Rate it!! “The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink will reopen on November 26”

picture by Pablo Raw

From the National Gallery of Art:

“The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink will be will reopen for the season on Saturday November 26 and will remain open until March 5, 2023, time permitting. The rink is located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW.

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.

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 need to use the Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive entrances near 9th Street to access the rink.

Skating sessions start on time and last 45 minutes, leaving a 15 minute break for ice maintenance. Two consecutive sessions are $12 for adults and children 13 and older or $9 for adults 60 and older, children 12 and under, military, and students with valid school ID . Skaters can purchase season passes for $225 for unique winter training. Skate rentals are $6 and lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $1.

The rink will be closed in the event of rain or extreme temperatures. The National Gallery and the Sculpture Garden are closed on December 25 and January 1. For general information and announcements about rink closures, 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. At nga.gov/skating, visitors can find more details and register starting Nov. 1. Visitors can also sign up to receive email reminders about class registration and rink promotions.

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.

Mildred D. Field