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NPG Images

The National Portrait Gallery has initiated an open access policy for digital images that comprise its charter collection. For the first time, visitors may search and download images free of charge and without authorization from the Gallery. This is in keeping with the Smithsonain's mandate to increase the diffusion of knowledge. Images will be added regularly, thus making the collection widely accessible to scholars, educators, and the general public.


National Portrait Gallery Permanent Collection

Generations of remarkable Americans are kept in the company of their fellow citizens at the National Portrait Gallery. The Gallery presents the wonderful diversity of individuals who have left—and are leaving—their mark on our country and our culture.

Now for the first time, images of the museum's most iconic portraits are available to download.

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America's Presidents in the National Portrait Gallery

The Portrait Gallery houses the nation’s only complete collection of presidential portraits outside of the White House. The images here, like those presented in the physical space of the National Portrait Gallery, belong ultimately to the American people. They are our shared story. They are cause for reflection, pride, and confidence in our nation’s past and its future. Explore “America’s Presidents” on Flickr and then come to Washington, DC, and see the actual artworks in person.

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Other NPG Flickr Groups

Join our other Flickr groups and add our phoths to the pool.

Views of the National Portrait Gallery

Since our reopening in July 2006 we have seen hundreds of photos of our museum and its exhibitions uploaded to Flickr. We have been amazed at the beauty and artistry of many of these images and would like to bring them together in one place. Please, browse our photos, join the group or add your photos to the collection.

Post your images of the NPG


The US Collection

The National Portrait Gallery has created this online space for you to upload your own image and story as part of our initiative to fuel engagement with biography, national identity, and artistic creativity.

Share your portrait with the NPG


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