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TOURS
At the National Gallery of Art (NGA), at 6th & Constitution Ave, NW, Washington DC 20565, we offer 1-hour and 1.5-hour tours
Tour times: Pick a time after 10 am. The last tour starts at 3:30 pm.

At the National Portrait Gallery of Art (NPG), and Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) at 8th & G Streets NW, Washington DC 20001, we offer 1-hour and 1.5-hour tours
Tour times: Pick a time from 11:30 am. The last tour starts at 5:30 pm.

The Museum-and-Monument Day Tour DC Hotel pick up in the morning and drop off by 5:30

If there are other Smithsonian museums you would like to tour in Washington DC (Freer and Sackler Galleries for Asian Art, National Museum of American History for famous historical objects (from Abe Lincoln's hat, to Dorothy's Ruby Slippers), please ask. We will arrange a tour!

Tour Titles at the National Gallery of Art

MercuryAmerican Art

The American collection spans works from the colonial era through the 20th century. See portraits of early U.S. Presidents and dignitaries, paintings depicting scenes from various Native American tribes, works depicting historic battles, and large canvases showing vast unsettled territories, as America continued to expand westward beyond the original thirteen colonies.

Dutch & Flemish Works

With busy ports such as Antwerp and Amsterdam, the Netherlands dominated European trade during the 17th century. See how the elevated status of newly rich merchants spurred new and exciting cultural developments in art. The tour features the work of Hals, Leyster, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Vermeer, among other Dutch and Flemish artists.

French Art through Impressionism

See French paintings from the Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classic, Romantic, and Realist eras. This tour culminates in the Impressionist galleries, with vibrant examples of artwork from Degas, Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro.

Italian Art

The Italian Art collection at the NGA allows us to trace the developments in painting from the Byzantine style of the 13th century through the dazzling beauty of portraits from the high Renaissance. Feast your eyes on works by famous artists such as Giotto, Fra Lippi, Raphael, and see the only Leonardo da Vinci portrait in all of North & South America!R. Kapadia

Sculpture

Indoor sculpture examples include works in metal, marble, and terracotta from the Renaissance era through the early 20th century. Walk through the Sculpture Garden outdoors (weather permitting), and see thought-provoking and whimsical modern and contemporary works by Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol Lewitt, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Museum Highlights

Throw caution to the wind and let your docent choose a dozen works of art at the National Gallery of Art — expect to see spectacular paintings from the American, Dutch, French and Italian collections.

Tour Titles at the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Historical Figures Tour at the National Portrait Gallery

The focus is on portraits of Early Settlers, Founding Fathers, Social Reformers, Poets & Writers, Scientists & Inventors and all US Presidents — from George Washington to Barack Obama — at the National Portrait Gallery.

America, America Tour at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, prepare to be impressed by Hudson River School Painters such as Albert Bierstadt, Asher Durand, and Thomas Moran: Niagara, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite are all featured. Twentieth century works include paintings and photographs documenting moments and movements in American history, from the Gilded Age through the Depression Era, from WW II into the Civil unrest during the Vietnam War.

Sample Itinerary for the Museum-and-Monument Day Tour

Tour 1: DC Hotel pick up at 9:30 am

~ Choice of Museum (from 10-11 am from mall museums*)
~ A drive by some of DC’s monuments, with 2 stops (11:15-12:45)
~ Lunch (12:45-1:45)
~ Tour of the Library of Congress (2:15-3:30)
~ A walk through the Botanical garden or National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture garden (weather permitting) before drop off to DC Hotel by 5:30

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Tour 2: DC Hotel pick up at 9:30 am

~ A drive through DC’s Monuments, with 1 stop (9:45-10:30)
~ Choice of Museum (from 10:45-12:00 from mall museums*)
~ Lunch (12:00-1:00)
~ Scenic drive to Mount Vernon to tour George Washington’s estate (2:00–4:30 pm)
~ Return to DC hotel by 5:30

*Mall museums include the following:
National Gallery of Art (for European and American masterpieces)
Smithsonian’s Freer & Sackler galleries (for Asian art and the Peacock Room)
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art (for historic American objects and history behind the Star Spangled Banner, Abe Lincoln’s hat, Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers



Wandering Docent is NOT affiliated with the National Gallery of Art or any of the Smithsonian Museums.


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PRICE LIST

Tours at the National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, and Smithsonian American Art Museum

RATES vary by size of group -- we have a 6 person maximum

$160 for 1 person (for 1 hour)    $200 for 1 person (for 1.5 hour)
$200 for 2 people (for 1 hour)    $250 for 2 people (for 1.5 hour)
$240 for 3 people (for 1 hour)    $290 for 3 people (for 1.5 hour)
$280 for 4 people (for 1 hour)    $330 for 4 people (for 1.5 hour)
$320 for 5 people (for 1 hour)    $370 for 5 people (for 1.5 hour)
$350 for 6 people (for 1 hour)    $400 for 6 people (for 1.5 hour)Note: If there will be children in your group, please indicate their ages (for age-appropriate content) at the time of booking.

The Museum-and-Monument Day Tour

$600 for 1 person for an 8-hour tour
$650 for 2 people for an 8-hour tour
$700 for 3 people for an 8-hour tour
$800 for 4 people for an 8-hour tour
$850 for 5 people for an 8-hour tour
$900 for 6 people for an 8-hour tour

Cash or Charge or Venmo ~ We do not accept personal checks. Note: If there will be children in your group, please indicate their ages (for age-appropriate content) at the time of booking.

We do not provide, nor are we responsible for installing, infant car seats or booster seats for children.

Please call to schedule a tour. You will be asked to pay a small deposit. In addition to previous bookings, be aware there are black out dates during Special Events in DC. These may include not only annually scheduled festivals and parades, but also impromptu events such as protest rallies and victory marches that take place in the National’s Capital.

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