National Gallery of Art Small-Group Walking Tour

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Why We Love This

  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by an art historian

Description
On this small-group art tour limited to six people, see some of the most outstanding works in the history of Western art – works cited repeatedly as the pinnacles of beauty and talent. As you follow your art historian/ expert guide through the National Gallery of Art’s West Building in Washington DC, admire everything from 17th-century Dutch and Flemish still lifes and portraits to boxing rings and gritty urban settings created by American realists of the 19th century.

What You'll Do

The Gallery’s West building is home to many famous works of art, such as the only Leonardo da Vinci piece in the Americas - Ginevra de' Benci or Claude Monet's The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil.

Touring the gallery with an art historian/ expert guide provides you with unique perspectives on the art, as well as an understanding about what it takes to create a national collection and how this collection has evolved over 70 years. Learn about the philanthropy of the arts in the early 20th century, and see portraits of the gallery’s earliest benefactors. These generous individuals had vision – the vision to bring to the United States a prominent collection comparable to other national collections at the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in London. Decide for yourself if that vision was achieved!

Cancellations & Refunds

Can be canceled up to 48hrs in advance

Duration

3 hours

Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Point

National Gallery of Art West Building

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
A maximum of 6 people per booking is allowed
Minimum age is 13 years

Inclusions

Walking tour
Small-group tour - no more than 6 people!
Local guide

Exlusions

Gratuities (optional)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point: National Gallery of Art West Building

"Amazing. What we learnt, wow...."

November 10, 2016 - 

Amazing. What we learnt, wow. Highly recommended.


"Absolutely incredible! Knowledgeable guide and..."

October 12, 2015 - 

Absolutely incredible! Knowledgeable guide and personal service... A must do if you are interested in art! A Context Travel tour like this will keep us looking forward to more.


"The guide was the best...."

June 18, 2015 - 

The guide was the best. I had studied various painting prior to trip. The guide who has a PhDs in art made this 3 hour your seem like an hour. Benjamin deserves praise


"Our tour guide, Abram Fox,..."

April 6, 2014 - 

Our tour guide, Abram Fox, is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He brings insight and interest to what might have appeared "only" to be paint on canvases. He provided a historical timeline for the art we viewed, presenting it in an evolutionary manner that completely added to our enjoyment.

This is definitely the way to see an art gallery.


"This was a great tour...."

March 30, 2014 - 

This was a great tour. We recommend it highly. Our guide is an art history PhD candidate, made the tour very informative and entertaining for my 12 year old grandson, and learned a lot of new things.


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