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Access Programs

Portrait InSight

Experience the National Portrait Gallery's collection through vivid verbal descriptions and tactile objects. Geared towards visitors who are blind or partially sighted, these 60-minute gallery talks are offered one Thursday and Saturday a month. Topics change monthly. 

Thursday gallery talks are walk-in; Saturday talks require e-mail registration 48 hours in advance.  Meet at the G Street entrance.

Upcoming dates:

  • May 11 and 13, noon
  • June 15 and 17, noon
  • July 20 and 22, noon

Portrait Signs

Explore the National Portrait Gallery's collection with a Deaf gallery educator. Sixty-minute walk-in gallery talks in American Sign Language are offered one Thursday and Saturday a month. Topics change monthly.

Saturday talks are voice-interpreted into English so that all may attend.  Meet at the G Street entrance.

Upcoming dates:

  • April 29, noon
  • May 25 and 27, noon
  • June 22, 5 pm and June 24, noon
  • July 27, 5 pm and July 29, noon

Portrait Story Days in ASL

Young visitors and their families may drop by and listen to a story and complete an art project inspired by someone in the collection. This program will be led in ASL by a deaf educator and interpreted into English so that all may participate. For ages 3 and up.

Please check the information desk for the location.

Upcoming dates:

  • May 20, 1-4 pm

Special Request Tours

Tours can be tailored to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of your group.  To make arrangements, contact NPGAccess@si.edu or 202-633-8506.


Student Programs

Student programs at the National Portrait Gallery can accommodate a variety of learners, including students with low vision or blindness, developmental or cognitive disabilities, and those requiring ASL interpretation.  To schedule a program for your class, go to the online registration page and provide as much information as possible in the relevant text boxes.