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Special Request Tours

The Gallery is no longer taking School Tour requests for the 2107–2018 academic year.

Request for Fall tours (September 24 – December 7, 2018) will begin on August 1 – November 3, 2018.

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

Permanent Collection

Tours focus on the Gallery's permanent collection only.  Self-guided print and online resources for children are also available. Please note that tours are limited to 90 students.

Religious Art Themes

Please note that the Christmas Story tour is limited to 60 students and the Stories from the Hebrew Bible tour is limited to 30 students.

Logistical Information

Length: 60 minutes for kindergarten through grade 3;
75 minutes for grades 4 through 12
Meeting Location: West Building Rotunda

Tour Request Form

Requests for winter/spring tours (January 8 - June 1, 2018) will be accepted from December 1, 2017 - May 4, 2018.

Schedule a Tour

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 mail in 10 business days (14 days for Spanish-language tours).

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.


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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