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Make your next event a historic occasion at the nation's only National Portrait Gallery! As part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, the museum is housed in a gloriously renovated National Historic Landmark building. Conveniently located in Washington, DC's bustling Penn Quarter neighborhood, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is an ideal place for your special event.

The National Portrait Gallery tells the multifaceted story of the United States through the individuals who have shaped American culture. Spanning the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors, and activists whose lives tell the nation’s story.

The museum can be rented for events hosting anywhere from 50 to 1,500 guests in a variety of event spaces chosen to fit your group. A team of event specialists is available to ensure an enjoyable and meaningful experience for both host and guests.

To learn more about renting the National Portrait Gallery, please contact the Office of Special Events at: (202) 633-8111 e-mail or complete an  Event Inquiry Form.