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Image: Claude Monet, Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers, 1880, Chester Dale Collection, 1963.10.181Image: Richard Serra, Five Plates, Two Poles, 1971, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation © 2001 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2001.27.1Image: Andrea del Castagno, David with the Head of Goliath, c. 1450/1455,  Widener Collection, 1942.9.8Image: Edgar Degas, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen - wax statuette, 1879-1881, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1999.80.28
Introductory Tours
Early Italian to Early Modern: An Introduction to the West Building Collection
December 1–31
Weekdays at 10:30AM, 3:30PM
Sat at 10:30AM
Sun at 11:30AM, 4:30PM
January 1–February 28
Weekdays at 10:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM
Sat at 10:30AM, 1:30PM
Sun at 11:30AM, 4:30PM

The West Building, a gift of Andrew W. Mellon, opened to the public in 1941. Designed by John Russell Pope, the West Building displays European and American art from the 13th to the early 20th centuries. Masterpieces of Italian painting and sculpture, including the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Western Hemisphere, join works by the Dutch masters, French impressionists, and American artists. Major works by such influential artists as Bierstadt, Turner, Van Eyck, Goya, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Botticelli, Dürer, Grünewald, Cassatt, and Monet, among others, may be seen during the tour.

1900 to Now: An Introduction to the East Building Collection
December 1–February 28
Weekdays at 11:30AM, 1:30PM
Weekends at 11:30AM, 3:30PM

Designed by I.M. Pei, with construction funds donated by members of the Mellon family and foundation, the East Building opened to the public in 1978 and is widely regarded as an architectural monument of the 20th century. Especially suited for displaying major contemporary art, its galleries and exhibition spaces feature such notable masters in the collection as Calder, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Pollock, and Rothko. Masterworks by these and other 20th-century painters and sculptors are highlights of each tour.

The Sculpture Galleries
December 1–29
Mon, Fri, Sun at 12:30PM
Sat at 11:30AM
January 3–February 28
Wed, Sun at 12:30PM
Sat at 11:30AM

Through an exploration of different styles, functions, materials, patronage, techniques, and subject matter, the newly designed and naturally lit sculpture galleries present a selection of three-dimensional works that dates from the 12th to the 20th centuries. Terracottas by members of the Della Robbia family and others, marble carving by Bernini and Houdon, bronzes by Rodin, and rare wax figures by Degas are among the examples that may be seen during the tour.

Italian Renaissance Collection
December 1–31
Mon–Wed at 2:30PM
Sat at 12:30PM
Sun at 1:30PM
January 1–February 28
Wed–Fri at 2:30PM
Sat at 12:30PM
Sun at 1:30PM

Exploring the period from the early 13th to the late 16th century in Italy—from the late Middle Ages to the rebirth of interest in classical humanism—this tour focuses on culture and ideals. It traces the rise of scientific inquiry, geographic exploration, secular influences, and the individual through the art of such masters as Duccio, Leonardo, Verrocchio, Botticelli, Giorgione, Bellini, Raphael, and Titian.

Points of View: The Painter's Choices
December 2–30
Tue at 12:30PM
January 1–February 26
Tue, Thu at 12:30PM

Artists make many decisions during the creative process. Some are made consciously and deliberately. Others erupt spontaneously while the artist works. By comparing such elements as color, line, composition, texture, and the degree of realism or abstraction an artist has employed, docents explore the way in which these choices affect the viewer's reactions to paintings in our collection. This wide-ranging tour may include surprising combinations of works chosen by the docent leading it.

French Collection: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century
December 3–31
Wed, Thu at 12:30AM
Weekends at 3:30PM
January 2–February 28
Mon, Fri at 12:30PM
Weekends at 3:30PM

In the 18th century, France was an absolute monarchy and the Academy des Beaux-Arts was the government's chief arbiter of taste. But in the 19th century, artists began painting for the open market and devising their own subject matter and innovative style. This tour reviews great works by France's neoclassical, romantic, and realist artists, ending with such impressionists and post-impressionists as Cézanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh.

