National Gallery of Art Announces Reopening of West Building on May 14, 2021

By Editorial Team on May 3, 2021

The West Building will reopen to the public on Friday, May 14. Daily hours will be 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and capacity will be limited to allow for social distancing. Free, timed passes will be required.

Visitors enjoy John Quidor’s The Return of Rip Van Winkle, 1849, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1942.8.10.

Passes will be released each Monday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week, starting on Monday, May 10. All previous health and safety guidelines and measures will remain in place, including requirements for masks, social distancing, and credit and debit card payments as well as enhanced cleanings. Visitors will be able to enter only through the 6th Street entrance, but all exits will be open.

Most galleries on both floors will be open, with limited exceptions for galleries that do not allow for social distancing. Visitors will find a new digital welcome kiosk pioneering touchless technology in the Rotunda, an installation of newly acquired works by Carrie Mae Weems in conversation with Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s The Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial (1900) in Gallery 66, and a new design and concept in the Garden Café.

The Sculpture Garden is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The East Building remains closed to the public at this time and will reopen in June, but visitors are invited to stop by the 4th Street entrance, where they will find Kay Rosen’s SORRY (2020–2021), a temporary installation designed to enliven the exterior space while the entrance undergoes renovations.

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