National Gallery of Art Opening Hours

National Gallery of Art Opening Hours

The National Gallery of Art opening hours are from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Monday through Saturday, and from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sundays.   The National Gallery of Art is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Fees at the National Gallery of Art

Entry is always free to all exhibits.

Food at the National Gallery of Art

Between the East Building and the West Building by a cascading waterfall are several options.  The Cascade Cafe, the Espresso and Gelato Bar, and the Garden Cafe.  The Garden Cafe serves a full lunch.  In the Sculpture Garden, across 7th Street, there is the Pavilion Cafe.

Restrooms at the National Gallery of Art

There are restrooms in both the East Building and the West Building.  There is also a restroom behind the Pavilion Cafe in the Sculpture Garden.

Handicapped Facilities at the National Gallery of Art

There are several entrances to the National Gallery.  Visitors with walking disabilities will find the entrance on Constitution Avenue to be the easiest option for the West Building.  The entrance to the East Building on 4th Street is also wheelchair accessible.  The entrance to the West Building on Madison Drive requires walking up many steps.

 Tours to the National Gallery of Art

One of the best ways to see the National Mall is to visit it as part of a tour.  Nonpartisan Pedicab offers tours of the National Mall and memorials that take approximately 2-3 hours.  Many guests say that this is the highlight of their trip to Washington DC.

Parking at the National Gallery of Art

There is metered 3 hour parking on Madison and Jefferson Drives that pass in front of many of the museums on the National Mall.  Make sure you read the signs, as not every parking spot on these two streets are available for the general public.  Never park in a handicapped spot on the National Mall.  You will get a ticket for $250.  There is also parking on some of the cross streets, such as 3rd, 4th, 7th and 14th Streets.  There are two commercial parking garages on 6th and C Streets NW, across Pennsylvania Avenue.

On-street parking on the National Mall is no longer free of charge.  Three hour parking is available at $2 per hour.  Parking meters only accept credit cards.

Metro to the National Gallery of Art

The nearest Metro station is the Archives/Navy Memorial metro stop on the Yellow and Green Lines.  Slightly further away is L’Enfant Plaza, which has the Orange/Blue/Silver/Green/Yellow lines.

Jazz in the Park

Every Friday afternoon in summer, there is a free music event in the Sculpture Garden between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM.  This event is very popular with locals.  More information can be found here.

More information

You can visit the National Gallery of Art website to plan your trip or find out more information.