The Gallery’s education division offers a variety of programming and resources for adult participants of all levels through lectures, seminars, gallery talks, tours, and studio art programs.
The Drawing Salon is a series of workshops focusing on works in the collection through observation, drawing, and discussion.
Come find inspiration in the Gallery’s permanent collection. Led by local writers, this series of workshops uses examination of works of art as a starting point for writing original pieces.
Drop-in Art Making
Drop-in art making is a great way to try your hand at art making in an informal, relaxed environment. Art making activities are designed for all ages and abilities.
Spend an evening with friends exploring the Gallery’s collection and special exhibitions and enjoying live music, theatrical performances, and films.
Listen to podcasts and watch video of artists, authors, filmmakers, musicians, and historians. The archive of programs dates back to 1941.
Accessible Programs seeks to ensure a welcoming and rich experience for all visitors by eliminating barriers to full engagement and discovery.
Free talks by museum educators and specialists focus on specific aspects of the Gallery's permanent collection or special exhibitions. These programs are geared to an adult audience.
Visit the Gallery for a front-row seat at panel discussions, conversations with artists, and other programs featuring distinguished guest speakers and staff.
Offered daily, free docent-led tours explore the permanent collection. In addition to scheduled tours, special appointment tours for groups of 20 or more can be arranged in advance.
Tours of the permanent collection are offered regularly, free of charge, in Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.
Words and Images
Participate in a lecture and discussion of works in the permanent collection revealed through art history and suggested readings. Free, no registration is required.
The Art of Looking
Join Gallery educators for an hour-long exploration of a single work of art. These informal conversations can help you build skills in close looking and taking new perspectives.
Join an informal conversation about works of art and hone your skills in looking deeply, listening closely, and taking new perspectives. Discover how engaging with works of art can also help develop empathy and social intelligence.
Free audio tours of the permanent collection may be picked up at the Acoustiguide desk located in the Rotunda, on the Main Floor of the West Building. Audio tours of special exhibitions, $5 per tour unless otherwise noted, are available for rental at the entrance to the exhibition. Learn more
Film and Music Programs
Special Request Tours
We are temporarily unable to accept new requests for special appointment tours. Please see the many Scheduled Tours offered at the Gallery on a daily basis.
All previously scheduled and confirmed special appointment tours will take place.
Volunteers make significant contributions to the many programs and public services offered by the National Gallery of Art. Potential volunteers should contact the departments in which they would like to offer assistance. Learn more