Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is the only museum of its kind in the United States to reflect the connection between American history, biography and art. It tells the multifaceted story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture.

Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, we celebrate leaders such as George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr., artists such as Mary Cassatt and George Gershwin, activists such as Sequoyah and Rosa Parks, and icons of pop culture such as Babe Ruth and Marilyn Monroe. They all link us to our past, our present and our future. For anyone fascinated by famous Americans and their stories, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is a must–visit destination.

11:30 am - 7:00 pm daily, Closed December 25
Thru Dec. 31Explore! With the NPG
Thru Nov. 3Recent Acquisitions
Thru Nov. 17Portraits of the World: Korea Exhibition
Tue, Wed, Thu & FriStory Time in our Explore! Family Space
Thru Jan. 5, 2020Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
Thru Mar. 29, 2020In Mid-Sentence
Thru May. 8, 2022Storied Women of the Civil War Era
Thru May. 31, 2020Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits
Thru May. 17, 2020One Life: Marian Anderson
Sep. 20 & 27Open Studio
Sep. 20 & 27Conversation Circles
Sep. 20 – Nov. 29Conversation Circles
Sep. 21 & 22Portrait Story Days: Celia Cruz
Sep. 21 & Nov. 16Portrait InSight
Sep. 21 – Nov. 30Portrait Discovery Kits
Mon. Sep 23Young Portrait Explorers: Celia Cruz
Thu. Sep 26REMIX: The Future is Female
Sep. 26 – Nov. 23Portrait Signs
Sat. Sep 28¡Muévete! Hispanic Heritage Month Community Day
Sat. Sep 28March on Washington Film Festival: The Me I Want to Sing
Sun. Sep 29Portrait Story Days: José Limón
Sun. Sep 29Curator Tour—Storied Women of the Civil War
Oct. 1 & Nov. 5Portraiture 101
Thu. Oct 3In Focus: The Four Justices
Oct. 5 & 6Portrait Story Days: Dolores Huerta
Tue. Oct 8Strike A Prose: Writing for Justice (non-fiction)
Oct. 9 & Nov. 12See Me at the Portrait Gallery
Thu. Oct 10Women of Color: The Power of Protest Native American Women Activists: Resistance, Resilience, and Passing the Torch
Oct. 12 & 13Portrait Story Days: Frida Kahlo
Oct. 13 & 28Young Portrait Explorers: Frida Kahlo
Oct. 15 & 18Strike a Prose: Crafting Dialogue (fiction)
Sat. Oct 19Portrait Story Days: Pedro Martinez
Oct. 22 & 25Strike a Prose: Write from Your Soul (cross-genre)
Oct. 24 – Nov. 23Portrait Signs
Sun. Oct 27Curator Tour – The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today
Nov. 1 – 29Open Studio
Nov. 1 – 29Conversation Circles
Sat. Nov 2Día de los Muertos
Nov. 2 & 3Portrait Story Days: American Indian Heritage Month - Pocahontas
Nov. 6 & 9Drawn to Figures: How to Draw Hands
Thu. Nov 7In Focus: Chief Joseph
Nov. 9 & 10Portrait Story Days: American Indian Heritage Month - Sequoyah
Nov. 13 & 16Drawn to Figures: How to Draw Feet
Thu. Nov 14Women of Color: The Power of Protest Ain’t I A Woman: Activism, Legacy and Our Quest for Justice
Nov. 18 & 25Young Portrait Explorers: American Indian Heritage Month
Tue. Nov 19Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion
Sat. Nov 23Morning with the Girl Scouts
Nov. 23 & 24Portrait Story Days: American Indian Heritage Month - Sitting Bull
Sat. Nov 30Portrait Story Days: American Indian Heritage Month - Zitkala-Ša


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