art with tosca

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art historian & Museum educator

Art with Tosca was founded in 2021 by Tosca Ruggieri, a French-Italian national living in Washington, D.C.

Growing up amongst the artistic treasures of North-Eastern France and Tuscany, art inspired Tosca from an early age. This led her to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History in Paris as well as a Master’s Degree in Art & Archaeology from EPHE-Sorbonne. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Arts & Cultural Management from King’s College London.

After a career in art galleries across London and teaching art history at French universities, Tosca embarked on creating Art with Tosca to share her passion for art. In D.C., Tosca crafts and leads curated tours of the National Gallery of Art, highlighting the museum’s collection of masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance to Modern masters.

Art with Tosca is on a mission to make art accessible, interesting and engaging by transporting guests through centuries of art, either from the comfort of home through numerous lectures and virtual events, or locally in Washington D.C. through the halls of the National Gallery of Art.



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If you didn’t find the answer to your question on the website, I invite you to read the FAQ. You will find questions frequently asked by visitors as well as several tips to prepare your stay in Washington D.C.

You can also contact me to ask me directly your question. I am always happy to help you plan your stay in the capital.

The National Gallery of Art is the third most visited museum in the USA, so it can be busy at any time. However, here are some tips to help you enjoy a more peaceful visit:

  • Avoid Saturdays and Long Weekends: These times tend to be busier, especially during national holidays.
  • Visit on Weekdays: Weekdays are generally less crowded than weekends.
  • Arrive Early: Visiting right when the museum opens at 10am allows you to enjoy the exhibits with fewer people around and a serene atmosphere.
  • Check for Special Events: Be aware of special exhibitions or events that might draw larger crowds and plan accordingly.

Following these tips can help you have a more enjoyable and relaxed experience at the National Gallery of Art.

Private Tours
  • Exclusive Attention: Your guide is dedicated solely to you, whether you’re a couple, a family, or with friends.
  • Customizable Group Composition: Organize a private group tour with your family, friends, school class, association members, or company employees. You define the group’s composition.
  • Personalized Experience: Choose the date, timing, and specific focus of the tour to suit your interests.
Small Group Tours
  • Pre-Scheduled: Follow a predetermined schedule set in advance and published, such as on our website.
  • Mixed Participants: Join other individual travelers at a common meeting point. You won’t know the other participants beforehand.
  • Standard Experience: The guide follows a set itinerary, providing a comprehensive tour experience for all participants.

For a more intimate and engaging experience, we limit our small group tours to a maximum of 10 participants. This ensures that everyone has the opportunity to ask questions, interact with the guide, and fully appreciate the artworks without feeling crowded. Additionally, smaller groups allow us to be mindful of other visitors in the museum, ensuring a pleasant experience for all. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a few friends, joining a small group tour offers a personalized and enriching exploration of the museum.

We can accommodate Private Tours for up to 15 people.

It depends on the type of tour you wish to attend. Our Small Group Tours are priced per person and our Private Tours are priced per tour, inclusive up to 5 people.
If your group is larger than 5 people, get in touch for a quote!

To secure your preferred tour date, I highly recommend booking as early as possible. My schedule fills up quickly,especially during peak seasons like cherry blossom season (around March) and the holiday period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Ideally, aim to book at least one month in advance.

However, if you’re looking for a tour in the next few days, don’t hesitate to inquire! While my availability may be limited,I’ll do my absolute best to accommodate your request and provide you with a memorable guided tour.

Private guided tours are an excellent option for corporate meetings and team-building events. With my extensive experience leading tours for esteemed groups such as BCG, top law firms, tech giants like Google, and other consulting groups, I offer unique, engaging, and educational experiences that foster teamwork and inspiration. These tailored tours provide a refreshing break from the office, allowing teams to bond over shared interests in art and culture while gaining new perspectives and insights. Enhance your corporate event with a memorable museum tour that combines learning, networking, and enjoyment in a culturally rich setting.

Contact me today to discuss your team’s needs and create a customized experience that will leave a lasting impression!

At Art With Tosca, I specialize in tours focused on Fine Arts and Decorative Arts. While my expertise lies in these areas, I would be delighted to recommend fellow tour guides in D.C. who specialize in tours of the monuments and American history. Feel free to reach out, and I’ll point you in the right direction for an exceptional historical tour experience.

Most tours are between 2 to 3 hours, although can be longer depending upon what we decide best meets your individual needs. All tour durations are estimates and will vary depending on walking pace of the group, snack & restroom stops, photo ops, etc.

Yes, I do. I am a licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide.

Absolutely! Our tours are designed to be engaging and enjoyable for visitors of all ages. As a seasoned art historian and museum educator, I tailor each tour to ensure that children and adults alike can appreciate and learn from the artworks. Through interactive storytelling, hands-on activities, and age-appropriate explanations, I make the art come alive for young minds while also providing deep insights for adults. Families will find our tours to be a delightful and enriching way to explore the museums together, creating lasting memories and sparking a lifelong interest in art and culture.