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Schedule a Group Tour

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 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.

Are you an educator looking to schedule a field trip? Learn more about our school tours and programs.

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Please select a date and time. We offer tours Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Please submit your form at least four weeks in advance.

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(15 or more)

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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

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 and Contemporary Art

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.

Exhibition Tour: Dorothea Lange—Seeing People

Join us for a tour of Dorothea Lange: Seeing People. This exhibition explores Lange’s prolific and groundbreaking career through the lens of her iconic portraits. Groups are limited to 20 people.

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.

Glimpses of Life in 17th Century Dutch Art

Join us to explore works of art that offer glimpses of life in 17th century Dutch society during a period of social, economic, and religious change. Through close looking and conversation, we will uncover the layers of meaning in paintings created during an unprecedented flourishing of the arts.

(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.

Sculpture Garden

Join us in the National Gallery's outdoor Sculpture Garden for an engaging tour that explores modern and contemporary sculpture in a landscape setting. Offered April-June and September-October. 

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