Visitors looking at artworks


It’s always face time at the National Portrait Gallery. We tell the diverse story of America through leaders, rebels, artists, entrepreneurs, and other prominent personalities who shaped our culture.

The Portrait Gallery shares a building—named the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture—with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  There are entrances at F and G Streets. Visitors may enter the museum from either entrance.

Our landmark Greek Revival building—one of the oldest federal structures in the city—is beloved by Washingtonians.  In nice weather, the Portrait Gallery’s 7th Street steps serve as an informal picnic area during the lunch rush. Feel free to join the locals and see how our home has become a festive fixture in the community.


National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets NW
Washington, DC 20001


11:30 AM - 7:00 PM daily
Closed December 25
Admission is free


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Plan A Visit

Floor Plan and Museum Guides

Floorplan (PDF)
Self guided tour for families (PDF)

Docent Tours

Monday - Friday
11:45 a.m. 1:00, 2:15, and 3:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
11:45 a.m., 1:30, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m.

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

Kogod Courtyard

Enjoy the Kogod Courtyard and Courtyard Café

Kogod Courtyard, open courtyard with glass canopy