National Gallery of Art promotes self-guided tours with new mobile app

Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art

Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art

By Lanie Rivera
Editor

The National Gallery of Art (NGA) encourages visitors to be their own tour guides.

NGA released “Your Art,” its new, free app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch last week.

The app allows visitors to explore the galleries through two self-guided tours. It also keeps consumers up to date with a list of events and exhibitions, images of various works housed at the museum, as well as visitor information.

And if you haven’t jumped onto the Apple bandwagon, NGA allows visitors to borrow one of 20 iPod Touches from the West Building Audio Tour Desk.

For more information, read this article by the Washington City Paper.

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National Gallery of Art to close for renovation

Photo by Lanie Rivera

                                Photo by Lanie Rivera

By Lanie Rivera
Editor

The National Gallery of Art announced a three-year long, $30 million renovation of the gallery’s East Building last month.

Some of Washington’s well-known philanthropic investors contributed funds to add new galleries, expand the building’s exhibition space by approximately 12,260 square feet and create a rooftop sculpture garden overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue.

The construction will gradually close the building’s modern art galleries as of this July, but the atrium and office buildings will remain open. Renovation will begin January 2014, just as the facility’s infrastructure remodel finishes.

The National Gallery campus buildings have been under construction since 1999, beginning with the reconstruction of the West Building’s infrastructure. Following that project, the building underwent a two-year renovation that ended in 2009.

Built in 1978, the East Building will follow suit with its much needed renovation project.

Photo by Lanie Rivera

Currently, the National Gallery of Art is repairing the East Building’s marble facade with $80 million of congressional funds. The marble began to fall away from the building, and in 2011 the gallery finally received the attention it needed. The new facade is expected to be finished by the end of this year.

See the full story here.