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For visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing

ASL at the NGA

Check the calendar for upcoming Gallery tours in American Sign Language (ASL).

Art for ASL Learners

Get to know the National Gallery of Art while practicing American Sign Language by taking a tour given by a deaf guide using ASL. Tours are offered by appointment only. If interested, please send us an email.

ASL Videos: Collection Highlights

Explore collection highlights from the West and East Buildings with American Sign Language (ASL) video tours.

Assistive Listening Devices

East Building auditoriums and the West Building Lecture Hall are equipped with listening enhancement systems. The receivers and neck loops necessary to use these systems can be borrowed from Information Desks in the East Building (near the entrance) or West Building (6th Street and Constitution Avenue entrance).

Portable assistive listening devices
Assistive listening devices are also available for use on any public program with three weeks’ advance notice. Please contact us at (202) 842-6905 or via email

Large, lightweight headphones that deliver full-frequency, amplified digital audio can be borrowed at the Acoustiguide desk in the West Building Rotunda.

Closed Captioning

All videos on the Gallery’s website can be played with closed-captioning.

In the Gallery
Films shown in conjunction with special exhibitions are closed-captioned. A closed-caption button is located at the entrance to every film viewing space within special exhibitions. A closed-caption button is also located at the entrances to East Building auditoriums for all films related to special exhibitions.


The Gallery offers printed scripts of all Acoustiguide audio tours. Transcripts of The Director’s Tour, Family Audio Guide, and French Galleries Tour are available at the Acoustiguide desk in the West Building Rotunda.