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: Five Decades of Collecting
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 Mar. 23Drawn to Figures
Thu. Mar 21Thursdays at Noon: Overlooked
Mar. 21 – Apr. 20Portrait InSight
Fri. Mar 22Strike a Prose: Finding Footing in a Shifting Landscape
Mar. 22 – Apr. 26Open Studio Fridays
Mar. 22 – Apr. 26Conversation Circles
Mar. 23 – Apr. 28Portrait Discovery Kits
Mar. 24 – Apr. 28Portrait Story Days
Mon. Mar 25Young Portrait Explorers: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Thu. Mar 28Thursdays at Noon: Curator’s Choice
Thu. Mar 28Strike a Prose: Close Look at Eye to I
Mar. 28 – Apr. 27Portrait Signs
Mar. 29 – Aug. 9Open Studio Fridays
Mar. 29, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
Thu. Apr 4Thursdays at Noon
Sat. Apr 6Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Family Day
Sun. Apr 7Curator Tour: Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
Apr. 8 & 22Young Portrait Explorers: Rachel Carson
Thu. Apr 11Thursdays at Noon: 3 in 30
Sat. Apr 13Morning with the Girl Scouts
Sun. Apr 14Curator Tour: Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting
Wed. Apr 17Identify: Performance Art as Portraiture—Jeffrey Gibson: To Name An Other
Thu. Apr 18Thursdays at Noon: Overlooked
Thu. Apr 18Public Keynote Lecture: Lisa Tetrault
Fri. Apr 19See Me at the Portrait Gallery
Tue. Apr 23Women Making Waves: Julie Packard and Marcia McNutt
Thu. Apr 25Thursdays at Noon: Curator’s Choice
Thu. Apr 25REMIX: Can You Dig It?
May. 3, 2019 – Mar. 29, 2020In Mid-Sentence
Jun. 28, 2019 – May. 17, 2020One Life: Marian Anderson


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Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

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