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Group tours are free and available Monday through Friday for groups of 15 or more people. Each tour lasts approximately one hour and is geared toward an adult audience. Please choose from one of the six tour topics below.

Please submit your form at least four weeks in advance. Submitting a form does not guarantee a reservation.

If you have fewer than 15 people in your group, please consider participating in our daily public tours.

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Tour Descriptions

American Stories

American art can tell complex stories about evolving national identities in the United States. Join us as we look closely at American art from the colonial period to the early 20th century, engaging in conversation and exploring different perspectives with these works from our collection.

Breaking the Rules in Modern Art: 1900 to the Present

How and why did rules of painting and sculpture change radically throughout the 20th century? Through close looking and conversation, we'll explore how artists departed from traditional materials and subject matter while grappling with the modern world.  

Dialogues in Modern Art: 1900 to the Present

Discover connections and “dialogues” between modern and contemporary works of art in the National Gallery’s East Building. Together we will explore artistic process and uncover layers of meaning in painting and sculpture through close looking and conversation.

To our left, a young woman sits facing us on a low stone wall at the base of the vertical, black bars of an iron fence and a young girl stands facing away from us to our right in this horizontal painting. Both have pale skin. The woman looks directly at us with dark eyes as she holds an open book, a closed red fan, and a sleeping brown and white puppy in her lap. Her long auburn hair falls down over her shoulders. Her navy-blue dress is accented with white piping on the skirt, collar, and sleeves, and has three large, white buttons down the front and her black hat is adorned with two red poppies and a daisy. The girl wears a sleeveless white, knee-length dress belted with a marine-blue sash tied in a large bow at her back. The girl’s blond hair is pulled up and tied with a black ribbon. She raises her left hand to grasp the bar of the fence she faces. A bunch of green grapes lies on the low wall to our right. A plume of steam fills much of the space beyond the black fence, which spans the width of the painting and extends off the top edge. A few details can be made out beyond the fence, including a stone-gray building with two wooden doors to our left and a bridge along the right edge.

French Art: Impressionism to the Early 20th Century

In what ways did 19th-century French artists break with tradition and transform French art? Together we will look closely and explore how artists such as Monet, Cézanne, and Cassatt challenged the art establishment through their subject matter and techniques.

The Italian Renaissance

How did artists respond to the culture and ideas of the Renaissance in Italy? Join us in exploring the rise of humanism in society and innovations in art through works by artists like Giotto, Leonardo, Raphael, and Titian.

(Re)Discover the National Gallery of Art

Whether this is your first time discovering the National Gallery or we are welcoming you back, this free tour is for you! Designed to pique your curiosity and deepen your understanding of the nation’s collection, this one-hour tour will explore a range of art spanning more than 500 years. We will engage in conversation and make meaningful connections to art and our shared humanity.

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