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We invite you to honor the extraordinary individuals who shape America’s identity by joining the Portrait Circle, the National Portrait Gallery’s premiere membership program.

As a Portrait Circle member, you are part of a generous and dedicated group of supporters who enjoy insider access to a unique array of events, exhibitions and programs. From elegant dinners and special tours to intimate visits with living sitters and artists, Circle members come face to face with American men and women who have made an impact on our country.

In additional to critical unrestricted funding, your support helps to make possible:
  • Award-winning public programs including Reel Portraits, Cultures in Motion and Author Talks
  • Special exhibitions that attract local, national and international audiences
  • Collections conservation
  • Scholarly publications
  • Acquisitions
  • Research and scholarship programs
  • Lectures and talks for all ages and interests
  • Youth and family activities
  • Partnerships with schools, including teacher guides and education materials
  • Free access to online lesson plans and educational videos


Presidents Circle: $10,000
(Value of goods and services provided is $774)

  • Gallery and online recognition for one year as having “adopted” a portrait of your choosing
  • Private morning coffee or evening cocktails and tour for you and three guests with the director
  • Private, personalized curator-led tour of the permanent collection and special exhibitions for up to ten guests
  • VIP passes for select art fairs and exclusive events around the world
  • Invitations to receptions and special events across the United States in conjunction with the Portrait Gallery’s and Smithsonian’s traveling exhibitions
  • All benefits listed below


Patriots Circle: $5,000
(Value of goods and services provided is $699)

  • Invitation for you and a guest to a private reception featuring a notable speaker or curator of a new exhibition before it opens to the public
  • Opportunity for you and a guest to attend exclusive visits to galleries and historical sites
  • A complimentary exhibition catalogue published during the year
  • Invitation to all exhibition opening receptions
  • Reserved seating at special events
  • All benefits listed below



Performers Circle: $2,500
(Value of goods and services provided is $536)

  • Invitation for you and a guest to a curator-led tour of an exhibition
  • Special access to interact with contemporary artists through private talks and studio visits
  • Invitation for you and a guest to attend two major exhibition opening receptions
  • Opportunity to attend the annual Smithsonian Members’ Weekend
  • Subscription to the monthly Smithsonian magazine
  • Recognition in the Smithsonian Annual Report
  • All benefits listed below


Pioneers Circle: $1,000
(Value of goods and services provided is $108)

  • Annual Director’s Reception honoring Circle members
  • Invitation for you and a guest to attend one major exhibition opening reception
  • Reciprocal membership benefits at museums across the country
  • Recognition in the National Portrait Gallery Annual Report
  • Membership card valid for a 20% discount in the museum’s café and gift shop

For more information about the Portrait Circle please contact us