National Gallery of Art Offers Free Permanent Collection Audio Tours for Adults and Children

. January 23, 2011 . 0 Comments

The National Gallery is now offering audio tours of its renowned permanent collection for adults and children on new equipment with color screens and high-quality sound—free of charge for the first time in the Gallery’s history.

The Director’s Tour for adults features Gallery experts insights into the collections many masterpieces. Highlights of this tour are offered in a variety of languages. Last summer, the Gallery also introduced a childrens audio tour designed especially for ages 7–12, exploring 50 paintings in the West Building.

These audio tours allow visitors to enjoy the Gallery at their own pace, selecting works of interest as they go, and deciding the length of time they spend with each object. The new, improved audio tour equipment from Acoustiguide gives visitors a choice between touch screen and button-based models.

Audio tours are available to pick up at the West Building Mall entrance. For group reservations of audio tours (10 or more), please call (202) 842-6592. For more information, please visit

Image: Leonardo da Vinci’s Ginevra de’ Benci (c. 1474/1478), one of the works explored by the Gallery’s free audio tours. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund.

Category: Fine Art

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