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    DC National Gallery of Art Tour

    Deconstruct your understanding of what an art tour ought to be. This romp through the National Gallery of Art will take all notions of sophistication, and distort them like a fragmented, non-rectilinear shape. You’ll be introduced to some of the most famous pieces of gallery art in the world alongside a guide who is equal parts insight and whimsy. That means interaction, a lot of gossip, and a pace that doesn’t give you time to rub your chin thoughtfully while pretending to be lost in thought. You’ll play games along the way, acting out paintings, and maybe participating in a scavenger hunt. The tour is littered with facts and stories about the paintings and their artists, stripping away all of the pretension and getting to know them in a more human light. Finally, an art tour with some color.
    DC National Gallery of Art Tour

    6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington

    • Explore the National Gallery of Art on an unorthodox tour filled with humor and games
    • Get to know some of the most revered works of art and artists the world has ever known
    • Learn from a highly knowledgeable guide who will keep you laughing and moving at the same time
    • Expand your appreciation and understanding of art, while letting your eccentric side out to play
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    Small Group National Gallery of Art Tour

    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. 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!
    Small Group National Gallery of Art Tour

    6th and Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC

    • See the National Gallery of Art on a small group tour led by an art historian
    • Enjoy works by artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Jan van Eyck and J.M.W. Turner
    • Find masterpieces and discover hidden gems throughout this wonderful gallery
    • Learn how the collection has evolved during its over 70 year existence
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    National Gallery of Art Tour

    Get the most out of your visit to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC with this small-group tour guided by an art historian. See the highlights of the West Building, including masterpieces from artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. Walk through an underground light sculpture installation, and stroll around the Sculpture Garden that includes works by Joan Miró and Roy Lichtenstein. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide. Your small-group tour begins on the steps of the neoclassical-style National Gallery of Art building. Take photos and listen as your guide gives you a brief introduction to the many landmarks of the National Mall and the history of the National Gallery of Art, which was established in 1937 largely due to artistic and monetary gifts by financier Andrew Mellon. Follow your guide into the museum's West Building, which houses pieces ranging from medieval European works to 19th-century American paintings. Through your individual headset, hear your guide talk about the development of major genres such as still-life, portraiture and landscape. Admire paintings by legends including Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. Your guide ensures that you see the most important artworks and understand their significance. In addition to exploring the French, Italian, Dutch and Impressionist sections of the West Building, marvel at the moving walkway art installation in the tunnel between the West and East buildings — a complex, computer-programmed light sculpture by artist Leo Villareal named Multiverse. Finally, wander around the 6-acre (2-hectare) Sculpture Garden, which features pieces by famous 20th-century American and European artists such as Mark di Suvero, Roy Lichtenstein, Sol LeWitt and Joan Miró. Your 2.5-hour tour concludes in the Sculpture Garden, where you can continue to explore on your own.
    National Gallery of Art Tour

    National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

    • Explore the National Gallery of Art and see the masterpieces from the legendary artists
    • Enjoy listening to a guide who will give you unique insight into the area and the art
    • Hear your guide discuss the development of major genres like still-life, portraiture, and landscape
    • Wander around the sculpture garden and explore on your own the home to many famous works
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    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Tour

    Explore the very best of the staggering collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC on this morning or afternoon tour. See museum highlights including the Milestones of Flight hall, Apollo Lunar Module, Wright Brothers Exhibition Hall and World War II Aviation Exhibition Hall. Through personal headsets, listen to your guide share lively anecdotes about the displays. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people (or 12 people with upgrade) for a more relaxed, interactive experience. Meet your guide at the main entrance to Washington DC's Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and listen to a brief overview of the attraction-packed National Mall. Follow your guide into the huge museum for your small-group tour. Covering more than 160,000 square feet (45,000 square meters), the museum holds the world's largest collection of historical aircraft and space vehicles. Since the museum can get noisy, individual headsets make it easy to hear your guide. Your informative guide helps you appreciate the significance of the museum displays with fascinating stories and makes sure you don't miss any highlights. Learn about the origins of air flight at the Wright Brothers exhibition and about how world wars and other conflicts spurred the development of new air technology as you tour the WWI and WWII aviation galleries. Hear about how the Cold War drove the Space Race, and see the Apollo Lunar Module, several special orbiters and the Skylab Orbital Workshop. Be prepared for a lot of walking on your tour and be sure to have your camera handy to take photos of the world-famous aircraft and spacecraft you see. Your 3-hour tour concludes in the museum so you can continue exploring its incredible collection on your own.
    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Tour

    600 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC

    • See the staggering collection of aircrafts at the National Air and Space Museum
    • Enjoy learning from your guide as you thoroughly uncover the attraction-packed National Mall
    • Cover more than 160,000 square feet while wearing headsets to help you hear your guide
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    First Fridays

    Lots of towns have First Fridays. But few towns have First Fridays like DC’s Dupont. Join Hillyer Art Space, one of several other galleries who form a community. This community of art spaces is very special in that they change their installations in sync -- all on the same day (yes, the First Friday) of every month. So what’s in it for you? Well, where do we start? First of all, you get to view beautiful art for an entire evening. This can and should be the first stop of many galleries -- and the great thing is, they’re all close by. Secondly, because this art was all placed on the same day, you will be part of an insider community of people who get to see the freshest art in DC, possibly the first time many of these installments have been up. So it’s a great crowd, whether you’re an admirer or an art buyer trying to begin the next big collection. THIRDMOST, this is such a special event in that it garners community, artistic understanding, and great conversation. That’s a lot for such a low price. What a bargain. If you’re not convinced by this point, you clearly don’t even belong in a gallery. You’re probably just one of those rebel-without-a-cause types who just sits through great advice and then does the opposite, in which case you should probably NOT click the button that says “book now.”
    First Fridays

    9 Hillyer Ct NW, Washington

    • Strengthen local arts and culture in the beautiful, multi-cultural neighborhood of Dupont Circle
    • Join art enthusiasts from all walks of life in a well-connected community of galleries
    • See what’s new in the art world as the freshest installments deck the walls during simultaneous openings
    • Circulate between neighborhood galleries which host an ever-changing array of styles and media
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