A group of visitors viewing a portrait of Marian Anderson

Access Programs

Icon for verbal description  Visitors Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Portrait InSight

Experience the National Portrait Gallery's vast collection through vivid verbal descriptions and tactile objects. Tours are 60 minutes long and themes change monthly.  Meet at the G Street entrance.

Tours are offered every second Thursday and Saturday of the month at noon.  Thursday tours are walk-in; Saturday tours require e-mail registration 48 hours in advance.  Upcoming tours:

  • January 12 and 14
  • February 9 and 11
  • March 9 and 11


Icon for sign language   Visitors Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing  

Portrait Signs

Join a deaf gallery educator for a tour of the Portrait Gallery's collection in ASL. Tours are 60 minutes long and are voice-interpreted into English.  Meet at the G Street entrance. 

Walk-in tours are offered every fourth Thursday and Saturday of the month at noon.  Upcoming tour dates:

  • January 26 and 28
  • February 23 and 25
  • March 23 and 25


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.