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NPG Great HallWelcome to the National Portrait Gallery

The mission of the National Portrait Gallery is to tell the story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation's history, development and culture.

The museum is conveniently located at Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Museum Hours:
11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily
Closed December 25

Admission: FREE

General Information Number
(202) 633-8300

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Reynolds Center?

The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum—two museums that tell America's stories through art, history and biography—share a newly renovated National Historic Landmark building in downtown Washington D.C. The Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, named in honor of a generous gift from the a Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, includes the two museums and their special-purpose facilities: the Lunder Conservation Center, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard.

What is the closest Metro stop? Is parking available?

The museums are conveniently located above the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station (Red, Yellow and Green lines). Metro hours, fare information, and maps are available at When exiting the Metro please take the Arena exit at 7th and F Streets.

The DC Circulator also serves the museums' Penn Quarter neighborhood. Hours, fare information and maps are available at

There are a few parking lots and ramps in the vicinity of the museums. For their location, please view this map.

Is there barrier-free access for visitors to the Reynolds Center?

Barrier-free access is available at G Street entrance. All areas of the museum are served by elevators. Wheelchairs are available. Please ask the Security officer stationed at the museum entrance about wheelchair loans.

What can I bring with me into the museums?

Please help us protect our artworks by not smoking, eating, or drinking in the galleries. Suitcases, large umbrellas, and all backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Bag check is not offered, but free lockers are available for smaller items. Please limit the use of cellular phones when in the galleries. Bags, boxes, and packages may be inspected for security reasons upon entrance or exit.

Is there a place to check my coat?

Yes, a self-check coat room located in the F Street Lobby.

Is photography allowed in the galleries?

Handheld photography and video for personal use are permitted in the permanent collection galleries, but not in special exhibitions or in the Lunder Conservation Center. No tripods are allowed. Commercial use must be pre-arranged with the museum's Public Affairs Office.

What dining options are available?

Currently there is one dining option available, the Courtyard Café

An American-inspired menu is available in the museums' new Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard.

Are there museum stores?

A wide variety of collection-inspired gifts, graphics, books and more are available in the museum's stores on the first floor. Open 11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Where can I find a list of special exhibitions?

Visit the Current Exhibitions page for a listing of current and upcoming special exhibitions.

Are there any tours or public programs scheduled during my visit?

Check the Events and Programs page for information on what is happening at the museum on the day of your visit.

How do I arrange a visit for a school group?

To schedule an educator-led school program, visit the School Programs page or contact the School and Teacher Program Coordinator at Facilitated programs require one month's advance notice. Self-guided visits do not require reservations.

Where can I get more information on visiting the Smithsonian?

Learn more about visiting this and other Smithsonian Institution museums on the main Smithsonian Web site.

How do I contact the museum?

National Portrait Gallery: 202-633-8300

Smithsonian Information: 202-633-1000
TTY: 202-633-5285

To reach Lost and Found, call (202) 633-5630.

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