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.

  • Temporarily closed.

    Courtyard Café
    The Café offers a fresh and seasonal menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Using primarily local, organic, and sustainable ingredients, the lunch menu includes salads, soups, quiche, sandwiches, and a selection of cheeses. The Café also offers desserts, such as cheesecake, bread pudding, and kid-friendly cookies and cupcakes.
    11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.* daily (Lunch menu served until 3 p.m. weekdays and 4 p.m. weekends)

    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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