National Portrait Gallery

Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC

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Wednesday through Sunday
11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission is free


With visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery introduces you to the people who have shaped the country—poets, presidents, actors, activists, visionaries, villains...and everyone in between. Its collection weaves together story and biography from precolonial times to the present to tell the American story.


America’s Presidents, the nation’s only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House including the Obama portraits; workshops and programs for young people; Portrait Discovery Kits for kids and families; the Kogod Courtyard.

  • Courtyard Café
    The Café offers a fresh and seasonal menu of American-inspired dishes, as well as coffee drinks, wine, beer, and desserts. Specialty sandwiches, soups, pastries, organic salads, wraps, antipasti, and organic options are all on the menu at this gorgeous, all-seasons location.
    11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

    Free visitor Wi-Fi
    Discounts are available for Smithsonian Members with a valid membership card.

Metro Station: Gallery Place-Chinatown (9th St. exit)

There is no public parking facility for the museum. Limited metered parking and commercial lots are available—see parking map. Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.

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