>> Picture This!

Tours for People with Low Vision and Who Are Blind at the National Gallery of Art

Picture This tours incorporate vibrant verbal description with information about works of art.

July tours will take place on Wednesday, July 24 and Saturday, July 27. Come be refreshed as we explore people at their Leisure in Art.

July tours meet at 1:00 in the Rotunda of the West Building and last about an hour. The program is free; no registration is required. Everyone is welcome!

  • For more information or to receive web links to works that will be described on the tour in advance, contact Lorena Bradford at access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905.
  • Verbally described tours are also available by request with 3 weeks’ notice by e-mailing access@nga.gov.

Use the entrance at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue for easiest access to the West Building Rotunda.


Co-sponsored by the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington



Please join us this month at the National Portrait Gallery for Portrait InSight, a program for visitors who are blind or have low vision. These 60-minute, verbally described tours tell stories about the Americans who have shaped the history and culture of this country through the museum’s unique collection of portraits. This month, Portrait InSight takes place:

Saturday, July 13th at 12:00 noon, and
Thursday, July 18th at 2:00 pm

Saturday’s tour requires registration by emailing jonesve@si.edu by the previous Friday morning, while Thursday’s tour is walk-in.

Both tours will take place in the exhibition, Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today, which draws primarily from the National Portrait Gallery’s vast collection of self-portraits to explore how American artists have chosen to portray themselves since the beginning of the last century. It will include a discussion of the following two portraits:


Older woman in the nude seated in a striped chair
Alice Neel Self-Portrait, 1980


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Lee Simonson, Self-Portrait, 1912


For more information visithttp://npg.si.edu/learn/access-programs.


Location: The National Portrait Gallery is located between 7th and 9th Streets, and F and G Streets. The closest Metro station is Gallery Place/Chinatown. Please meet in the G Street lobby.



>> ASL Video Tour of the East Building Highlights

In addition to the Director’s Tour of West Building highlights, we also feature 36 ASL videos with highlights of the newly reopened East Building!  The tour can be viewed on personal devices, both on- and offsite, at



The West Building ASL video tour is still available at

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/audio-video/video/asl.html, too.


>> Assistive Listening Devices Available

ALDs are available for use on any public tour with three weeks’ advance notice if possible.  To view a full listing of tours visit www.nga.gov and click on the “Calendar” tab near the upper right corner.  Then contact Lorena Bradford at access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905 to arrange the use of ALDs.


To find other accessible programs and performances in the DC metro area, check out the calendar posted at the DC Arts & Access Network!  http://www.dcaan.org/


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