Washington DC

United States

Eighth and F Streets, NW
Washington DC
Phone: +1 202 633 1000
Fax: +1 202 275 1887
Website: www.npg.si.edu

National Portrait Gallery

Generations of remarkable Americans are kept in the company of their fellow citizens at the National Portrait Gallery. The Portrait Gallery presents the wonderful diversity of individuals who have left–and are leaving–their mark on our country and our culture. Through the visual and performing arts, 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 National Portrait Gallery is a must-visit destination.


 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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Permanent Collection

“America’s Presidents


“Portraiture Now

Previous Exhibitions

Josephine Baker: Image and Icon
Exhibited Nov. 24, 2006—Mar. 18, 2007

One Life: Walt Whitman, a kosmos
Exhibited July 1, 2006—Mar. 11, 2007

Eye Contact: Modern American Portrait Drawing
Exhibited July 1—Oct. 9, 2006

2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits
Traveling exhibition December 2004—April 2006

Gilbert Stuart
Traveling exhibition October 2004—July 2005

American Women
Traveling exhibition June 2002 —July 2005

Women of Our Time:
Twentieth–Century Photographs from the National Portrait Gallery
Traveling exhibition August 2003—February 2005

A Brush with History
Paintings from the National Portrait Gallery
Traveling exhibition August 2003—February 2005

Portrait of the Art World
A Century of ARTnews Photographs Paintings from the National Portrait Gallery
Traveling exhibition September 2002—January 2004

Portraits of the Presidents
from the National Portrait Gallery
Traveling exhibition

"Tête à Tête: Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Exhibited October 29 —January 9, 2000.
"A Durable Memento
Portraits by Augustus Washington, African American Daguerreotypist"
Exhibited September 24 —January 2, 2000
"Edward Sorel
Unauthorized Portraits"
Exhibited July 2, 1999 —January 9, 2000.
"Ernest Hemingway A Writer in His Time"
Exhibited June 18—January 9, 2000.
"Hans Namuth Portraits"
Exhibited April 30—September 6, 1999.
"Marilyn Monroe in Korea, 1954 Newly Discovered Photographs by David Geary."
Exhibited Spring, 1998
"Franklin and His Friends Portraying the Man of Science in Eighteenth...+ [ Read all ]



Opening hours

11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily Closed December 25

Getting there

The museums are conveniently located at Eighth and F Streets, NW, D.C., 20001, above the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station (Red, Yellow and Green lines).


Upper West Side Café 11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Visit the Upper West Side Café on the third floor for coffee, sandwiches, salads, and pastries.

Portico Café
Seasonal, 11:30-7:00 p.m. Enjoy the outdoor Portico Café in seasonal weather for espresso, wine, and tidbits.
The National Portrait Gallery museum shop is located on the first floor of the Donald W. Renolds Center for American Art and Portraiture and is open daily from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm. If you are interested in purchasing items you saw at the shop, please call the shop directly at (202) 633-5450

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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School programs at the National Portrait Gallery inspire students to learn about the men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States. It is the only museum of its kind in the United States to combine aspects of American history, biography, and art.

School-aged young people are able to experience the Portrait Gallery’s exhibitions through innovative “walk, talk, think, and do

Venue hire

Host an Event at the Reynolds Center

Host your corporate special event at Washington's most elegant and dazzling new venue. The Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in the Donald W. Reynolds Center have opened this historic national landmark building after a six-year renovation. The spectacular decor of the Victorian embellished Great Hall includes faux finished columns and an intricate stained glass rotunda. The Luce Foundation Center for American Art displays block-long skylights showcasing 3300 works of art on two balconied levels overlooking a marble-floored sculpture gallery.

The Great Hall, a regal space accentuated by late 19th century architectural highlights was the reception area where President Lincoln and Mrs. Lincoln greeted guests attending the president's second inaugural ball. The hand laid encaustic tile floor, curving double staircase and soaring vaulted ceilings are sure to captivate your guests.

Luce Foundation Center for American Art features three levels of Smithsonian American Art Museum's painting, sculpture, folk art, and craft collections, stored in floor to ceiling glass cases. The Luce Center's architectural elements such as the marble flooring, large windows and skylights - comparable to the length of a city block - will make any gathering an event to remember.


The Great Hall (Seated dinner 300, reception 366)
The Luce Center (seated dinner 300, reception 800)
Both spaces (seated dinner 600, reception 1150)

The Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
Seating: 346

The Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, a 346-seat facility located on the building's lower level is equipped wi...+ [ Read all ]