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Discover a variety of multi-generational programs and resources that engage children and adults in active exploration of art.


Family Programs at the National Gallery of Art are based on a philosophy of slowing down, focusing on one work of art, developing observation and thinking skills, inspiring curiosity and wonder, and fostering collaboration between children and adults. Many of the programs are age-specific, while others are designed for a broader age range. Please note that some programs require advance registration while others have onsite sign-in on the date of the program. All Family Programs are free, and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Art Investigators

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Family Workshops

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Films for Children and Teens

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Drop-in Art Making

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Check out this selection of free resources, designed to enhance your visit and to explore art from home.

An Eye for Art
All ages

Explore 50 artists in the collection through illustrations and activities.

Family Guides
Ages 6 and up

Open up the secrets and stories of the museum's collections by using these booklets online or at the Gallery.

Audio Tour
Ages 7–11

Learn about some of the world's greatest paintings through this engaging, self-guided audio tour.

Video Tour
Ages 7–11

Take a closer look at some of the paintings on display in the West Building and explore people, places, and surprising scenes from distant lands and times.

NGAkids Art Zone
All Ages

Create art online with twenty digital interactives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some of the most common questions families pose to education staff. View FAQs

Teen Programs

Explore workshops designed for students in grades 7 through 12.

Sculpture Garden


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Sign-language interpreters and guides for visitors who are blind or have low vision are available for programs. Please call (202) 842-6905 or email [email protected] three weeks in advance for an appointment.  Learn more