The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum will close to the public at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 18 for an Inaugural event. All afternoon tours and programs on that day are canceled.

What's On

A group of dancers dressed in black, dancing

What's On


For a full list of exhibitions see our current exhibitions

Selected Programs

For a full list of events and programs see our calendar

Portrait Story Days: Inauguration Month

Saturdays, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Sundays,  2:00—5:00 p.m.
Education Center
Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in our collection.  In partnership with Martin Luther  King Jr. Memorial Library, DC Public Library.

  • January 7 & 8: George Washington
  • January 14 & 15: Theodore Roosevelt
  • January 21 & 22: Barack Obama
  • January 28 & 29: Abraham Lincoln

Pop Quiz: Presidents

Thursday, January 12; 6:30 p.m.
Kogod Courtyard
Hail to the chief!  Before the inauguration, test your knowledge of all things presidential.

Thursdays at Noon: Portraits, Politics and Pagentry
On to the Next

Thursday, January 19; noon
America's Presidents
Senior Historian David Ward shares fun-filled facts and little-known tales about or nation's presidents and the issues they faced.