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. 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
Nov. 15 – 29Conversation Circles
Nov. 15 – 29Open Studio
Sat. Nov 16Portrait InSight
Sat. Nov 16Drawn to Figures: How to Draw Feet
Nov. 16 – 30Portrait Discovery Kits
Nov. 18 & 25Young Portrait Explorers: American Indian Heritage Month
Tue. Nov 19Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion
Nov. 21 & 23Portrait Signs
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
Dec. 1 – 29Portrait Discovery Kits
Thu. Dec 5In Focus: Indra Nooyi
Dec. 6 – 27Conversation Circles
Dec. 6 – 27Open Studio
Sun. Dec 8A Very Special Holiday with Marian Anderson
Sun. Dec 8Curator Tour–One Life: Marian Anderson
Dec. 8 – 29Portrait Story Days
Dec. 9 & 16Young Portrait Explorers: Marian Anderson
Wed. Dec 11See Me at the Portrait Gallery
Sun. Dec 15Curator Tour–Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
Tue. Dec 17Roundtable with Women Leaders of the Smithsonian
Wed. Dec 18Working Women: The Smithsonian Institution as a Case Study—A Symposium
Dec. 26 & 28Portrait Signs


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