East Building Reopens June 18
Free, timed passes are required and available now
We are thrilled to welcome visitors into the East Building for the first time since March 2020! We continue to require free, timed passes, but one pass will provide entry into both the East and West Buildings. Passes for the week of June 14, including the East Building’s opening weekend, are now available. We will continue to release passes each Monday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week.
On June 18, the National Gallery will lift our mask requirement for fully vaccinated visitors. We will not require proof of vaccination, but ask anyone who is not fully vaccinated, as well as those who would feel more comfortable doing so, to wear a mask. Fully vaccinated visitors are currently not required to wear a mask in the outdoor Sculpture Garden.
WEST BUILDING REOPENED MAY 14
Free, Timed Passes Now Available
Most galleries on both floors will be open, with limited exceptions for galleries that do not allow for social distancing. Passes will be released every Monday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week. We can’t wait to welcome you.
SCULPTURE GARDEN IS OPEN
The National Gallery Sculpture Garden and Pavilion Café are now open, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily! Capacity is limited, and entry is first-come, first-served (no passes required).
Learn more and 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
Kay Rosen’s SORRY
Watch how Kay Rosen transformed the East Building entrance and hear from the artist on how SORRY encourages viewers to form their own interpretation in this behind-the-scenes video.
THE ART OF LOOKING
Berenice Abbott, Pennsylvania Station
Friday, June 18, 1:00 p.m.
In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, this hour-long interactive session will focus on Berenice Abbott’s Pennsylvania Station (July 14, 1936, printed later). Join us and build on your own first impressions to broaden your understanding of this work of art.
An Impossible Project
Streaming June 16-22
Austrian entrepreneur Florian “Doc” Kaps is a fan of analog technologies. He not only enjoys the delights of the retro, but believes that the future is about referencing and reviving the past. This dedication drove him to acquire, a decade ago, the last remaining Polaroid factory in the world ahead of its slated demolition in the Dutch city of Enschede, and to revive Polaroid instant photography methodology for the home user. Kaps’s fascinating adventures with analogue did not stop there, however. In his home town of Vienna he opened a business called Supersense in an ornate art nouveau building in the Leopoldstadt district. Here visitors can handle, use, and purchase gadgets and products of the past in a sort of cabinet of curiosities that might, at any one time, include a working letterpress, 1950s telephones, typewriters, a recording studio, phonographs, vinyl records, foods and scents, and more. An Impossible Project follows Florian Kaps on this often-rocky adventure into a bygone era, even as it raises a multitude of issues about the present. (Jens Meurer, 2020, 99 minutes)
National Gallery Lights Up Campus for LGBTQ Pride Month
We are proud to celebrate LGBTQ Pride with rainbow light installations on our West Building entrance at 6th Street NW and in the crystals on the 4th Street Plaza. Visit us after dark to see the display every night in June, and stay tuned for additional programming celebrating LGBTQ artists, this month and beyond.
VIRTUAL SCHOOL TOURS NOW AVAILABLE
Customize an engaging and interactive experience for your class with our free virtual school tours. During a 30-, 45-, or 60-minute tour, students will explore and compare diverse works from our collection and have a chance to make art of their own. Requests for fall virtual tours (October 4 – December 4) will be accepted from August 2 – November 5, 2021.
Pandemic Teaching Resources
Discover new activities and resources specifically designed to help educators support students’ emotional wellness and classroom engagement during the pandemic.
GALLERY SHOPS ONLINE
The Gallery Shops are online. Discover a variety of art-inspired items to bring joy and creativity to your home—from children’s activities to puzzles, picnic blankets to fine jewelry.
For more information on this museum, visit our National Gallery of Art page.
Program and Exhibit information provided by the National Gallery of Art.