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Insta-Art at the National Gallery of Art 

ART SMART’s Instagram-inspired Art Hunt

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Insta-Art: ART SMART’s Instagram-inspired Art Hunt through the National Gallery of Art

Join ART SMART on an Insta-Art experience: an Instagram-based scavenger hunt and tour through the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC on October 7th from 2pm – 4pm. This tour through the NGA provides a mini art history overview by looking at ten key topics that help us make sense of the history of art. You might consider questions such as: How did the Impressionists permanently change the art market by striking out on their own? How have Greek Classical ideas influenced art through the ages and how do they continue to frame our general understanding of art today? What happened to realistic paintings in modern art? This engaging, interactive tour will provide those “aha” moments when it comes to understanding art history. Each object you find will be accompanied by witty bits of information that contextualize the art work and provide clues for where to find the next piece. You’ll encounter some of the most interesting and most memorable works of art at the NGA in a fun and educational way.   

The ticketed public tour at the NGA is divided into two parts: the hunt and the tour. You can choose whether you prefer to hunt alone or work with a small group of family or friends. The event starts with checking in with your art historian guide. From there, each individual or small group will start the hunt at a different object or work of art to avoid traffic jams and overcrowding at each work of art. For the hunt portion, you’ll interact with your tour guide via Instagram, by liking the images of your favorite objects and commenting with thoughts or questions. At the end of the hunt, your art historian guide will gather everyone together for a more in-depth tour of the group’s favorite objects found at the NGA, as well as the objects it was most curious about.  

You will need access to an Instagram account to participate in the hunt at the NGA, so if you do not have your own either bring along a friend who has one or let us help you create one ahead of time. As the Instagram account showing the photos is private, you’ll need to follow the account before the tour. Once you book the tour, you’ll receive a confirmation email that will provide our National Gallery of Art meeting location and further directions.


The combined hunt and tour will last two hours. Appropriate for adults and children ages 7 and up.

Insta-Art Hunt Tours are $20 per adult, $10 per child.

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Private tours for 1 - 4 people in your group booked online* are $190 per hour (a 5% discount over tours booked via email or phone). All tours have a two-hour minimum. Additional people and/or additional time have an additional fee. Museum admission needs to be added for each person. This is added during your booking. We will get your tickets ahead of time for you. So you can skip the lines.

* For those who need a bit more service via email and phone, our pricing is $200 per hour for 1 – 4 people. Larger groups are $50 per adult, $25 per child.