What's On

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What's On

Featured

For a full list of exhibitions see our current exhibitions

Selected Programs

For a full list of events and programs see our calendar

Conversation Circle
Fridays;  10 a.m.– noon
G Street Lobby
Practice English in small groups while learning more about American history through portraiture.

Open Studio Fridays
Fridays;  1–6 p.m.
Education Center
Work with a different art material each week or explore the museum with a Portrait Discovery Kit.

Portrait Discovery Kits
Saturdays & Sundays; 1-4 p.m.
Education Center
Pick up an activity kit that guides you through the museum with games and puzzles, and learn more about the people who have made American History.

Portrait Story Days
Saturdays & Sundays; 1-4 p.m.
Education Center
Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the Portrait Gallery's collection.
Sept. 23 & 24: Jose Limon
Oct. 1 & 2: Cesar Chavez
Oct. 7 & 8: Sonia Sotomayor
Oct. 16 & 17: Pedro Martinez
Oct. 28 & 29: Edgar Allen Poe

Portrait InSight
Saturday, Sept. 23; noon
G Street Lobby
Listen to vivid verbal descriptions in a program tailored to visitors who are blind or partially sighted.  Open to all. By registration only at NPGAccess@si.edu.

The Atlantic Nineteenth-Century Writers Tour
Monday, Sept. 25-Friday, Sept.29; noon
Saturday, Sept. 30; 11:45 a.m.
F Street Lobby
John Portrait Gallery docents on a tour exploring important American writers from the nineteenth century.

The Atlantic Nineteenth-Century Writers Tour
Monday, Sept. 25-Friday, Sept.29; noon
Saturday, Sept. 30; 1:30 p.m.
F Street Lobby
John Portrait Gallery docents on a tour exploring important American writers from the nineteenth century.

Thursdays at Noon: Curator's Choice
Thursday, Sept. 28
G Street Lobby
Join historian Kate Lemay to discuss Irving Penn's portrait of Marlene Dietrich.

Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day
Saturday, Sept. 30; 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Kogod Courtyard
Bring your families to a bilngual celebration of the Latino culture, traditions, and stories that have helped shape our country.

Conversations in Music with Aaron Diehl and Murray Horwitz
Tuesday, Oct. 3; 7:30 p.m.
This program is presented jointly with Smithsonian Associates and Washington Performing Arts. Listen to stories and musical excerpts from New York Philharmonic soloist Aaron Diehl and Tony Award-winning playwright and lyricist Murray Horwitz.  Tickets at smithsonianassociates.org

Thursdays at Noon: Slow Looking
Thursday, Oct. 5
G Street Lobby
Delve into the museum's portrait of Andrew Carnegie with a Portrait Gallery educator.

Young Portrait Explorers: Edgar Allan Poe
Mondays, Oct. 9 & 23; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
G Street Lobby
Explore the Portrait Gallery in a program that touches on art and history through storytelling.  For toddlers up to age five and their adult companions. Register on EventBrite