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We can't wait to welcome you! Please note our new hours:

Sculpture Garden: Open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, no timed passes required

West Building: Open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, free timed-entry passes required

East Building: Opens Friday, June 18, free timed-entry passes required

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Visitor Guidelines and Safety Measures

View a complete list of guidelines

Our mask requirement will be lifted for fully vaccinated visitors and staff on Friday, June 18

Practice social distancing during your visit by staying at least 6 feet from anyone not in your group. Groups should remain together. Children must stay with adults at all times

Credit or debit cards are required to purchase food, beverages, or retail items. Cash is not accepted

The drinking fountains are turned off, but visitors may bring bottled water

Only service animals are allowed

Unless otherwise indicated, please do not touch the art

Picnics are permitted in the Sculpture Garden, but alcoholic beverages brought from outside are prohibited and are subject to confiscation

Skates, skateboards and bicycles are not permitted. Walk beside your bicycle in the Sculpture Garden or secure it to hitching posts near the Constitution Ave. and Madison Dr. entrances

Additional Visitor Guidelines and Safety Measures

The National Gallery of Art has implemented enhanced health and safety measures, but we cannot guarantee that any visitor will not contract COVID-19 while on Gallery premises. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place. Visitors to the Gallery voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure.

Travelers must follow travel restrictions set by the District of Columbia Government through the office of Mayor Muriel E. Bowser. Please check for the latest updates regarding travel restrictions or, which has compiled COVID-19-related information and resources for travel to the District. 

Visitors agree to abide by the guidelines on the Gallery’s website and by all instructions posted at the Gallery or provided by staff during the visit. If a visitor or a member of their party fails to follow the Gallery’s guidelines and instructions, they may be denied entry or required to leave the premises.

Each of us plays a role in a successful and safe reopening. Thank you for your patience and commitment to honoring our new safety protocols.

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