National Gallery of Art -- East Building
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National Gallery of Art East Building
Madison Dr. & 4th St. NW
Telephone: 202.737.4215
Admission: Free
Museum Hours: Monday through Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Closed December 25 and New Year's Day.

Twentieth-century art and a changing series of special exhibitions are shown in the East Building. The main auditorium and East Building sales shop are on the Concourse Level, and the Terrace Café is on the Upper Level.

Gallery Regulations

Parcels, briefcases, knapsacks, and umbrellas must be checked. Guards will enforce rules against touching works of art. Visitors may not use fluid ink pens. Smoking, food, and drink are forbidden in exhibition areas.


Photographing works of art for personal purposes, using a hand-held camera, is allowed with or without a flash, unless otherwise posted.

Art Information Locations

East Building Art Information Desk, Ground Level, central court.

Free Tours, Lectures, Films, Concerts

Information and schedules may be obtained at the Art Information Desks or from the Calendar of Events, which will be mailed on request.

Sales Shops

East Building special exhibition catalogues, posters, and other materials related to special exhibitions.

Cafés and Buffet

East Building Upper Level: Terrace Café

Restrooms and Telephones

Near the entrance lobbies and restaurant areas.

First Aid

Guards will direct visitors to the Health Unit.

Services for Disabled Visitors


East Building 4th Street

Parking areas, ramps and elevators provide access to public areas and galleries; please refer to floor plans of East and West Buildings.

Listening assisted devices for use in the Large Auditorium are available at the Art Information Desk in the East Building.

Wheelchairs and strollers

Available at the entrances.

Note: The installation of galleries is often subject to change, and certain works of art are not always on view.

Text by The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
© Copyright Thaddeus O. Cooper 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000