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School Tours

Requests for fall tours (September 23 – December 6, 2019) will be accepted from August 1 through November 8, 2019.

Students will encounter original works of art on docent-led tours that complement and enhance classroom learning. They will take time to look carefully, ask questions, and develop their own interpretations. Through open-ended discussion, students will discover that art can possess multiple layers of meaning. Their shared endeavor—in which all voices are valued—becomes a powerful learning experience that will be memorable and meaningful.

Spanish Language Tours

Tours of the permanent collection conducted in Spanish by fluent speakers are intended for advanced high school language students.

• Breaking the Rules in Spanish
• Every Picture Tells a Story in Spanish
• Spanish Art in Spanish

Special Request Tours

We are happy to work with you to customize a tour that meets the needs of your class or to create a tour that connects closely to your curriculum.

Important Information

Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Groups must contain at least 15 students.

Once your tour has been scheduled, you will receive a confirmation letter via e-mail in 10 business days (14 days for Spanish-language tours).

Cancel or Change a Tour

To cancel or change a tour, please call (202) 842-6249 as soon as possible. Tour slots are limited so if you need to cancel your tour please let us know so we can make the tour slot available to other groups.

Title I Bus Stipends

Funding for the cost of bus transportation is available for Title I schools that participate in docent-led school tours at the National Gallery of Art. For more information, please contact Deirdre Palmer at
[email protected] or (202) 842-6880 or use the application form.

Pre-Visit Information

Watch a video (grades 1-4) or download a presentation (grades 4-12) (PPT, 4MB) to show your students what to expect on their tour. Please review museum policies, location, parking, accessibility, security, lunch options, and other important visitor information.

Self-Guided Groups

Teachers are welcome to guide their students through the museum independently. Please complete the self-guided group form at least four weeks prior to your visit. You will receive a poster for your classroom before your visit.


Our tour scheduler, Jennifer Cross, is available to answer questions Monday through Wednesday (September through May). Please contact her at (202) 842-6249 or [email protected].

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about School Tours.


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