The Ice Rink - National Gallery of Art

Ice Skating At The National Gallery of Art

The Ice Rink is Open for the season!

The 2017-2018 ice-skating season at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink will begin November 18 and continue through March 11, 2018, weather permitting. Located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, the ice rink is a favorite DC destination, each year attracting thousands of visitors

The experience of skating in the Sculpture Garden, surrounded by the grand architecture of national museums and monuments, is enhanced by splendid views of large-scale sculptures by modern and contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, Tony Smith, and others from the Gallery's renowned collection.

Want to learn to skate or touch up on your skating moves?  We offer classes to improve any level of skater.  We also offer hockey lessons taught by professional hockey players.  More information

Admission Fees
(Two consecutive sessions:  Each session starts on the hour.  Actual ice skating time totals 1.5 hours since the ice is resurfaced after 45 minutes every hour.)

$9.00 Adults
$8.00 Children (ages 12 and under)
$8.00 Students with ID
$8.00 Seniors (age 50 and over)
$195.00 Season Pass (to purchase on-line, click here)
  (valid for all hours the ice rink is open except 10-11 a.m. on Saturdays)

Discounts and birthday party packages are available for groups of 10 or more, For general information, announcements, or to arrange a group visit call 202-216-9397.  To inquire about a birthday party in the cafe, please email

Skate and Locker Rentals
Skate Rental: $3.50 (ID required)
Locker Rental: $ .50 ($5.00 deposit required)

Skating Lessons and Registration 

Tips for Visitors to the Ice Rink
Layered, warm clothing that does not restrict movement, gloves, and helmets (for beginners) are recommended.

Metered parking is available on Madison Drive (adjacent to the ice rink) 7days a week, with a three-hour limit, as well as on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street surrounding the rink. Please check all street signs, as restrictions vary daily and are subject to change.

The nearest Metrorail stops are Judiciary Square on the Red Line, Archives–Penn Quarter–Navy Memorial on the Yellow/Green Lines, and Smithsonian on the Blue/Orange Lines. Metrobus stops are located on 4th Street and 7th Street NW.

Ice Rink Hours of Operation

For safety reasons, The National Gallery of Art Ice Rink will be closed when it rains or when the temperature dips below 20°F.

Please follow for weather updates affecting group skating classes.

Winter Season
mid-November through mid-March

(weather permitting)

Mon - Thu:  10 am - 9 pm
Fri:                10 am - 11 pm
Sat:                11 am - 11 pm
(Sat: 10 am - 11 am - Group Learn-to-Skate Lessons Only)
Sun:               11 am - 9 pm

During the evening, when the Gallery and Sculpture Garden close to the public, access to the ice rink is restricted to the entrances at Constitution Avenue near 7th Street and Madison Drive near 9th Street.

Closed Dec 25 and Jan 1

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