We are open Saturday, January 20 through Monday, January 22 along with the rest of the Smithsonian museums and National Zoo. We are awaiting guidance on how the government shutdown might impact our operating status beyond Monday.


Two visitors viewing Abraham Lincoln by Alexander Gardner

Portrait Patrons

Become a Portrait Patron by supporting the National Portrait Gallery’s annual fund.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the multi-faceted story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation’s history, development, and culture.  Through powerful imagery, we connect people and their stories.  Behind each portrait is the story of a life that impacted American history in some profound way—an individual who made a difference.  By making a gift today, you too can make a difference.

Your fully tax-deductible donation to the Portrait Gallery works alongside funds allocated annually by Congress to sustain our one-of-a-kind collections, exhibitions, and outreach programs.  Take your place among the generations of incredible Americans who have left—and continue to leave—their mark on our nation. 

Become a Portrait Patron


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To make a gift of $1,000 or more, consider joining the Portrait Circle , our annual membership program.

For more information, contact the National Portrait Gallery Office of Advancement at (202) 633-8238 or NPGAdvancement@si.edu.