National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery tells the story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation’s history, development, and culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery presents poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives form our national identity. The Portrait Gallery’s collection holds more than 23,000 works, including the only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House. PORTAL, the National Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center, promotes the study of American portraiture and visual biography.