National Portrait Gallery

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8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

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

Admission is free


With the 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; workshops and programs for young people, including Saturday art activities and tours; Portrait Discovery Kits for kids and families. For a break between galleries, reflect in the Kogod Courtyard, a signature element of the building.

  • Courtyard Café
    Soups, made-to-order salads and salad bar, sandwiches, bottled beverages, espresso/cappuccino bar, wine, beer, coffee, teas, pastries, and ice cream.
    11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.* daily

    Free visitor Wi-Fi
    Discounts are available for Smithsonian Members with a valid membership card.
    *Subject to early closure for non-public museum events.

    Group dining packages »

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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