Visitor Guidelines

Storing Personal Items

There is a coat closet at the Museum to store personal items. Umbrellas, large bags, and backpacks are not permitted in the Museum. These items must be stored in the coat closet or left in your vehicle. We are not able to store luggage.

Notebooks, sketchpads pens, pencils, and markers are prohibited in the galleries. Strollers are not permitted inside the Museum, but are welcome on the paved portions of the Sculpture Garden.

Group Visits

Groups of 8 or more must make reservations in advance. Call (202) 337-3050 x310 or email to schedule a group visit. A non-refundable check of $10 per person ($8 for seniors 65+ and students) is due two weeks in advance of a scheduled tour. More information is available here.


Non-flash photography for personal use is allowed at the Museum, except where otherwise noted. No photoshoots or commercial photography are permitted anywhere in the Museum or on Museum grounds. Tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, separate/detachable flash units, or other large photographic accessories are not allowed

Museum staff may limit any photography that does not comply with this policy, endangers works of art, or disrupts the experience of other Museum visitors. If you have questions, please contact the Head of Public Relations for more information at or (202) 337-3050 x315.

For press requests, please contact the Head of Public Relations during business hours by phone at (202) 337-3050 x315 or e-mail at


The main floor of the Museum, the Sculpture Terrace, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. The Museum has a limited number of wheelchairs available to use during your visit. Please note that a companion is needed to push wheelchairs. Paved portions of the Sculpture Garden are wheelchair accessible, and can be accessed via the Garden Gate in the forecourt.

Reaching the lower galleries requires navigating approximately 30 stairs, and a wheelchair is available for use in the lower level galleries. There is no elevator.

Please call to reserve a wheelchair or if you have any concerns or special needs. We will make every effort to accommodate them.


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