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Families

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

Programs

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.

Virtual Artful Conversations

Ages 7-12

Films for Children and Teens

Ages 4 and up

Art Investigator Tours

Ages 4–7

Family Workshops

Ages 8–11

Storytime

All Ages

Family Days

All Ages

Resources

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

Scavenger Hunt: National Gallery of Art in your Neighborhood
All Ages

Grab pencil and paper to record discoveries you make as you explore.

Art Tales for Pre-K
Ages 2–5

Explore artworks with your children, read books with related themes, and try your hand at making some art of your own.  

Primeros Pasos en el Arte Para Prekínder y Recortes
Edades 2–5

Explorar obras de arte con sus hijos, leer libros de temas afines y probar suerte creando alguna pieza artística propia.

Look Together
All Ages

Make connections with art and each other by using these conversation starters online or at the Gallery.

Miremos Juntos
Todas las Edades

Conecta con el arte y con los demás utilizando estos iniciadores de conversación en línea o en La Galería.

NGAkids Art Zone
All Ages

Create art online with twenty digital interactives.

An Eye for Art
All Ages

Explore 50 artists in the collection through illustrations and activities.

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.

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

Explore workshops designed for students in grades 7 through 12.

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