection?

Our Collection Search allows you to search the entire National Gallery of Art collection by artist's last name, key words in the title, key words in object information, credit line, provenance name, accession number, exhibition history, and/or catalogue raisonné. You will be able to filter your search results by medium, nationality, time span, styles, images, and whether an object is on view.

How can I find biographical information on an artist represented in the Gallery's collection?

Our Collection Search allows you to search the entire National Gallery of Art collection by artist's last name, key words in the title, key words in object information, credit line, provenance name, accession number, exhibition history, and/or catalogue raisonné. You will be able to filter your search results by medium, nationality, time span, styles, images, and whether an object is on view.

Where can I acquire images of artworks in the Gallery's permanent collection?

Visit NGA Images, a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. You can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More than 45,000 open access digital images up to 4000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.

May I create a link to your site?

The National Gallery of Art does not authorize or prohibit links to its website provided that any such link does not connote an endorsement by or affiliation with the National Gallery of Art.

Where can I find information about the Gallery's conservation efforts?

Please visit our Conservation pages. 

Can the Gallery tell me the monetary value of an artwork that I own?

The National Gallery of Art does not provide monetary information on any work of art. To determine the value of an object or to find an appraiser, contact the Art Dealers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers.


Membership and Donations

How do I become a member?

To become a member, join online or by calling the Development Office at (202) 842-6450.

How can I make a donation to the Gallery?

You may make a secure, fully tax-deductible donation online or by calling the Development Office at (202) 842-6372.

How can I donate a work of art to the Gallery?

The National Gallery of Art houses a collection of masterpieces—American and European paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs—dating from the late Middle Ages to the present day. Seeking to complement and enhance the collection in these areas, the Gallery looks to donors to help in its mission to present works of the highest quality.

All gifts of art must be formally accepted by the Board of Trustees for accession into the collection. Gifts of art that become part of the permanent collection continue to reaffirm the Gallery’s distinction.

Visit Gifts of Art for more information.


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