A Private Walking Tour of The National Gallery of Art
Operated by: Travel Curious
Experience the awe-inspiring grandeur and scale of America’s prestigious National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C with an expert art historian. On your private tour you will:
- Enjoy the personalised attention of your expert private guide.
- Explore the vast National Gallery of Art with its incredible collection of 4,000 European and American paintings, 31,000 drawings, 3,000 sculptures plus an expansive library of 70,000 prints and 12,000 photographs.
- Learn about the history of the building itself – a neo-classical design (similar to the façade of the National Gallery in London) with very modern additions, consisting of the West Wing, the East Wing and the beautiful sculpture garden.
- Walk along the mesmerizing subterranean concourse, a tunnel of light that links the West and East Buildings and is called ‘the Multiverse’.
- Admire an extensive array of art dating from the medieval and High Renaissance period, through to the Impressionists and renowned artists of the 20th Century.
- See world-famous works from the Renaissance by Raphael, Titian and the only Da Vinci in the Americas the portrait of Ginevra de Benci, dubbed Washington’s Mona Lisa.
- Hear the stories and political scandals behind the art and the artists.
- Admire the Rembrandts and Rubens and Vermeers while learning all about their lives and their groundbreaking techniques in painting.
- View the extensive collection of Impressionism including works by Mary Cassatt, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Monet’s iconic Japanese Bridge.
- Moving toward the contemporary collection, see works by legendary artists of the twentieth century Kandinsky, Picasso, Pollock and Warhol.
- Discover the origin story of the collection and the Gallery’s wealthy benefactor, Andrew W Mellon – a great philanthropist and former US Ambassador to the UK.
- Wander around the beautiful sculpture garden and end the 2.5-hour tour within the grounds of the gallery to enjoy exploring at your own leisure.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. is one of the most important art museums in the world, with masterpieces dating from the 12th century to the present day, and welcomes over 4 million visitors per year.
It is a hugely impressive complex, founded in 1937 by Andrew W Mellon, a wealthy philanthropist and patron of the arts. It consists of two buildings, the West and East Buildings. The neo-classical West Building was designed by John Russell Pope and is home to the earlier collections including one of the most prestigious collections of Renaissance works anywhere in the world. Enjoy hearing about the life and legend of Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian and many others as you gaze at their beautiful masterpieces.
The East Building houses the vast collection of twentieth-century art, with pieces by Picasso, Rothko, Pollock and many legendary contributors to modern art. It also hosts contemporary exhibitions and immersive, interactive art experiences, the print and photographic collections. It was opened in 1978 and is a much more modern edifice designed by I.M Pei the Chinese-born American architect who also designed the Louvre in Paris. The tranquil sculpture garden was opened in 1999 and is a lovely way to end your guided tour.
2.5 hours 30 minutes
Type of tour
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.
No tickets required.
Food, drinks & Gratuities are not included
Arty Farty, Couples, Culture Vulture, Family
Attractions along this route:
National Gallery of Art
An extensive art museum, which features a number of artworks of Alexander Hamilton and his family.
Mary Cassatt's 'The Boating Party'
Painted at the end of the 20th century, Cassatt's oil paintings is one of the National Gallery's highlights.
Vermeer's 'The Girl with a Red Hat'
This oil painting, completed in the mid seventeenth century, is one of the many famous portraits Dutch master, Vermeer, painted over his 42 years of life.
Self Portrait by Van Gogh
Though the most famous portrait of Van Gogh hangs in the Musee d'Orsay, this portrait by Van Gogh is as equal a masterpiece in its attention to detail.
Monet's 'Japanese Footbridge'
Any true fan of impressionism will know the sheer delight of seeing one of Monet's garden masterpieces in real life.
Leonardo da Vinci 'Ginevra de' Benci'
Ginevra de' Benci is a portrait painting from Leonardo da Vinci around 1474-1476, found in the National Gallery of Art in DC.
'Multiverse' by Leo Villareal
The Multiverse by American artist Leo Villareal is a light sculpture at the National Gallery of Art, between the East and West Buildings
'Open Window, Collioure' by Henri Matisse
The Open Window, Collioure by Henri Matisse in 1905 can be found at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
Piet Mondrian 'Tableau No. IV
The abstract or neo-plastic painting from Piet Mondrian, Tableau No. IV: Lozenge Composition with Red, Gray, Blue, Yellow, and Black can be found at the National Gallery of Art in DC
'Improvisation 31 (Sea Battle)' by Wassily Kandinsky
Improvisation 31 (Sea Battle) is an abstract painting from a work series by Wassily Kandinky between 1909 and 1913, today found at the National Gallery of Art in DC.