Location4th 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 transportationPublic 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.
Map/DirectionsDriving Direction to National Gallery of Art
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