National Portrait Gallery
11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Closed Dec. 25
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.
Metro Station: Gallery Place-Chinatown (9th St. exit)
There is no public parking facility for the museum. City-operated metered parking and commercial lots are available.
View a map of accessible parking spaces.
Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.
Dining and Shopping
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 5:30 p.m.
The Museum Shop features a variety of distinctive objects inspired by popular works from the museum’s permanent collection as well as works from special exhibitions. If you can't or don't feel like coming in person, shop online!
Disability access service requests: NPGAccess@si.edu
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- Abraham Lincoln by W.F.K. Travers
- I Dream a World: Selections from Brian Lanker's Portraits of Remarkable Black Women: Part II
- Portrait of a Nation: 2022 Honorees
- One Life: Maya Lin
- Powerful Partnerships: Civil War-Era Couples
- Family Ties: Daguerreotype Portraits
- Block by Block: Naming Washington
- Former President Barack Obama by Artist Kehinde Wiley
- Former First Lady, Michelle Obama by Artist Amy Sherald
- America's Presidents
- Explore! with the National Portrait Gallery
- The Four Justices
- The Struggle for Justice
- Out of Many
- Twentieth-Century Americans
View all Portrait Gallery exhibitions