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 Mar. 29In Mid-Sentence
Thru May. 8, 2022Storied Women of the Civil War Era
Thru May. 31Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits
Thru May. 17One Life: Marian Anderson
Portrait Signs
A Portrait of Robert Frank
Thru Jan. 26Art Investigators: Ages 4–7
Thru Jan. 26Portrait Discovery Kits
Thru Jan. 26Portrait Story Days
Thru Apr. 25Picture This: Tours for People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision
Sun. Jan 26No Data Plan preceded by Disintegration 93-96
Mon. Jan 27Young Portrait Explorers: Fishes with Julie Packard
Mon. Jan 27Local to Global: Teaching Critical Thinking through Art—the Gallery’s first Massive Open Online Course
Fri. Jan 31Conversation Circles
Fri. Jan 31Open Studio
Sat. Feb 1Portrait Discovery Kits
Sat. Feb 1Renzo Piano — The Architect of Light
Sat. Feb 1The Wild Frontier
Sat. Feb 1Strike a Prose: High School Edition Creative Writing Inspired by Contemporary Americans
Sun. Feb 2Diane Monroe, violin, with PUBLIQuartet
Feb. 3 – 24Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company A Tribute to Marian Anderson
Feb. 3 – Apr. 6Just Us
Tue. Feb 4Speaking of Art Lecture
Tue. Feb 4Portraiture 101
Fri. Feb 7The Art of Care for Medical Professionals (Adults, 4 Sessions)
Feb. 7 – 28Conversation Circles
Feb. 7 – 28Open Studio
Sat. Feb 8Morning at the Museum
Feb. 8 – 29Portrait Story Days
Feb. 8 – Apr. 11ASL at the NGA
Sun. Feb 9LOGBOOK SERBISTAN preceded by Inventory
Sun. Feb 9Nordic Voices
Feb. 10 & 24Young Portrait Explorers: Martin Luther King Jr.
Wed. Feb 12See Me at the Portrait Gallery
Feb. 12 – 22Drawn to Figures
Sat. Feb 15Presidential Family Fun Day
Feb. 15 – 17Family Workshops
Sun. Feb 16Eighth Blackbird
Tue. Feb 18A Book Discussion: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Sat. Feb 22Strike a Prose: Middle School Edition Creative Writing Inspired by Contemporary Americans
Sat. Feb 22Day with the Girl Scouts
Sun. Feb 23Third Coast Percussion
Tue. Feb 25Jeff Koons: The Whitney Retrospective
Feb. 27 & 29Portrait Signs
Fri. Feb 28Suspicious Cheese Lords
Sat. Feb 29Strike a Prose: Elementary School Edition Creative Writing Inspired by Contemporary Americans
Sun. Mar 1McGill-McHale Trio
Sun. Mar 8Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Sun. Mar 15Agora Dance with Sound Impact
Sun. Mar 22Vera Quartet with Meng-Chieh Li, piano
Sun. Mar 22It Will Be Chaos
Fri. Mar 27Elliot Wuu
Sun. Mar 29Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble
Sun. Apr 5Bomsori Kim, violin, and Amy Yang, piano
Sun. Apr 12Junction Trio
Sun. Apr 19yMusic
Fri. Apr 24Aspen String Trio
Sun. Apr 26Robert Mirabal with ETHEL
Sun. May 3Brasil Guitar Duo with Jiji
Sun. May 10Inna Faliks, piano
Sun. May 17Ariel Quartet with Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet


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