Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

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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 May. 19Lincoln's Contemporaries
Thru Dec. 31Explore! With the NPG
Thru May. 19Champions
Thru Jun. 2Daguerreotypes
Thru May. 19One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey
Thru Aug. 18Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today
Thru Nov. 17Portraits of the World: Korea Exhibition
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & FridaysStory Time in our Explore! Family Space
Thru Apr. 28Orchids: Amazing Adaptations
Thru Jan. 5, 2020Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
Thru Apr. 28Portrait Story Days
Thru Apr. 28Portrait Discovery Kits
Mon. Apr 22Young Portrait Explorers: Rachel Carson
Tue. Apr 23Women Making Waves: Julie Packard and Marcia McNutt
Thu. Apr 25REMIX: Can You Dig It?
Thu. Apr 25Thursdays at Noon: Curator’s Choice
Apr. 25 & 27Portrait Signs
Fri. Apr 26Open Studio Fridays
Fri. Apr 26Conversation Circles
Apr. 26 – Aug. 9Open Studio Fridays
May. 3, 2019 – Mar. 29, 2020In Mid-Sentence
Sat. May 4Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company
Wed. May 22Identify: Performance Art as Portraiture—Jeffrey Gibson
Mon. Jun 3Whitman 200: Book Discussion of Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
Mon. Jun 3Whitman 200: Art AfterWords: Book Discussion of Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
Jun. 28, 2019 – May. 17, 2020One Life: Marian Anderson


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Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

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