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Washington DC Art & Design School Trips & Tours

Spectacular art can be seen in the US capital with dozens of world class museums and galleries to be found here, whilst the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museums are second to none. 

During an art study tour to Washington DC, a visit to the Smithsonian Institution to see some of the world’s greatest works of art spread across a number of themed museums and sculpture gardens is a must! For sketching and photography opportunities, the Washington Monument provides great city views and is the perfect place to sketch. In addition to the many galleries, temporary exhibits around Washington DC also bring in exceptional art, giving groups a diverse choice of educational visits.

Alternatively, view the rest of our USA school trips.

Prices start from£1079pp

Price Shown includes

  • 4 nights’ room only accommodation
  • Return flights and overseas airport transfers
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from selected departure points and is subject to availability

On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Airport assistance during check-in, security and gate checks on your outbound flight from the UK
  • Airport assistance when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices


Popular options in Washington DC

Top visits

National Gallery of Art

A huge collection of Old Masters makes the National Gallery a must-see. Works by Rembrandt, Botticelli and Titian are on display along with the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas.

National Portrait Gallery

The portraits of Presidents and notable Americans are on permanent display. Works such as the ‘Lansdowne’ portrait of George Washington are among its many highlights.


Smithsonian American Art Museum

Covering a wide variety of themes and movements of American Art with notable works by O’Keefe, Hopper and Homer.


Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Located beside the National Mall, the striking museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution and focuses on contemporary and modern art from the last 50 years.


Walking Tour - Historical Sites

Half day tour with a local guide covering all the major historical sites and monuments:

  • Jefferson Memorial
  • FDR Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • WWII Memorial
  • The White House (exterior)

National Museum of American History

Traces the country’s development in an entertaining and fairly lighthearted manner.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

With a mission to be ‘dedicated to art and used solely for the purpose of encouraging the American genius’, the museum is the largest privately supported cultural institution in Washington DC and focuses on American Art.

Evening activites

  • A quiz or disco at your hotel (most hotels can provide a room for groups to use in the evenings)


We can arrange for your group to fly from a range of UK airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
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