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School Tours

Requests for winter/spring tours (January 6 – May 29, 2020) will be accepted from December 2, 2019 – May 2, 2020.

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.

• 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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 is available to answer questions on Monday through Wednesday between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. (September through May). Please contact her at (202) 842-6249 [email protected].

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about School Tours.

We greatly value your feedback about your school tour experience. Please submit this form to share your feedback.