National Gallery of Art: Guided Museum Tour
59 Ratings
Embark on a 2.5-hour guided museum tour at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Explore iconic artworks by renowned artists and discover the captivating stories behind them.
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • National Gallery of Art - Enter the National Gallery of Art and follow your guide through one of America’s best collections of artwork produced by Renaissance artists, French Impressionists, and great American painters. See works from Claude Monet, Raphael, Gilbert Stuart, and Edgar Degas, as well as more modern artists like Picasso, Pollock, Warhol, and O’Keefe, as you learn what’s really behind the creation of some of these pieces. Your guide will lead the way through the halls of the museum, telling stories, and stopping at famous works of art. Some pieces you’ll see on this tour include “Ginevra de’Benci” by Leonardo da Vinci, “Self Portrait” by Vincent Van Gogh, and “Woman with a Parasol” by Claude Monet. Listen as your guide fills you in on the techniques behind some of the paintings, as well as some of the history and scandals that happened because of them. You’ll also learn about the museum’s building which took just 100 years to transition from a nearly hollow building to the home of the US’s best art collections.
What's Included
  • Semi-Private Museum Tour
  • Duration 2.5 Hours
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • ‘Semi-Private’ Means Group Size Is Never More Than 8 Guests Maximum
What's Not Included
  • Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
  • Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
  • Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
Additional Information

Embark on an enlightening 2.5-hour guided tour that accommodates up to eight guests in two remarkable structures. The National Gallery of Art, located in Washington DC, is a premier museum showcasing a stunning array of Western Art from the Renaissance masters to the chief figures of the 20th Century. The gallery is home to works of prominent artists like Raphael, Rembrandt, Renoir, Picasso, and Rothko, as well as Vigee le Brun, Cassatt, and O’Keeffe.

Travel along the lanes of history via timeless artwork that reflect themes of wealth, power, war, hope, and victory. From the intricacy of a Da Vinci painting to the sweeping vistas of a Monet, onto the daring color usage of a Kandinsky, you’ll be thrilled by their vast collection and captivating narratives. Our passionate guides will unveil both renowned and lesser-known wonders, as they navigate the highlights of artistic technique and masterpieces spanning over seven centuries.

  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • A maximum of 8 people per tour allowed
  • Minimum numbers apply. This tour will not run without a minimum of 2 guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Notes: National Gallery and other attractions or museums in DC may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with ‘Skip the Line’ or ‘No Wait’ access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.
National Gallery of Art
Constitution Avenue Northwest
Meet by the Constitution Ave Entrance of the National Gallery of Art
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jun 3, 2024
Awesome Tour - The tour was very interesting and insightful. The IM Pei designed building, by itself, is amazing. Stephen, the tour guide, was awesome. Extremely knowledgeable.
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May 29, 2024
Semi Private Tour of National Art Gallery DC - Such an interesting tour with lots of details about the artists and the paintings. Anne Marie was able to bring the gallery alive and in 2.5hrs we saw the main highlights of the museum. Ideal tour if time is short! She allowed us plenty of time to look at the paintings and answered all our questions. Highly recommended.
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May 21, 2024
Bucket list was checked and so wonderful! - This was a bucket list trip for my husband and I . It is a magnificent museum! Our guide Bess was a superb tour guide. She lead us through the huge museum with expertise. The knowledge that she shared was so good . Our outlooks were broadened by her information on each piece. We will never do a museum with a guide like Bess. 🙏🏻 Highly recommend Bess and this tour! 👏🏻
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May 8, 2024
Our guide was delightful and very knowledgeable! very flexible in showing us what we were interested in. We loved her! - We loved our guide. She was very knowledgeable and interesting. She showed us what we were interested in. She went at a good pace and made sure we saw the key works of art.
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Apr 27, 2024
Stephen tour guide to the Natuonal gallery of art - Stephen was interesting, knowledgeable, and funny. He taught us alot. I would recommend him for this tour - or any tour. He was Great!
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Mar 28, 2024
An amazing experience for any art lover - My wife and I truly enjoyed our tour of the National Gallery. At the beginning of the tour, we were concerned that our guide appeared to be skipping several pieces that seemed interesting to us. But in the end, you come to realize that the gallery is enormous. The only way for a guide to show off the entire gallery is to stop at a few highlights in the different sections. Afterward, there was plenty of time to go back to rooms after the tour that we wanted to explore further. I wanted to highly recommend our guide, Stephen Mead. You could tell he had a passion for the pieces in the gallery and was more than happy to show them off for us. Also, I think he was able to adapt to showing us the pieces that we would be interested in seeing. Prior to my visit, I was wondering whether or not it was worth it to pay for a guide to a free museum. Having completed the tour, I am positive that without a guide I would not have seen more than half of the exhibits and would have missed the insight of the artists that a guide could provide. I don't think I would have appreciated the gallery as much as I do now and look forward to returning. If you love art, be ready to be amazed at not only the quantity and quality of the pieces but also the unbelievable access you can get to them. The National Gallery and the Walking tour is something my wife and I will remember fondly for years to come.
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Feb 9, 2024
One of the best tours ever - We loved our tour of the National Gallery of Art. Amanda our wonderful guide made it possible to see and appreciate so many amazing exhibits! She was knowledgeable, extremely clear and well spoken. Amanda really made the experience one of the best tours we have ever taken.
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Feb 3, 2024
Engaging Visit - Annemarie greeted us with a smile, she was interested in what brought us to the museum and immediately started a great tour . Annemarie was professional, knows about the museum, its history and of course shared with us her knowledge of the paintings we saw. Annemarie included insights that relate to us now as well as historical facts that gave depth to the art. Often Annemarie enhanced our tour with additional pictures from her iPad, she was very polite and appropriate with other groups and led us smoothly through crowded areas.We left the tour enriched and eager to return.
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Dec 6, 2023
Sites at Night are a must see! - The host of this tour is fabulous and funny. We had a fabulous time!! A lot of details you may not het on other tours. I appreciated how they shared facts that interested all participants. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Thank you!
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Nov 15, 2023
Great educational tour - The tour was so great. I learned so much about the artworks and their history and details and my tour guide Annmarie was so educational.
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024