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Inauguration Month at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

Temporary Inaugural Closures and Cancellations

January 11, 2017

The inauguration month is a great time to visit the National Portrait Gallery’s iconic collection of presidential portraits, and participate in special activities in observance of the 58th presidential inauguration. 

Portrait Story Days—Inauguration Month
Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m.; Sundays, 2 to 5 p.m.
Education Center
Visitors can listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the museum’s collection. The program is presented in partnership with Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, DC Public Library. 
Jan. 14 and 15: President Theodore Roosevelt
Jan. 21 and 22: President Barack Obama
Jan. 28 and 29: President Abraham Lincoln
Pop Quiz: Presidents
Thursday, Jan. 12; 6:30 p.m.
Kogod Courtyard 
Hail to the Chief! In preparation for the inauguration, visitors can test their knowledge of all things presidential.  
Portraits, Politics and Pageantry: On to the Next 
Thursday, Jan. 19; 1 p.m.
America’s Presidents 
Senior Historian David Ward shares fun-filled facts and little-known tales about the nation’s presidents and the issues they faced. 

The following closures and cancellations will be in effect at the Portrait Gallery:

Building Closures:
•    The National Portrait Gallery will close to the public at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 18

Tour Cancellations:
•    All docent tours at the Portrait Gallery are cancelled Jan. 18, Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 

For the most up-to-date information on closures and cancellations, refer to the museum’s online calendar at npg.si.edu/whats-on/events. For inauguration information regarding the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which shares the museum’s historic landmark building, visit americanart.si.edu

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