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Welcome Back!

We are delighted to welcome you back to the National Gallery of Art! The well-being of our visitors and staff is our top priority, and we have adjusted our visitor experience to meet new health and safety guidelines.

Current Hours 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. daily

West Building: OPEN, Select Main Floor galleries, Timed Passes Required
Sculpture Garden: OPEN, No Timed Passes Required
East Building: Currently CLOSED

Free, timed passes are required for entry.

Please note: The National Gallery of Art will be closed to the public on the following dates:

  • November 26, 2020 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • December 24, 2020
  • December 25, 2020 (Christmas Day)
  • January 1, 2021 (New Year's Day)
  • January 20, 2021 (Inauguration Day)

Visitor Guidelines and Safety Measures

Plan Your Visit to the West Building

Main Floor galleries are currently open. The entrance is on the Main Floor at 6th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW. Exits are at 6th Street NW, 4th Street NW, and the doors facing the National Mall of the Main Floor.

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Reserve your Free, Timed Pass

We require passes for entry into the West Building. Passes are released each Monday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week in 15 minute increments between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Plan Your Visit to the Sculpture Garden

Visitor capacity is limited to allow social distancing, and entrance is first come, first served.
Located along Constitution Avenue NW between 7th and 9th Streets NW
The entrance is at 7th Street and Madison Drive NW.

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Stay Connected

For the latest information about revised visitor policies and our phased reopening of the museum, please visit this site regularly, sign up for the Gallery’s newsletter, and follow us on social media.

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.

All visitors to the District of Columbia must follow Mayor Bowser’s Order 2020-081, which requires travelers to the District of Columbia from certain high-risk areas to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The information about states requiring quarantine is updated regularly, so please be sure to check prior to planning your visit. We do hope you will be able to visit the Gallery.

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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