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If you’re looking to make art a bigger part of your life in the new year, you’ve come to the right place.

There is so much to look forward to at the National Gallery, both in person and online: dynamic, thought-provoking exhibitions, new works of art to see, and opportunities to learn, create, and explore new perspectives.

We hope this look ahead will help you make 2023 your most artful yet.

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Dive into unexpected worlds in our 2023 exhibitions

What do Dorothea Lange’s portraits, Mark Rothko’s paintings, and Philip Guston’s 50-year career have in common? They are all featured in limited-time exhibitions opening this year. What’s more, we have a wide range of free events that bring our exhibitions to life.

Stay tuned for more program announcements to come!

See 2023 exhibitions

Make your own masterpiece

Want to explore your creative side? We can help you get inspired to make art yourself, at home and the museum.

On the first Saturday of each month, the East Building will transform into an interactive art space for children, teens and adults, with art making, children’s films, pop-up activities, and more.

Can’t join in person? Our monthly virtual Sketchbook Club takes a work from our collection as inspiration for a 30-minute sketching activity. Doodling is also encouraged.

And for our littlest artists, spark their imaginations with our bilingual (Spanish and English) Art Tales activities and videos inspired by Henri Matisse, Alma Thomas, and more.


Learn something new—in person and at home

Beloved programs like Jazz in the Garden, Sunday concerts, and National Gallery Nights will return, while special guests and themes bring something new.  

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Get the full picture with fresh stories and videos

Have you ever wondered how a painting was made? Or why Vermeer is so famous? Our website features a range of stories about art and artists, their inspirations, and the unexpected connections to our world today. Here are some highlights:

Check out our YouTube channel to get a behind-the-scenes look and learn something new:

Renew and recharge throughout the year

The National Gallery is a great place to find refuge surrounded by beautiful architecture, a peaceful Sculpture Garden and, of course, world-class art.

You might start by marking the changing of the seasons. In winter, find shelter with tropical plants in our central Rotunda or embrace the chill with a twirl around our ice rink, open until March 6.

In spring, the National Gallery reawakens with blooming wisteria along our West Building, cherry blossoms outside the East Building, our famed azaleas display in the Rotunda, and the return of our four fountains—hidden places for refuge in the heart of the city.

In summer, beat the heat inside our East and West Building and at our Sculpture Garden fountain. Enjoy live music at our popular, free summer concert series Jazz in the Garden, or cool down in the shady rest areas adjacent to our Mall entrance.

Come fall, visit us to watch the leaves change along the National Mall while taking in a free Sunday concert or film program.

Visit your favorite work of art or find a new one

Did you know we have more than 2,000 artworks on view? Take advantage of our website to explore what you can see in the museum at any given time. You can even search specifically for Sculptures, Paintings, Decorative art, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, or discover works that have recently entered our collection.

We offer many free, daily guided tours to learn about topics ranging from the Renaissance to modern art.

While sections of the West Building’s Main Floor will be temporarily closed throughout 2023 for renovations, we’ll always have a selection of highlights you to enjoy on the Ground Floor. Talk to a Visitor Experience Representative to find your way — we’re here to help!

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December 30, 2022