American Collection
December 4–28
Thu–Sun at 2:30PM
January 3–February 28
Mon, Tue, Weekends at 2:30PM

By tracing the history of American art from the colonial period through the early 20th century, this tour highlights artists, patrons, styles, newly emerging themes, and the historical circumstances that helped shape the nation's artistic identity. The National Gallery's extensive collection of American art includes well-known works by Stuart, Copley, Cole, Bingham, Homer, Eakins, Twachtman, and Bellows.

Foreign Language Tours

See also The Director's Tour: Highlights in Foreign Languages audio tour, the Foreign Language Visitor Guides, and Foreign Language Gallery Guides.

American art in French
December 1 at 12:00PM
January 5 at 12:00PM
February 2 at 12:00PM
December 2, 11, 13 at 12:00PM
January 6, 15, 17 at 12:00PM
February 3, 12, 14 at 12:00PM

December 2, 11, 13 at 2:00PM
January 6, 15, 17 at 2:00PM
February 3, 12, 14 at 2:00PM
December 4 at 12:00PM
January 22 at 12:00PM
February 19 at 12:00PM
December 6, 11 at 12:00PM
January 3, 8, 22 at 12:00PM
February 7, 12, 26 at 12:00PM

December 6, 11 at 2:00PM
January 3, 8, 22 at 2:00PM
February 7, 12, 26 at 2:00PM
December 6, 20 at 12:00PM
January 17 at 12:00PM
February 21 at 12:00PM

December 6, 20 at 2:00PM
January 17 at 2:00PM
February 21 at 2:00PM
December 9, 13 at 12:00PM
January 13, 17 at 12:00PM
February 10, 14 at 12:00PM

December 9, 13 at 2:00PM
January 13, 17 at 2:00PM
February 10, 14 at 2:00PM
December 15 at 12:00PM
January 19 at 12:00PM
February 16 at 12:00PM

December 15 at 2:00PM
January 19 at 2:00PM
February 16 at 2:00PM
December 16, 27 at 12:00PM
January 20, 24 at 12:00PM
February 17, 21 at 12:00PM

December 16, 27 at 2:00PM
January 20, 24 at 2:00PM
February 17, 21 at 2:00PM
December 17 at 11:00AM
January 14 at 11:00AM
February 11 at 11:00AM

December 17 at 1:00PM
January 14 at 1:00PM
February 11 at 1:00PM
December 20 at 12:00PM
January 10 at 12:00PM
February 14 at 12:00PM

December 20 at 2:00PM
January 10 at 2:00PM
February 14 at 2:00PM
American art in Spanish
December 26 at 12:00PM
January 23 at 12:00PM
February 27 at 12:00PM
Picture This!

This tour makes the collections more accessible to adult visitors with vision impairments. The basic teaching methodology employed is called intensive verbal description, although some tours may include tactile elements. Call (202) 842-6185.

Picture This: Modern Art for People with Visual Impairments
December 17 at 2:00PM
February 18 at 2:00PM
(50 minutes)

Sally Shelburne

Picture This: Old Master Painting for People with Visual Impairments
January 21 at 2:00PM
(50 minutes)

Wilford W. Scott

Group Tours

Free one-hour tours for groups of twenty or more adults may be booked three weeks to four months in advance. Call (202) 842-6247.

Special Appointment

Sign language interpreters and guides for visitors who are blind or have low vision are available for tours of the permanent collection as well as for special exhibitions. Please call (202) 842-6247 or the Gallery's Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (202) 842-6176 three weeks in advance for an appointment. Special headphones, which deliver full-frequency digital audio sound in a lightweight design, are available. Printed scripts of all recorded tours are available for visitors who have hearing impairments, and free large-print brochures are available at the entrances to some of the special exhibitions. For more information, please visit our accessibility page.