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The National Gallery of Art Ice Rink

The 2020-2021 ice-skating season has been canceled due to ongoing logistical complications and health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back in mid-November for the 2021-2022 schedule. The Sculpture Garden is now open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Learn more.

The 2019–2020 ice-skating season at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink begins November 15 and continues through March 7, weather permitting.

Ice Rink Hours
November 15, 2019–March 7, 2020 (weather permitting)

10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. (open for Learn to Skate USA lessons only)
11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. (open to the general public)
11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

For general information and announcements about openings and closings, call (202) 216-9397.

Please note that the ice rink may be closed due to rain or extreme temperatures.

In the evening, when the Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed to the public, access to the ice rink is restricted to the entrances at Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive near 9th Street.

Ice Rink Fees

Skating fees for two 45-minute sessions (beginning on the hour):

  • $9 for adults and children age 13 and over
  • $8 for skaters age 50 and over, children age 12 and under, military, and students with a valid school ID

The skate rental fee is $4; lockers are available for $0.50 ($5 deposit required). Season passes are available for $195.

Pavilion Café

With panoramic views of the Sculpture Garden and a seasonal menu of freshly made soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, and desserts, the Pavilion Café is a perfect complement to your ice rink visit. Beverages include coffee, tea, hot chocolate, wine, beer, and specialty coffee drinks with seasonal delights such as hot cider, mulled wine, pumpkin spice lattés with flavored whipped cream, and more. A children’s menu for ages 12 and under is also available.

The café closes two hours before the ice rink each day.

Skating Lessons and Registration

This season, Guest Services offers skating lessons for all ages, directed and taught by Emme Porter and the Washington Elite Skating School team of instructors.

Washington Elite Skating School classes will be offered for different ages and abilities through the Learn to Skate USA program. Classes are separated into age-appropriate categories and consist of a comprehensive lesson and evaluation structure that is exciting, rewarding, safe, and fun.

Before enrolling in a class session, all lesson participants must first register.

Class Descriptions

Mom/Dad/Me: This class is for young students who have not had any organized skating instruction. Students work on falling and getting up properly, standing, and marching in place while moving. Adult guardians attending the class must be able to skate without assistance in order to help the student in the learning process.

Snowplow Sam: Classes introduce children ages three to six to the basics of skating through interactive on-ice games. Skaters will learn the basics of balance, marching, and gliding.

Basic Skills 1–6: Classes teach the fundamentals of skating and basic skills, and are designed to help children master fundamental moves, such as skating forward and backward, as well as more complicated maneuvers including crossovers, turns, beginning spins, and hops. Eight levels create a strong foundation for more specialized areas of skating, such as freestyle, ice dancing, and hockey.

Free Skate: Each Free Skate level is divided into four sections: moves in the field, spins, dance/footwork sequence, and jumps. The Free Skate levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation on which to build their skills. This is the point at which the skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating.

Adult: Three levels allow adults to progress in their choice of skating discipline.

Hockey: This introductory class is designed especially for beginning players. Skaters will work on all the basic skills necessary to become a competent hockey player.


Registration is available online, over the phone, or in person at the ice rink. There will be an on-site info session November 9th for those interested in speaking with skate school personnel about which class is the best fit.

For skaters interested in attending a single lesson on a drop-in basis, registration is available 15 minutes prior to the session, provided space is available.

To request additional information via email, please contact [email protected].

Class Fees

Group Lessons

  • $150 for a single season session (five 30-minute lessons)
  • $400 for a full season (three complete sessions [15 lessons], November–March)
  • $38 for a single 30-minute, walk-in group lesson (register 15 minutes before lesson)
  • $295 for a single session specialty class (five 60-minute lessons)
  • $73 for a single 60-minute, walk-in specialty class (register 15 minutes before lesson)

The class fee includes complimentary skate rental, ice time during lesson, and one session of practice time before or after the lesson.

Tuition must be paid in advance to reserve a space in the group classes.

Group Lesson Schedule

Five 30-minute lessons, includes complimentary skate rental, ice time during lesson, and one hour of practice time before or after lesson.

Saturday classes (all sessions) are held 10:00–10:30 a.m. and 10:30–11:00 a.m.; Tuesday classes (sessions 2 and 3 only) are held 6:30–7:00 p.m. and 7:00–7:30 p.m.

Not all classes are offered during each session; please contact [email protected] for more specific information.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are $50 for 30 minutes, $75 for 45 minutes, and $100 for one hour. Skaters may schedule a private lesson by appointment seven days a week. Contact Emme Porter at [email protected]. Convenient prepaid skating lesson gift cards are also available.

Admission to the rink and skate rental (if needed) must be purchased separately. Birthday party packages are also available.

Special Events and School Groups

The fee for school group lessons is $14 per child for 30 minutes, with an eight-child minimum. Admission to the rink and skate rental must be purchased separately.

Lessons are Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.; all other days and times are by appointment. Reservations must be made a minimum of seven days in advance. A deposit of 50 percent is due at time of booking.

Group rates are also available for other types of special events based on instructor availability.

  • Session 1: November 16–December 14, 2019
  • Session 2: January 4–February 1, 2020
  • Session 3: February 8–March 7, 2020

When ice resurfacing or cleanings occur, group classes and private lessons may start or end approximately 10 to 15 minutes later than scheduled. Because we use an uncovered, outdoor facility, weather can impact our classes. We do not offer makeup classes due to weather closures. Our goal is to keep classes on schedule as much as possible, even in light rain and snow.

Our first priority is the safety of our skaters, instructors, and Gallery staff. Any additional class time will be at the discretion of the instructor and management. Please keep this in mind when registering.

The Gallery offers free Wi-Fi, accessible by selecting the “NGA_Public_WiFi” network. Review the Gallery's Wi-Fi policy.

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