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Image Collections

The library’s department of image collections is a study and research center predominantly for photographic images of Western art and architecture. It is one of the largest of its kind. Areas of particular strength include American, Dutch, French, and Italian art, the arts of Asia, and the architecture of France, Italy, and Germany.

Its holdings number more than 16 million photographs, slides, negatives, microforms, and digital images. The department serves a national and international audience that includes the National Gallery’s staff, members of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, scholars, and other interested researchers.

The library is open Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are closed Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

To help us prepare materials ahead of your initial visit, we recommend you request an appointment.

National Gallery of Art East Building
4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Mailing Address
Image Collections
National Gallery of Art
2000 South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785

Contact [email protected] or call (202) 842-6026