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ASL at the NGA, Sunday, May 8 and other ASL programs!



The National Gallery of Art ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the National Gallery Collection

The monthly ASL at the NGA tour is coming up on Sunday, May 8 at 1:00 pm.  The tour meets in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art.

The tour is also interpreted into spoken English so all are welcome!

NEW! Stories in Art sessions to be offered entirely in ASL this summer!
Stories in Art introduces children (ages 4 to 7) to artists through careful looking, storytelling, and hands-on experimentation. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children’s book, exploring one work of art in the galleries, and completing a simple, hands-on activity. Each program is approximately 60 minutes.

Summer Story Series: Discover Dutch Art
Would you like to visit the Netherlands this summer? Pack your imagination and travel to the National Gallery of Art! You’ll visit a windmill, sail the seas, discover mince pie, and listen to a concert. Participants learn about landscapes, still life, seascapes, and scenes of interior Dutch life by reading children’s books, looking at 17th-century Dutch art, and making a souvenir to document each adventure. You will receive a passport to the summer story series and a stamp for each program attended. If you collect all four stamps at the end of the summer, you will receive a prize!

Families who use ASL are invited to participate in sessions led by a deaf guide on the following dates:

Sunday, July 10 at 3:30
Sunday, July 17 at 3:30
Sunday, July 24 at 3:30
Sunday, July 31 at 3:30

Because this is a pilot program, families will be asked to register in advance.  More details on registration to come soon.  Please contact Lorena Baines at with any questions in the meantime!


ASL Video Tour
We now have a free self-guided ASL video tour available for use online and in the galleries!  The Director’s Tour (West Building highlights) has been interpreted into 27 ASL videos.  Stop by the Acoustiguide desk just inside the Mall entrance on Madison Avenue to check out an Acoustiguide device and receive written instructions on accessing the tour.

The videos can also now be viewed online!

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.govand click on the “Calendar” tab near the upper right corner.  Then contact Lorena Baines at or 202-842-6905 to arrange the use of ALDs.

To find more programs in ASL in the Washington, DC area, including museums and theaters, check out the Calendar of Events for the DC Arts & Access Network!