Museum Hack: Un-Highlights Tour of the National Gallery Of Art - in Washington DC - LikeALocal Guide

Museum Hack: Un-Highlights Tour of the National Gallery Of Art

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See the National Gallery of Art in a whole new light with our highly interactive, subversive, fun, non-traditional museum tour!

Duration: 2 hours
    Available in
  • English
I scheduled the Un-Highlights tour at the National Gallery of Art in Washington as a birthday gift for my wife (a PhD candidate in History). Neither one of us have more than a pedestrian knowledge of art or the art world. Simply put, this tour blew us both away.

Erich, our tour guide, texted us well ahead of the start time to arrange our meeting point. Once we met up, there were some quick introductions and ice breakers and the tour was on its way. Erich led us from gallery to gallery, stopping to discuss both the history behind the subjects of some of the paintings, as well as the story behind how some of the art came to be in possession of the gallery. The tour was interactive, with games and activities that were a total hoot.

The amount of knowledge Erich was able to drop was astounding and it was clear that he's an individual both with a passion for art and an intimate knowledge of the museum. The content was salacious, but always presented in a way that was respectful of both the art and the gallery. I would highly recommend the tour (and Erich as a guide). This will not be our last Museum Hack experience.
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Highlights

  • Visit the National Gallery of Art
  • See the museum in a whole new light
  • Enjoy a museum tour unlike any other

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Description

Made for museum lovers and skeptics alike, our Un-Highlights tour of the National Gallery of Art will show you a side of the National Gallery you’ve never seen before! Join our renegade tour guides on a high-energy, two-hour group tour through these historic halls with a “tasting menu” approach as you learn the crazy true stories behind a selection of art across the National Gallery of Art’s collection. This is not your grandma’s museum tour.

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Meeting point

Meet your Museum Hack tour guide inside the Constitution Street entrance of the National Gallery of Art (accessed at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue). Your guide will be holding a MUSEUM HACK sign. (National Gallery of Art )

Reviews from travellers (2)

5.0/5

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Amazing Experience
I scheduled the Un-Highlights tour at the National Gallery of Art in Washington as a birthday gift for my wife (a PhD candidate in History). Neither one of us have more than a pedestrian knowledge of art or the art world. Simply put, this tour blew us both away.

Erich, our tour guide, texted us well ahead of the start time to arrange our meeting point. Once we met up, there were some quick introductions and ice breakers and the tour was on its way. Erich led us from gallery to gallery, stopping to discuss both the history behind the subjects of some of the paintings, as well as the story behind how some of the art came to be in possession of the gallery. The tour was interactive, with games and activities that were a total hoot.

The amount of knowledge Erich was able to drop was astounding and it was clear that he's an individual both with a passion for art and an intimate knowledge of the museum. The content was salacious, but always presented in a way that was respectful of both the art and the gallery. I would highly recommend the tour (and Erich as a guide). This will not be our last Museum Hack experience.
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Guaranteed to make you enjoy art in a new way!
A great way to cap off our week in DC! The Nat'l Gallery of Art is a dauntingly large place, with mostly European art. My teenager was not thrilled at the prospect of spending 2 hours there. But our tour guide Caroline was speedy and informative, and she kept everyone engaged... there literally was no time for eyes to glaze over or roll. We loved the re-creation activities, and the opportunity to nominate characters in artworks for various superlative awards (best legs, cutest couple, etc.). It helps too that I won a prize for my creative response. It was a terrific way to really enjoy the museum in a new way!

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4.9/5

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Best decision of our trip
I was in NYC to celebrate my good friends birthday and she really wanted to spend some time at the Met, but we didn't have all day. Thanks to the great reviews on Trip Advisors we decided to book a Museum Hack tour. Best decision of the trip so far. We met up with Frank by the pharaoh and the fun began. Frank dodged the crowds like a native New Yorker, and soon had us standing in front of a beautiful painting by Lorenzo Lotto: Venus and Cupid. Normally I would have looked at this painting, thought "oh beautiful" and moved along. But Frank took the time to explain the subtext in a way that would make the recently departed Hugh Hefner proud. From there we zig zagged through galleries, viewed art and artifacts, played games, and were the envy of all the people on the boring tours. Finally, Frank claimed he was no expert, but I think I learned more about art, having fun, chasing your dream(even if it includes Lion's in Mexico) in two hours than I ever did in my art appreciation course in college. I can't wait to book a tour of our local museum!
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Awesome
I cannot recommend this group enough! I took a date on the VIP tour of the Met and loved it. Anna and Kylie were so much fun, hilarious, and very knowledgeable. I simply cannot say enough positive things about the experience.
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Fascinating
After several failed attempts and cancellations (due to flu attacks) my husband and I finally went on the MET VIP tour. I must mention that Christine at the help desk was very empathetic and changed our tickets last minute - twice.
Based on reviews and friends recommendations we expected a great tour and were not disappointed. Everything was perfectly organized from the first minute to the last, Scott and Jim, our hilariously entertaining guides made sure that there were no dull moments. We learned a lot of fun facts and background stories about countless pieces on exhibit and even the museum building itself that most visitors (including regulars) will never hear.
Absolutely loved the tour and shall return!
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