Museum curator giving a tour


Dropping by the museum during your lunch hour or stopping by after work? We have many programs designed specifically for portrait enthusiasts and history buffs. See our events calendar for a full list of events and programs. 

Docent Tours

Portrait Gallery docents are experienced tour guides and educators who know the collection inside out. They are eager to introduce visitors to the works on view and offer insights into the portraits and the artists who created them. Punctuated with little-known facts about the sitters and lively anecdotes about the times in which the works were created, docent-led tours give adult visitors a true sense of why the Portrait Gallery collection mirrors our nation’s history. Docent tours are free of charge.

Docent tour

Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery

Monday–Friday: noon
Saturday and Sunday:  11:45 a.m. and 3 :15 p.m.

Docent's Choice Tour

Monday–Friday, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Tours are subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Please check our events calendar.

Group Tours

Tours of “America’s Presidents,” the permanent collections, highlights of the National Portrait Gallery, and temporary exhibitions are available for groups of twelve or more. Reservations are required.

To request a group tour, use our tour request form.  Or contact NPGAdultTours@si.edu or (202) 633-8519. Six weeks’ or more advance notice is appreciated.

Docent giving a tour