Rate it!! “The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink will reopen on November 19”

picture by Pablo Raw

Excerpt from a press release:

“The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink will reopen on November 19, marking the return of a beloved winter activity following the cancellation of last year’s season. Located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, the rink will remain open until March 6, weather permitting.

Operated by Guest Services Inc., the Sculpture Garden Rink invites visitors to skate surrounded by national museums as well as large-scale sculptures by modern and contemporary artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Tony Smith, Roy Lichtenstein and Roxy Paine.

To celebrate the return of ice skating to the Museum of Fine Arts, visitors who purchase skating time on November 19, 20 or 21 will receive a free cup of hot chocolate from the Pavilion Café.


courtesy of the National Gallery of Art

Hours and prices of the ice rink

The rink will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. After the National Gallery closes at 5:00 p.m., visitors will only be able to access the rink through the Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive entrances near 9th Street.

Skating sessions start every hour. Two 45-minute sessions are $10 for adults and children 13 and older or $9 for adults 60 and older, children 12 and under, military, and students with ID valid school. Skaters can purchase season passes for $225 and secure unique winter training.

Skate rentals are $5 and lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The rink will be closed in the event of rain or extreme temperatures. The National Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed on December 25 and January 1. For general information and announcements about rink openings and closings, visit nga.gov/skating or call (202) 216-9397.

Skating lessons and group packages

As in the past, Guest Services, Inc. offers skating lessons for all ages, led and taught by Emme Porter, Bruce Porter Jr. and their team of Washington Elite Skating School instructors. Emme Porter has over 20 years of skating and coaching experience in all skating disciplines and is a national and international ice dance competitor. Bruce Porter, also a national and international figure skating and ice dancing competitor, has over 10 years of experience teaching hockey, ice dancing and court movements.

Group lessons are available for all ages and abilities, as are private lessons and group packages for schools or special events. Visitors can find more details and registration information on the Pavilion Café website or by calling (202) 216-9397 beginning Nov. 19.

Coffee Pavilion

With panoramic views of the sculpture garden and a seasonal menu of freshly made soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and desserts, the Pavilion Café is a perfect addition to any ice rink visit. Drinks include coffee, tea, hot chocolate, wine, beer and specialty coffee drinks as well as seasonal treats such as mulled cider, mulled wine and pumpkin spice lattes with flavored whipped cream. A children’s menu is also available for children under 12 years old.

For more information about the Pavilion Café, visit nga.gov/cafes or call (202) 289-3360.

Security protocols

Masks are not required in the outdoor sculpture garden or on the ice rink, but are required inside the Pavilion Café. The ice skates are disinfected after each use. The National Gallery and Guest Services Inc. will continue to monitor CDC guidelines and recommendations from local and federal jurisdictions and may update visitor guidelines accordingly.

Ice rink opening hours

From Friday November 19, 2021 to March 6, 2022 (weather permitting)
Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

When the National Gallery closes at 5:00 p.m., access to the rink is limited to the Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive entrances near 9th Street.

The rink will be closed in the event of rain or extreme temperatures. We are closed on December 25 and January 1. For general information and announcements about rink openings and closings, call (202) 216-9397.

Mildred D. Field