The National Gallery of Art
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is always free. Passes are not required. Bring the whole family to explore exhibitions currently on view and grab coffee beverages from the newly redesigned Garden Café. Viewing from home? Enjoy a variety of virtual programs, including our newest talks.
East Building Temporarily Closed
Daily Tours Return
Let us be your guide! Daily live tours are back. We’ll explore collection highlights spanning 500 years in our (Re)Discover the National Gallery of Art tour at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The American Stories tour at 1:00 p.m. examines different perspectives in art and evolving national identities from the colonial period to the early 20th century. Plus, school tours are back—available by request, in person and online.
As of March 11, face masks are optional. No proof of vaccination is required for entry or dining.
Now On View
James Van Der Zee’s Photographs: A Portrait of Harlem
Through May 30, 2022
West Building, Ground Floor, Gallery 22
Experience life in Harlem during the first half of the 20th century through the lens of James Van Der Zee. This exhibition presents some 40 works from the National Gallery’s collection, including several recent acquisitions.
Clouds, Ice, and Bounty: The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Collection of Seventeenth-Century Dutch and Flemish Paintings
Through June 1, 2022
This exhibition includes a rich cross section of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish life and culture.
National Gallery Nights are Back!
Register now for April 14
April 14, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
For the first time ever, we will host our popular evening program in the West Building this spring. Join us on April 14, May 12, and June 9. We’ll kick off the season celebrating all things floral, like whimsical paper flower installations from Revery Paper Flora’s Emily Paluska. Enjoy art-making, tunes from DJ Little Bacon Bear, and pop-up performances from electric cellist Benjamin Gates.
Registration required and available now.
A Poem of Exile on Dante Day
In celebration of Dante Day on March 25—Dantedì in Italy—Gretchen Hirschauer, curator of Italian and Spanish paintings, commemorated the timeless achievements of Dante Alighieri. Much of the poet’s writing reflects his desperate desire to return home to Florence.
Thomas, whose work Melody: Back is featured in the National Gallery’s collection and the Afro-Atlantic Histories exhibition, will discuss her expansion of portraiture and the representation of Black women in her practice with Andrea Nelson, The National Gallery’s associate curator of photographs.
Wednesday March 30, 6:00 p.m.
THE ART OF LOOKING
Quentin Massys, Ill-Matched Lovers
As Shakespeare said, “better a witty fool than a foolish wit.” In the spirit of April Fools’ Day, we look at Quentin Massys’s Ill-Matched Lovers. This hour-long interactive session is designed for everyone interested in talking about art. No art or art history background is required. Ages 18 and over.
Friday, April 1, 1:00 p.m.
A. W. MELLON LECTURES
Yellow, Orange Glow
In the third talk of the six-part series Colorstruck! Painting, Pigment, Affect, Richard J. Powell connects Alma Thomas’s luminous palette and the noun/verb “glow” to a modern Black consciousness, alluding to agency and life’s radiant possibilities.
Sunday, April 3, 11:00 a.m.
West Building Lecture Hall or virtual
Shuttering Time: The Moving Image After James Van Der Zee
In-person films return with this two-part program about the legacy of 1920s Black cultural producers across the 20th and 21st centuries. Curated by scholar and artist Ayanna Dozier, the films are offered in conjunction with James Van Der Zee’s Photographs: A Portrait of Harlem.
Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, 2:00 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall
Connecting to Afro-Atlantic Histories
Join our three-part teacher workshop series exploring the upcoming Afro-Atlantic Histories. Start with an introduction to the exhibition, hear from educators about culturally responsive teaching techniques, access digital teaching resources, and more.
Thursday, April 7, 4:00 p.m.
MAKE ART AT HOME
30-Minute Art-Making Challenges
Have 30 minutes? Make your own masterpiece inspired by our collection. Experiment with various media using 13 different prompts to guide your process. Create artwork that is uniquely yours.
Stream the National Gallery
Need something new to binge watch? Stream hundreds of videos on our YouTube channel. Start with this list of our favorites, or revisit classics like the life of Tintoretto narrated by Stanley Tucci and educational content for kids.
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.