D.C. in the National Gallery

National Gallery of Art East Building atrium with Calder mobile NGA

One of the most visited museums in the world

American and European paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photographs--all can be viewed at the National Gallery of Art, one of the most visited museums in the world.

Founder Andrew W. Mellon envisioned a national museum for the people of the United States located in the nation's capital and built on the National Mall.

How does the National Gallery connect to the District of Columbia?

In many ways, it turns out, especially ever since the National Gallery assumed stewardship of the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, following the latter's closing in 2014.

Moments in D.C. history illustrated

Join this interior tour of the Gallery's West and East buildings and see works by renowned artists such as Gilbert Stuart and Augustus St. Gaudens that touch on moments in D.C. history.

Discover a surprising number of artists who called Washington, D.C. home, including Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam, and Anne Truitt.

Like the museum where their work is on display, they connected D.C. to the national art scene.


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Guides that may lead this tour: 
Portrait of Carolyn

CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to perambulations through her new hometown when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She is the founder of Washington Walks.

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Saturday at 9:30 a.m. July 13, August 3, August 17, 2024

Sunday at 9:30 a.m. July 14, August 4, 2024

Also available for private and group bookings. Please email info@washingtonwalks.com for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to ten (10) participants on public tours.

$35 per person for public tours.  AUGUST DISCOUNT: Pay for one reservation and get a second one for free!  Use code DCNGA at check out.

Please email us for a private or group tour quote.

Meet at the Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain (401 Constitution Avenue, NW)
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