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National Gallery of Art at Washington
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National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art collection includes an extensive survey of works of American, British, Italian, Flemish, Spanish, Dutch, French and German art. Permanent Installations include: Armand Hammer Collection, Dutch Cabinet Galleries, Italian Cabinet Galleries, Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700-1830, Nineteenth-Century French Galleries and Small French Paintings.



- Admission is free


- The National Gallery of Art, located on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1.


4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20565


  • What types of Tours are available?

    There are many introductory tours (Please consult the web site (www.nga.gov), which lists tours for approximately four months.) Popular tours are "1900 to Now: An Introduction to the East Building Collection" and "American Collection". In addition, tours of the collection are offered in American Sign Language (ASL). Tours of the permanent collection are offered regularly, free of charge in: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.
  • Who started the National Gallery of Art?

    The museum was privately established in 1937 for the people of the United States of America by a joint resolution of the United States Congress. Andrew W. Mellon donated a substantial art collection and funds for construction. The core collection also includes major works of art donated by Paul Mellon, Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Lessing J. Rosenwald, Samuel Henry Kress, Rush Harrison Kress, Peter Arrell Brown Widener, Joseph E. Widener, and Chester Dale.

Parking, directions, public transportation

Public parking is limited to the surrounding streets and commercial garages. Parking spaces, ramps, and elevators provide access to public areas and galleries for visitors with disabilities at the East Building entrance on 4th Street NW and the West Building entrance on Constitution Avenue at 6th Street NW.
The nearest Metro stops are Judiciary Square on the Red Line, Archives on the Yellow/Green Lines, and Smithsonian on the Blue/Orange Lines. Metro bus stops are located on 4th Street and 7th Street NW.

What are the best exhibits for Children?

The Gallery has an ongoing schedule of free family-friendly activities including family workshops, special family weekends, family concerts, storytelling programs, guided conversations, teen studios, and exhibition discovery guides. Families may explore the collection together using the children's audio and video tour which highlights 50 masterpieces on display in the West Building's Main Floor galleries.

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