On Monday, July 20, select Ground Floor galleries in the West Building reopened to visitors. Please visit nga.gov/reopening for updated policies, health and safety guidelines, and tips for planning your visit.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Free, Timed Passes *Now Available*: Timed passes, which are required for West Building entry, will be released each Monday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week. Reserve them here.
- Face Coverings: All visitors ages 2 and up must wear face coverings.
- Social Distancing: Practice social distancing during your visit by staying at least 6 feet from anyone not in your household group. Groups should remain together. Children must stay with adults at all times.
- Credit Cards Only: Credit or debit cards are required to purchase food, beverages, or retail items. Cash will not be accepted.
- Enhanced Cleaning Measures in Place: The Gallery is conducting enhanced cleanings of high-touch areas. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the campus.
- Stay Home If You Are Sick or Have a Fever: Please reschedule your visit for another day.
The Sculpture Garden is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The East Building remains temporarily closed.
Please visit nga.gov/reopening for more details and to plan your visit.
And whether or not you’re able to visit in person, stay engaged at home with the virtual events below!
At Home Programs
JOIN US: THE ART OF LOOKING
In this interactive, 60-minute session, we will build on our first impressions of Hughie Lee-Smith’s Reflection (1957). By sharing observations, interpretations, questions, and ideas, we will broaden our understanding.
October 16, 2020 at 10:00 am
VIRTUAL FAMILY PROGRAM RETURNS
This popular program for art lovers ages 7–12 returns with monthly events featuring special guests. Find out what you can discover when you spend an hour exploring a single work of art—all from the comfort of home. This month, we’ll be joined by Haywood Turnipseed Jr., a writer and stand-up comedian, who will guide us to find the humor in art.
October 22, 23, 4:00 p.m.
October 24, 25, 10:00 a.m.
VIRTUAL FILM SERIES
Archival Address: Films by Ayo Akingbade and Morgan Quaintance
London-based filmmakers Ayo Akingbade and Morgan Quaintance have developed their own distinctive styles and approaches to filmmaking that explore what it means to place oneself in the frame—literally and figuratively, as viewer and maker.
FRANS HALS AND THE DUCHESS GOLDBLATT
Duchess Goldblatt, one of Twitter’s most engaging personalities, is a fictional character who charms her followers with tart, witty tweets that brim with optimism and loving kindness. Her Grace, whose chosen avatar is Frans Hals’s Portrait of an Elderly Lady (1633), participates in a rare interview with Betsy Wieseman, curator of Northern European Paintings.
GALLERY SHOPS: NOW IN PERSON AND ONLINE
The Gallery Shops are open—on the Concourse and online. Discover a variety of art-inspired items to bring joy and creativity to your summer—from children’s activities to puzzles, picnic blankets to fine jewelry.
SHOP THE SALE
The Gallery Shops are offering a rare clearance sale for a wide variety of merchandise with savings of 50%–90%! These deals are offered online and in the West Building Shop on the Ground Floor. To take advantage of these deals in person, be sure to reserve your free, timed pass for the West Building.
For more information on this museum, visit our National Gallery of Art page.
Program and Exhibit information provided by the National Gallery of Art.