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We believe art is the jumping off point into a whole world of expression and ideas. Each Hirshhorn tour is a conversation, rather than a lesson, and is led by enthusiastic Gallery Guides who are also artists and educators. Expect to encounter surprising new connections between you and the challenging and striking art of our time.


We offer daily guided tours at 12:30 and 3:30 pm. Gallery Guides create unique tours that both provide context for the artworks and encourage visitors to participate in the conversation.

Interested in a deeper dive? Join us at 12:30 pm for ART BREAK to spend an hour connecting artworks across a common thread.

Short on time? Join us at 3:30 pm for THREE/THIRTY to explore three artworks in thirty minutes.

All tours are free and open to everyone. Joining is easy, just meet our Gallery Guides at the Welcome Desk in the Lobby. No reservations are necessary.


We welcome groups of all sizes to visit the Hirshhorn and explore at their own pace. Please see the Visit page to learn more about visiting the museum.


We welcome groups of 10 to 30 people for guided group tours. Please fill out the Tour Request Form at least one month in advance to allow us to create a tour just for you. Your group may select from the following choices:

  • Highlights Tour: Highlights tours at the Hirshhorn aren’t just a standard top 5 list. We craft unique highlights tours that are an intersection between your interests and the Gallery Guide’s expertise. Tours thematically connect artworks across exhibitions.
  • Exhibition Tour: There is always something new on view at the Hirshhorn! Take a look at our current and upcoming exhibitions and select one your group would like to explore closely.


To help keep students and art safe, chaperones should plan to accompany student groups at all times. Teachers and chaperones are encouraged to fully participate in the tour and are responsible for their students’ behavior. We ask for:

Grades Pre K–2: 1 adult per 5 students

Grades 3–6: 1 adult per 10 students

Grades 7–12: 1 adult per 15 students


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